The Hunchback of Notre Dame Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 1, 2013
A shameful iteration of a literary masterpiece.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
March 3, 2013
Unlike its lighter, child-friendly direct-to-video sequel, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is a mostly adult movie with plenty of dark and somber moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 1, 2009
If not for some hopelessly incompetent and wasted attempts to lighten the mood... it might well be able to compete with Beauty and the Beast as the best film of the Disney Renaissance.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

Empire Magazine
September 2, 2008
A solid, enjoyable, beautifully animated Disney movie, but one not quite out of the top drawer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
September 2, 2008
An improvement on 1995's Pocahontas, but not as good as the classics.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 2, 2008
The result is a grand cartoon cathedral, teeming with gargoyles and treachery, hopeless love and tortured lust.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 2, 2008
Considering that Disney couldn't help but trash Victor Hugo's novel in the process of reforming it for tender young sensibilities, this animated adaptation of his Notre Dame de Paris is pricklier and more disturbing than we had any right to expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 2, 2008
Surely one of Disney's ugliest and least imaginative efforts.
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John F. Kelly
Washington Post
September 2, 2008
Disney has created a movie that, like Quasimodo himself, is half formed.
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Jeremy Gerard
Variety
July 22, 2008
There is much to admire in Hunchback, not least the risk of doing such a downer of a story at all.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
Disney has rediscovered the dark magic of the psyche.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Though Alan Menken's music misses the big tune that would cap Stephen Schwartz's nimble lyrics, it's the thematic sophistication that brings the movie to life, making older children and adults its best audience.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
February 5, 2006
A inevitável infantilização do clássico de Victor Hugo não compromete o núcleo dramático da história %u2013 e as belíssimas canções e o visual espetacular mais do que compensam as falhas pontuais da adaptação.
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
[A] must see summer movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 2, 2005
Pretty to look at; dramatically inert.
| Original Score: 2/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 7, 2004
Beautifully produced Disney, although not in a league with the best
| Original Score: 3/5
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
If you want to know what really happened to Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Frollo and Phoebus, try the library.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
This year's Disney full-length animated installment is a good one.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
April 6, 2003
Not for kids (rated G?) but enjoyable for adults.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Gorgeous but dark -- not the usual Disney experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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