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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Reviews

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Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 28, 2002
The self-torture demanded by Chaney's makeup is impressive, as are the scales of the sets and the crowd scenes, but nothing comes to life under the flat direction of Wallace Worsley.
J.C. Mašek III
April 18, 2014
From any facet or dimension, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a true classic in its own right due to its ambition, scope, scale and payoff. However, the real reason to see this film is the incomparable performance of one Lon Chaney.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
January 16, 2011
It's held up remarkably well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 17, 2016
It's for [Chaney's] inimitable genius alone that this sprawling saga is now most fondly remembered.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
February 11, 2009
Even though it diverts from the original novel, the film is still ultimately a tragic, triumphant story.
Brian Orndorf
May 10, 2014
It's a total physical transformation that's often stunning to behold, selling effective make-up effects and behavior extremes with real gusto.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Worth seeing mainly for Chaney's remarkable performance; even bowed and constricted by the heavy weights he used to help simulate Quasimodo's crippled gait, his body remains extraordinarily expressive.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 24, 2008
It opened at Carnegie Hall instead of a regular movie house, marking it as more than a movie--an event.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
April 3, 2014
Lon Chaney created a lot of twisted wretches, vengeful villains, and criminal masterminds, but Quasimodo remains his most sympathetic screen character.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
April 13, 2007
Of interest today strictly for Lon Chaney's bell-ringing performance.
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 19, 2004
Absolutely chilling, sad, awesome Chaney
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
M. Faust
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
This classic silent film will appeal to teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Larsen
November 3, 2008
Lon Chaney's Quasimodo is one of early cinema's most forlorn and tragic movie monsters, on par with King Kong and Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 1, 2003
One of the best silent films ever made. Chaney's makeup is still incredible.
| Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
An awe-inspiring achievement, featuring magnificent sets (built on the Universal backlot), the proverbial cast of thousands (the crowd scenes are mesmerizing) and an opportunity to catch Lon Chaney at his most commanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2003
[The film] is dominated by Chaney as the ugly but heart-breaking deaf bell ringer, Quasimodo. With his pained expression, grotesque make-up and extraordinary ape like agility, it is one of the great performances of silent cinema.
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