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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Reviews

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½ December 2, 2014
This movie stayed relatively true to the book's story and characters. It is a film of it's times and does lack the cinema feel as it went straight to T.V and then DVD. The greatest flaw of the movie is Down's portrayal of Esmeralda who only appeared to show a sign of human emotion when she was speaking. The saving grace of the film was Jacobi's masterful portrayal of Frollo; he brought out the human side to this tortured soul which is rarely done in the movie iterations. He makes you pity him while still never fully empathise with him which I LOVE in a villain. Hopkins' performance is good but the movie doesn't give us enough time to see him develop his character (which is important when he is the subject of the title!) Overall 25% of the movie is a must-see (all of the scenes Jacobi is in) while 75% of the movie is dull.
½ December 25, 2013
I've not seen any of the other versions of this film but i remember this being quite a moving film from when I was seven years old. It's fairly slow in the middle but the long-lasting image of the unfortunate ginger monster is forever ingrained in my brain.
February 15, 2013
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is filled with fantastic performances, but dragged down by it's script.
August 22, 2011
still not as faithful to the book as one would like, but some great performances by Hopkins and Jakobi.
½ November 24, 2010
Very good version of the story but pales in comparison with the Charles Laughton version.
May 25, 2010
I'm honestly just a sucker for this story in whatever incarnation it's in.
January 24, 2010
Although unfaithful to its source material, this version of the venerable tale still entertains with its solid cast and production values. Anthony Hopkins is near unrecognizable in the role, although once you know its him you can hear his voice and method coming through the make-up. The design of Quasimodo is quite good for its time and Hopkins throws himself into the strange physicality of the character with his unique walks and poses. Jacobi is 180 degrees from his Cadfel person here, bringing conviction to his lust-driven Frollo. Its nice to see David Suchet, looking quite powerful in fact, but he adds little here to the movie. The direction is quite good with only a rather dodgy moment at the end as Quasimodo hangs from one of the gargoyles coming off as looking really cheap. The sets are quite spacious and convincing, especially the bell tower with its maze of bells. The finale is very different from the original novel, however its come to be expected by audiences that Esmeralda lives at the end. As the object of everyone's affection, you could do worse then the lovely Lesly Anne Downe. Its really no stretch of the imagination to find just about every male in the movie lust after her and tell her she's beautiful every five minutes. The movie manages to retain the poignancy of Quasimodo's character in the end, despite it being different.
Super Reviewer
½ October 29, 2009
The adaption from the Victor Hugo Classic novel. The make up was a little poor, a reflection of it?s time no doubt, interesting role choice for Anthony Hopkins as it didn?t really exert his acting skills particularly well, but the story was told and made watchable viewing.
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