The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Reviews

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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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 10, 2002
...spectacular visual delights, plus a modicum of thought and an unusually dark tone not usually found in a Disney effort.
| Original Score: 7/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 24, 2002
Makes a good case for self-esteem, tolerance, and social conscience.
Christopher Null
March 23, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Adding to the film's split personality is Demi Moore.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Like another famous tale set in Paris, Disney's animated version of Victor Hugo's venerable The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the best of times and, if not really the worst of times, something uncomfortably close to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
This is classic Disney, a great story, lovingly crafted, with a solid musical score. It is a wonderful film for the whole family.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The latest and most uncertain of Disney's animated efforts, with its manic mood swings and cloying, none-too-cuddly hero.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
This is the least-enjoyable animated feature to come from the studio since its 1989 rebirth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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January 1, 2000
By sticking faithfully to the broader themes of Hugo's story -- those of desolation and desire, of trust and betrayals thereof -- the creators have fashioned the most poignant and deeply moral story to roll off the Disney storyboards in decades.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A high point in the renaissance of Disney animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The Hunchback's message -- that beauty is only skin deep -- goes only so far.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Although I like the film and recommend it, I will admit upfront that I was disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The Hunchback of Notre Dame ultimately misses its target, as it's more likely to find acceptance with an older-than-average Disney crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
It's hard not to admire what has been accomplished, despite whatever reservations one might have about the plundering of Hugo's classic source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
This is pretty sophisticated for so-called kid stuff.
| Original Score: 4/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Hunchback will be instructive to children. But the movie felt a little overly educational to me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Keyes
January 1, 2000
Make your children see the movie. If they get to like the deformed main character, then you know these kids can tell the difference between right and wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Song and dance numbers were probably not what Victor Hugo had in mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
There is no question that computer technology is allowing Disney animators an ever-increasing freedom, and the opportunity to create some astonishing images.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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