The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
April 2, 2005
Pretty to look at; dramatically inert.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 2, 2008
Surely one of Disney's ugliest and least imaginative efforts.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 1, 2013
A shameful iteration of a literary masterpiece.
Christopher Null
March 23, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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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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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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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The Hunchback's message -- that beauty is only skin deep -- goes only so far.
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
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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
Emanuel Levy
July 1, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
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John F. Kelly
Washington Post
September 2, 2008
Disney has created a movie that, like Quasimodo himself, is half formed.

TV 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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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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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
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
I wish Disney had stuck to a lesser-known and lesser-loved book.
Full Review | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
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
Rob Gonsalves
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.
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