The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Reviews

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January 11, 2018
An incredibly underrated classic of Disney's renaissance era. Simply not best suited for very young children due to dark and complex themes.
January 6, 2018
Great movie, great songs, but don't watch near a fireplace!
½ December 22, 2017
With beautiful visuals, strong music, and older/dark themes, this leads to my favorite movie. Easily well said to be recommended
½ November 18, 2017
For a Disney movie, this is by far the darkest one I have seen. Unfortunately, it's also pretty overlooked by many, which is why it's so underrated. That doesn't mean that it is also one of my favorite Disney movies. The biggest reason is because of how different it is from their other films. It's definitely not your average, lighthearted feature, so if you have never seen this but want to, do not go in expecting it to be filled with sunshine and lollipops. It's the complete opposite of lighthearted, it's dark. You know what makes it so dark? One word: Frollo. He is the definition of an awesome villain. He's sick, twisted, intelligent, cruel, and sadistic. He will stop at nothing at trying to get what he truly desires. It's quite clear that he is the most intimidating Disney villain of them all. Every time he appears on screen, you know things are about to get real and go down. Disney took lots of risks with this movie, and to me, they were worth it. It's a very nice change of pace that still works. My, along with everyone else's biggest and only complaint with the movie is about the gargoyles. They simply do not fit with the tone of the movie whatsoever. I know that Disney needed comic relief characters to prevent their movie from receiving a PG rating, but still. This is my only complaint though, because other than that, it's a 9.5 out of 10. Very entertaining, looks great, and has many memorable moments, making it one of my favorite Disney movies of all time!
½ October 26, 2017
Great Disney animated film ever
½ October 7, 2017
Disney took a great risk with this. It doesn't qualify as a 'family picture' but is instead considered a milestone. The religious notions are simple enough to understand, and the animation is still top-notch work. It's oversaturated with songs, and that's all I can say is bad.
September 23, 2017
All right so this is one of my favorite Disney movies! I like how it takes place in Paris The cathedral is so cool that the graphics are very well done to the movie it looks so real to me. The music in the movie was great and there where funny parts in the movie that made me laugh I recommend the movie!
½ September 12, 2017
Disney takes a risk, and it pays off gorgeously, in my opinion better than the Lion King.
September 10, 2017
This great, fun, musical treat is violent and cruel. Nevertheless, it is a happy serving of drama for children of mature ages. This Disney movie, one of the more darker ones, is a must see for everyone.
August 19, 2017
I liked this movie. Had adventure, characters to love (or love to hate), and themes, humour, and content to keep not just kids but adults interested too. Not a perfect movie of course, but I unashamedly own it. It's far different from the original story but that's ok, Disney did their own take. The music and animation was fantastic and the tones were fun and adventurous but also dark and sinister. 7.5/10
August 15, 2017
Claude Frollo is one of the best Disney villains due to the concept that he sees no evil in himself. This is a very underrated Disney movie and deserves a revival in popularity. The music is great. Quasimodo is not a typical Disney hero. The dark overtone is a different for a Disney movie.
½ August 10, 2017
The most underrated Disney movie ever.
½ August 5, 2017
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of the darkest Disney animated musicals. It has themes of obsession, judgement, damnation, racism, and murder. Surprisingly, this stuff kind of works because this movie has one of the most underrated Disney villains of all time. Judge Claude Frollo is so deliciously evil, and yet he believes his behavior is righteous. I also like the fact that Quasimodo has to struggle through something that is unprecedented in Disney films...not getting the girl. Despite some of the good stuff in the film, the reason that The Hunchback of Notre Dame doesn?t work is that they take all this heavy stuff and still try to make it for little kids. There are these silly gargoyles that come to life, crack jokes, and counsel Quasimodo. They do not fit the tone of this film at all, and are kind of stupid. The sad thing is that they almost work as a plot device, because for awhile it seems they are merely a figment of Quasimodo?s imagination. This would have worked perfectly and allowed the film to have the lightness and still maintain the proper tone when we realize we?ve been living those moments in Quasi?s head. But then the gargoyles start affecting things and begin coming to life for other people, and you realize they are supposed to be real characters. The songs are also a problem in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, because they are not all that memorable or catchy. The ?Hellfire? sequence is probably the only exception because it is so powerful, and it encapsulates Frollo?s entire story. I still like this movie, but it?s not one of the essential Disney animated films, and I won?t be buying a soundtrack any time soon.
½ August 3, 2017
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August 1, 2017
Finally, a Disney movie with characters that had a true range of emotion! The movie was dark, likeable, and well scored!
July 22, 2017
this movie is my favorite disney movie, so it has some massive problems the good stuff is so good I can't resist, first I will start of with the bad stuff, the Gargoyles are really annoying sometimes they are ok but I wished they left them out, this movies message is an ugly duckling story but they only mock people from there looks like Quazimoto, I really hate them. sometimes it isn't constant and is uneven, that's it, they are major problems but lets talk about the good stuff, The score with the choir is fucking amazing!!, I feel like I'm watching the godfather, the songs are also more epic, there is the funny song and the hero song which are done really well but then you get the Hell Fire song, that song is so epic, dark, and well done I feel like this is the greatest movie of all time, quzimoto and ezmerelde are very good together, with both the actors doing a great job, everyone else is either done ok or good except for the gargoyles, now lets talk about Frollo, he is the best villain of all disney history, he is dark he is twisted something that you wouldn't think they would put in a disney movie, to think about is everything else is dark the themes and the visuals, for me I really love this one it's my favorite disney movie by far.
½ July 17, 2017
A schmaltzy film based off of a grim book, this film is guaranteed to confuse the children. Oh, and Esmeralda knows how to pole dance.
June 25, 2017
Quoting a review on RT: "The result is a grand cartoon cathedral, teeming with gargoyles and treachery, hopeless love and tortured lust."

I like it, sums up my thoughts well so I'll use it here. :)
June 10, 2017
Such an underrated Disney film! If you haven't seen this movie yet, definitely check it out! Maybe Victor Hugo fans won't enjoy it since this film was criticized at the time of its release for not being faithful to the story it's based on, but if you want to witness an amazing movie crafted by the professionals at Disney, you have no reason not to watch this film!
June 2, 2017
Sure, the film feels out of balance thanks to a couple of weak supporting characters and a couple of undeveloped scenes and such. However, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" still delivered its dark themes and a strong message to outshine itself from any certain disaster. Bravo Disney for being brave in releasing this movie. Its certainly different from every other kiddie movies you released.
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