'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   51 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    It's an emotionally rounded fairy tale that balances darkness and sentimentality, pathos and triumph, with uncanny grace.
    Full Review » 18 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The latest and most uncertain of Disney's animated efforts, with its manic mood swings and cloying, none-too-cuddly hero.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Susan Wloszczyna USA Today (Top Critic)
    100
    This is pretty sophisticated for so-called kid stuff.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • John F. Kelly Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Disney has created a movie that, like Quasimodo himself, is half formed.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The Hunchback's message -- that beauty is only skin deep -- goes only so far.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    A high point in the renaissance of Disney animation.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Surely one of Disney's ugliest and least imaginative efforts.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    100
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jeremy Gerard Variety (Top Critic)
    There is much to admire in Hunchback, not least the risk of doing such a downer of a story at all.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Mary Elizabeth Williams Salon.com (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    This is the least-enjoyable animated feature to come from the studio since its 1989 rebirth.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    The result is a grand cartoon cathedral, teeming with gargoyles and treachery, hopeless love and tortured lust.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    Adding to the film's split personality is Demi Moore.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 14 years ago
  • James Plath Movie Metropolis
    70
    Unlike its lighter, child-friendly direct-to-video sequel, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is a mostly adult movie with plenty of dark and somber moments.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    80
    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 » 5 years ago
  • Film4
    An improvement on 1995's Pocahontas, but not as good as the classics.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Empire Magazine
    80
    A solid, enjoyable, beautifully animated Disney movie, but one not quite out of the top drawer.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    63
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Rob Gonsalves eFilmCritic.com
    80
    Disney has rediscovered the dark magic of the psyche.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Trevor Johnston Time Out
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Pablo Villaca Cinema em Cena
    100
    A inevitavel infantilizacao do classico de Victor Hugo nao compromete o nucleo dramatico da historia %u2013 e as belissimas cancoes e o visual espetacular mais do que compensam as falhas pontuais da adaptacao.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    20
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    92
    [A] must see summer movie.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Scott Weinberg eFilmCritic.com
    40
    Pretty to look at; dramatically inert.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
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