The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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After the critical and commercial success of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, the Walt Disney Pictures animation studio embarked on their most serious and ambitious animated feature to date with this adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel Notre Dame de Paris. Quasimodo (voice of Tom Hulce) is a grotesquely deformed but kind-hearted young man who was abandoned by his parents as an infant and thrown down a well; he was rescued by the priests of Notre Dame, the massive cathedral in the heart of Paris, and he lives there, earning his keep as a bell ringer.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The result is a grand cartoon cathedral, teeming with gargoyles and treachery, hopeless love and tortured lust."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"There is much to admire in Hunchback, not least the risk of doing such a downer of a story at all."
‑ Jeremy Gerard, Variety
"A shameful iteration of a literary masterpiece."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A solid, enjoyable, beautifully animated Disney movie, but one not quite out of the top drawer."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Disney has rediscovered the dark magic of the psyche."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Surely one of Disney's ugliest and least imaginative efforts."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"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."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"An improvement on 1995's Pocahontas, but not as good as the classics."
‑ , Film4
"A inevitável infantilização do clássico de Victor Hugo não compromete o núcleo dramático da história %u2013 e as belíssimas canções e o visual espetacular mais do que compensam as falhas pontuais da adaptação."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Disney has created a movie that, like Quasimodo himself, is half formed."
‑ John F. Kelly, Washington Post
"Gorgeous but dark -- not the usual Disney experience."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"[A] must see summer movie."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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