The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: December 16, 1997
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Disney's take on the Victor Hugo classic is dramatically uneven, but its strong visuals, dark themes, and message of tolerance make for a more-sophisticated-than-average children's film.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The result is a grand cartoon cathedral, teeming with gargoyles and treachery, hopeless love and tortured lust.

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Jeremy Gerard

There is much to admire in Hunchback, not least the risk of doing such a downer of a story at all.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A shameful iteration of a literary masterpiece.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Surely one of Disney's ugliest and least imaginative efforts.

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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.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

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John F. Kelly
Washington Post

Disney has created a movie that, like Quasimodo himself, is half formed.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Gorgeous but dark -- not the usual Disney experience.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The heavy changes in the original story, like its inevitable softening to be more palatable for children, may displease some people, but even so it tackles… More
Michael Edwards
Hunchback of Notre Dame is probably one of the best book adaptions I've seen in my life. While it is still is strange that Disney would do a story this… More
Sam Barnett
One of Disney's boldest and darkest animated films (there certainly hasn't been anything like it since), "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is… More
Samuel Riley
One of Disney's darkest movies. Some of its themes are rather uneasy topics; prejudice, lust and ideas of genocide. However, this doesn't stop… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
The film has its glaring flaws. I could do without the childish gargoyles (obvious pandering to kids) and without the lazy and annoying puns that are scattered… More
Alex roy
The Notre Dame is a decent film, but it is clear that the Disney animated legacy ended with the stunning Lion King. With this film, I feel that Disney totally… More