The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

This second film version of the Victor Hugo novel Notre Dame de Paris (the first was a Theda Bara vehicle, The Dancer of Paris) was a super-duper-spectacular as only Hollywood of the 1920s could make them, but it is never so large that it… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 2, 1923
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A heart-rending take on the classic book, with a legendary performance by Lon Chaney.

Tom Milne
Time Out

Worth seeing mainly for Chaney's remarkable performance; even bowed and constricted by the heavy weights he used to help simulate Quasimodo's crippled gait, his body remains extraordinarily expressive.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

It's for [Chaney's] inimitable genius alone that this sprawling saga is now most fondly remembered.

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J.C. Mašek III

From any facet or dimension, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a true classic in its own right due to its ambition, scope, scale and payoff. However, the real reason to see this film is the incomparable performance of one Lon Chaney.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The self-torture demanded by Chaney's makeup is impressive, as are the scales of the sets and the crowd scenes, but nothing comes to life under the flat direction of Wallace Worsley.

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Brian Orndorf

It's a total physical transformation that's often stunning to behold, selling effective make-up effects and behavior extremes with real gusto.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

Lon Chaney created a lot of twisted wretches, vengeful villains, and criminal masterminds, but Quasimodo remains his most sympathetic screen character.

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TV Guide

The fourth and most spectacular silent version of Victor Hugo's classic story Notre-Dame de Paris made Lon Chaney a major star.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

An awe-inspiring achievement, featuring magnificent sets (built on the Universal backlot), the proverbial cast of thousands (the crowd scenes are mesmerizing) and an opportunity to catch Lon Chaney at his most commanding.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

It's held up remarkably well.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo takes it upon himself to protect the beautiful and kindhearted gypsy girl Esmeralda when she is falsely accused of murder. The… More
Devon Bott
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is possibly the earliest film adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel and features some of the most iconic film visuals of… More
Christopher Heim
Worth seeing for Lon Chaney's performance and the grand 15th century Paris settings.
Tim Salmons
Beautiful film. Very well acted.
Kylie B
To be honest I was expecting to like this a lot more than I did. I'm especially disappointed that adaptation decay existed even in the very early pictures,… More
Veronique Kwak
silent "the hunchback of notre dame" is the primary stage of this classic adaption from victor hugo's masterpiece, compared with the later 40s… More