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

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 2, 1923
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2002
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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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It opened at Carnegie Hall instead of a regular movie house, marking it as more than a movie--an event.

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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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M. Faust
Common Sense Media

This classic silent film will appeal to teens.

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Josh Larsen

Lon Chaney's Quasimodo is one of early cinema's most forlorn and tragic movie monsters, on par with King Kong and Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's creation.

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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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Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects

Even though it diverts from the original novel, the film is still ultimately a tragic, triumphant story.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Of interest today strictly for Lon Chaney's bell-ringing performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% 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