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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Inspired by Victor Hugo's classic novel, this Disney film brings to life the adventures of Quasimodo, Notre Dame's gentle, crippled bell ringer. Rescued by fellow outcast Esmeralda, Quasi soon finds himself battling to save the city he loves.
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Netflix Rating: 3.7
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 74%
Critics' score: 74   Audience score: 64   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

It's an emotionally rounded fairy tale that balances darkness and sentimentality, pathos and triumph, with uncanny grace. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

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

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

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

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

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

John F. Kelly, Washington Post

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

Jeremy Gerard, Variety

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

Trevor Johnston, Time Out

Gorgeous but dark -- not the usual Disney experience. full review

Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

Adding to the film's split personality is Demi Moore.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

A high point in the renaissance of Disney animation. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The Hunchback's message -- that beauty is only skin deep -- goes only so far. full review

Rita Kempley, Washington Post

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

This is the least-enjoyable animated feature to come from the studio since its 1989 rebirth. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

The latest and most uncertain of Disney's animated efforts, with its manic mood swings and cloying, none-too-cuddly hero. full review

Janet Maslin, New York Times

This is pretty sophisticated for so-called kid stuff.

Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today

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

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
full review by Susan Stark, Detroit News
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