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: June 21, 1996
DVD Release Date: December 16, 1997
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Critic Score: 71% 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.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

These ideas are presented with effective songs and, yes, tasteful bits of humor.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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

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Matthew Lucas
From the Front Row

It is a great paradox, a film denied commercial success because of its darker themes, but a film that succeeds artistically for those very reasons.

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Empire Magazine

A solid, enjoyable, beautifully animated Disney movie, but one not quite out of the top drawer.

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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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Rachel Wagner

The messages in the movie are very muddled.

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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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Mark Steyn
The Spectator

A better title for the film would have been Beauty and the Beast, but Disney's already done that -- which may be why Alan Menken's score sounds like warmed over off-cuts from its predecessor.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
Carlos Magalh„es
The heavy changes in the original story, like its inevitable softening to be more palatable for children, may displease some, but still it tackles serious… 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
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
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