It's an emotionally rounded fairy tale that balances darkness and sentimentality, pathos and triumph, with uncanny grace.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The latest and most uncertain of Disney's animated efforts, with its manic mood swings and cloying, none-too-cuddly hero.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
This is pretty sophisticated for so-called kid stuff.
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
Disney has created a movie that, like Quasimodo himself, is half formed.
John F. Kelly - Washington Post
The Hunchback's message -- that beauty is only skin deep -- goes only so far.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
A high point in the renaissance of Disney animation.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Surely one of Disney's ugliest and least imaginative efforts.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Susan Stark - Detroit News
There is much to admire in Hunchback, not least the risk of doing such a downer of a story at all.
Jeremy Gerard - Variety
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.
Mary Elizabeth Williams - Salon.com
This is the least-enjoyable animated feature to come from the studio since its 1989 rebirth.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The result is a grand cartoon cathedral, teeming with gargoyles and treachery, hopeless love and tortured lust.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Adding to the film's split personality is Demi Moore.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
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.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
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.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
An improvement on 1995's Pocahontas, but not as good as the classics.
Dean Essner - Film4
A solid, enjoyable, beautifully animated Disney movie, but one not quite out of the top drawer.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Considering that Disney couldn't help but trash Victor Hugo's novel in the process of reforming it for tender young sensibilities, this animated adaptation of his Notre Dame de Paris is pricklier and more disturbing than we had any right to expect.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Disney has rediscovered the dark magic of the psyche.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
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.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
A inevitavel infantilizacao do classico de Victor Hugo nao compromete o nucleo dramatico da historia %u2013 e as belissimas cancoes e o visual espetacular mais do que compensam as falhas pontuais da adaptacao.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
[A] must see summer movie.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Pretty to look at; dramatically inert.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Beautifully produced Disney, although not in a league with the best
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
If you want to know what really happened to Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Frollo and Phoebus, try the library.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
This year's Disney full-length animated installment is a good one.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Not for kids (rated G?) but enjoyable for adults.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Gorgeous but dark -- not the usual Disney experience.
Peter Stack - San Francisco Chronicle
Dean Essner - Reel.com
...spectacular visual delights, plus a modicum of thought and an unusually dark tone not usually found in a Disney effort.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Makes a good case for self-esteem, tolerance, and social conscience.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
This is classic Disney, a great story, lovingly crafted, with a solid musical score. It is a wonderful film for the whole family.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The Hunchback of Notre Dame ultimately misses its target, as it's more likely to find acceptance with an older-than-average Disney crowd.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Hunchback will be instructive to children. But the movie felt a little overly educational to me.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
Much more than just a moving, emotionally resonant cartoon--it is a moving, emotionally resonant motion picture, period.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Although I like the film and recommend it, I will admit upfront that I was disappointed.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
It's hard not to admire what has been accomplished, despite whatever reservations one might have about the plundering of Hugo's classic source material.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Song and dance numbers were probably not what Victor Hugo had in mind.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
There is no question that computer technology is allowing Disney animators an ever-increasing freedom, and the opportunity to create some astonishing images.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Make your children see the movie. If they get to like the deformed main character, then you know these kids can tell the difference between right and wrong.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
I wish Disney had stuck to a lesser-known and lesser-loved book.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews