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A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. In the mid-'20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos (John C. Reilly). Roxie is having an affair on the side with Fred Casley (Dominic West), a smooth talker who insists he can make her a star. However, Fred strings Roxie along a bit too far for his own good, and when she realizes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As sentimental as a plywood casket, Chicago has satirical bite and a mean wit that somehow never obscures its characters' unlikely likability."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"The net effect of the incessant dazzle is depressing."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Not only for theater aficionados, Chicago is a musical for people who don't even like musicals, weaving its deliriously dark tale with enough cyanide-laced cynicism to win over folks who wouldn't know Oklahoma! from Oh! Calcutta!"
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It took more than a quarter of a century to bring the 1975 musical Chicago to the screen, but it was worth the wait to get it right."
‑ Brian Pendreigh, Radio Times
"Chicago is a great movie musical."
‑ Steve Vineberg, Boston Phoenix
"With performers as good as these and the freshness of Bill Condon's screenplay and Marshall's direction, there's really very little wrong with Chicago. What it lacks is something intangible -- heat."
‑ Ben Nuckols, Associated Press
"The song-and-dance numbers are calisthenic but unspectacular, with too much fast cutting, and the tone throughout is harmlessly facetious."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Chicago becomes less of a literal skewering of how celebrity criminals manipulate a rigged game, and more of a pure fantasy, not meant to be taken seriously."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Despite the hype and an expected bonanza at the box office, the film is actually a disappointment. Quite simply, it is edited to death."
‑ Jean Oppenheimer, Screen International
"Considering that none of the three leads is a pro singer or dancer, Chicago is surprisingly a brassy, enjoyable movie musical, with at least a couple of risque production numbers."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Rob Marshall's screen version of the near-venerable show looks great, in its razzly-dazzly neo-Fosse way, and sounds good, especially when Renee Zellweger's gorgeous Roxie Hart is singing her heart out."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The film has punch, but it never really conveys the delicious, redeeming sense that life can be lived on the hoof."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"It's refreshing to see a robust, streamlined adaptation that drips with steamy sex appeal while staying true to the original."
‑ , Total Film
"From the incredible performances to the outstanding songs to all of the technical marvels behind and in front of the camera, there isn't a single weak link to be found."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Oscar-winning satire all about the razzle-dazzle."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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