Chicago (2002)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 27, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A rousing and energetic adaptation of the Broadway musical, Chicago succeeds on the level pure spectacle, but provides a surprising level of depth and humor as well.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Chicago is sexy, sordid and sensational, the Windy City's biggest hit since the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Barbara Ellen
Times (UK)

In effect it is filmed theatre, but this brings its own compensations: the more fake Chicago looks, the more real it seems to get.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

As sentimental as a plywood casket, Chicago has satirical bite and a mean wit that somehow never obscures its characters' unlikely likability.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The net effect of the incessant dazzle is depressing.

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James Christopher
Times (UK)

What makes this more than a film of a great stage show is the way that the action spills seamlessly from the stage sets into real life. Magic.

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Ben Nuckols
Associated Press

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.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The song-and-dance numbers are calisthenic but unspectacular, with too much fast cutting, and the tone throughout is harmlessly facetious.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Whatever one's qualms about the material, its execution here is rock solid in ways that keep on impressing, right through to the niftiest end credits sequence in years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Might have appreciated it better had it not been for "all that jazz"! I don't like musicals usually, so apparently this form of satire… More
Sophie Burgess
Not as good as the hype suggests, but still something that can be put on in the background for a brief sing and dance-a-long. Probably better in theatre.
Candy Rose
Preferred Broadway show, but good adaptation. Renee was brilliant. Great music.
Matt Goodman
A very well choreographed film, with good acting and songs. It isn't my cup of tea, to be honest.
Louis Rogers
The music is already good, and it's a well made, dark and wry movie musical.
Bethany Murphy
A great musical!