The Big Chill
The Big Chill (1983)

A re-release of the 1983 classic. The gathering of old college friends for a funeral brings out their real personalities.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 28, 1983
DVD Release Date: January 26, 1999
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Characters are generally middle-of-the-roaders, and pic lacks a tough-minded spokesman who might bring them all up short for a moment.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Funny and ferociously smart.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

College reunion film with mature themes won't interest teens.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

An irresistibly satisfying cultural artifact.

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Time Out

It's perceptive, affectionate and often very funny.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Even if the film isn't timeless, the soundtrack certainly is.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

There is no place for depth or nuance in this slickly engineered complacency machine.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It has all the right moves. It knows all the right words. Its characters have all the right clothes, expressions, fears, lusts and ambitions. But there's no payoff and it doesn't lead anywhere.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

...even though it's aware of their narcissism, The Big Chill still views its characters sympathetically, even when they do little to invite much sympathy themselves.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A lifeless and depressing movie that seems more interested in its songs than in creating a relatable plot (yet even if the soundtrack is great the lyrics simply… More
Sajin P A
This one is a timeless gem. Seven friends are reunited after a long time, not for the best of reasons though - the eighth member of their once intimate group… More
Kevin Cookman
A perfect hang-out film: one of the movies you revisit just to say hi again to some old friends. A far-fetched as all hell non-ending leaves a bit of a sour… More
Sophie Burgess
A decent cast with a decent story but somehow this just felt like a 10 hour bore. Way too talky and with the amount of characters it was sometimes difficult to… More
Daniel Perry
Until the second half, this film is great. We get to know the characters and we start to understand the tensions that have long existed between them, the way… More
Jennifer Xu
I love, love reunion movies. I love seeing the changes between people, the illicit exchanges that materialize behind closed doors. The script here is great. I… More