Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The drama's elegant structure, which takes you through a series of surprises so smoothly and logically that it might be over before you realize you've seen one of the new year's most intriguing, intelligent movies.
  2. A fable about women struggling to free themselves from that myth, and even at its most obvious, it's exhilarating.
  3. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    90
    A breathlessly involving tale of urban indifference, rampant hypocrisy and the difference a little human decency can make, superbly played pic is a black comedy that's frequently funny but never frivolous.
  4. 80
    Fast-paced feminist thriller and witty black comedy.
  5. Mixes satire and suspense in unexpected ways in a film that is as darkly amusing as it is bitterly critical of bourgeois society's indifference to suffering.
  6. There is not a decent (or even half-decent) male character to be found in Chaos, a gripping feminist fable with a savage comic edge.
  7. One heck of a tale of deliciously unladylike payback.
  8. The picture holds us, not only through our wonderment at the mixture but through Serreau's dexterity and her casting.
  9. 75
    Never stops having its dark fun.
  10. Despite a brief, unnecessary foray into melodrama -- stands alone as compelling entertainment.
  11. 75
    There's a carnivalesque medley of subplots scampering about the screen, but Serreau manages to emerge triumphant with all the threads nimbly stitched together.
  12. 75
    The best that can be said of the men in Coline Serreau's Chaos is that some of them are pimps.
  13. Chaos, in miring itself in the inequities (not to mention obscenities) of male-dominated culture, is after greater truths.
  14. The film is many things: dark fable, gritty thriller, satirical social commentary, horror film and a love story that's blessed with a marvelous, near slapstick physicality.
  15. 70
    Serrau effortlessly navigates the tricky transition from ruefully comic chick flick to gritty crime picture.

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