Chicago

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 231 Ratings

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  • Summary: A new interpretation that takes the award-winning Broadway show into fresh and expansive cinematic realms, Chicago shifts adroitly from the reality of intrigue, rivalry and betrayal to spectacular fantasies of music and dance, offering tongue-in-cheek commentary on the cult of celebrity andA new interpretation that takes the award-winning Broadway show into fresh and expansive cinematic realms, Chicago shifts adroitly from the reality of intrigue, rivalry and betrayal to spectacular fantasies of music and dance, offering tongue-in-cheek commentary on the cult of celebrity and the scandalous lengths to which people will go to attain it. [Miramax] Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. The movie is a total blast, and what a surprise.
  2. 100
    A superior adaptation that bypasses the Ann Reinking version now on Broadway.
  3. 100
    The singing and dancing in this Chicago are uniformly splendid, right down to Gere's tap dancing. The high wit and dark eroticism Marshall brings to the famous "Cell Block Tango" number are matchless.
  4. Throw bouquets at Marshall, who instead of dissecting it to death, neatly resurrects the Hollywood musical.
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    80
    First-time feature director Rob Marshall and Oscar-winning "Gods and Monsters" screenwriter Bill Condon have spun the dark tale of two murdering floozies into a widely palatable entertainment, but the long-gestating film comes up short in rhythm and personality.
  6. By the end, though, the production is engulfed by barely controlled frenzy -- all decor and no air, music as lo-cal ear candy, scenes as merchandise to be sold, people as two-dimensional props.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    30
    Chicago is a failure, but that should not come as a surprise. Bob Fosse, who directed and choreographed the original 1975 Broadway production, was long baffled in making a film of the show and eventually gave up trying.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 115
  2. Negative: 17 out of 115
  1. Mar 2, 2013
    10
    One of the best films in history, i loved it i was never into musicals until i saw this movie, absolutely brilliant performances andOne of the best films in history, i loved it i was never into musicals until i saw this movie, absolutely brilliant performances and beautiful songs this is truly an Oscar worthy film Expand
  2. Gabriel
    Jun 12, 2010
    10
    One of the best musicals I've ever seen! Acting and singing so great, brilliant story and screenplay. This is one of that films that i One of the best musicals I've ever seen! Acting and singing so great, brilliant story and screenplay. This is one of that films that i never get tired of watching over and over again. Expand
  3. Jul 31, 2013
    10
    An absolute knockout! I can't claim to know much about musicals, but this one is easily the best one I have seen. Every performance, song, andAn absolute knockout! I can't claim to know much about musicals, but this one is easily the best one I have seen. Every performance, song, and dance were so spot on. Thoroughly engaging and visionary. Expand
  4. GavinC.
    Jul 26, 2009
    8
    A very funny, very entertaining film with an interesting plot.
  5. Dec 2, 2011
    8
    Bottom Line: Two murderesses and a lawyer run away with six Oscars in this flamboyant musical.

    Ostentatious musical takes a sarcastic look
    Bottom Line: Two murderesses and a lawyer run away with six Oscars in this flamboyant musical.

    Ostentatious musical takes a sarcastic look at the story of two murderesses and their rise (or rises, one could say) to fame on the stage. This was the first musical in 33 years to win Best Picture, the previous being OLIVER! in 1969, and I can now honestly say that this didnâ
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  6. caporegime
    Jun 10, 2009
    7
    It razzle-dazzled me.
  7. Intermission
    Dec 4, 2005
    0
    HOW CAN ANYONE SAY THAT THIS MOVIE IS GOOD. Perhaps the worst musical of all time. Richard Gere puts in his worst performance. And the songs suck.

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