User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41
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  1. YoonC.
    Sep 15, 2003
    2
    Trite, smarmy, and indulgent. A story of people with nothing to do made by a filmmaker who'd do better to do nothing.
  2. KevinD.
    Feb 11, 2005
    3
    Boring. Thats pretty much all I have to say. I forced myself through it the first time and won't make myself endure that garbage again. Well acted, well directed, but just plain boring.
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86

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 90
    What "The Big Chill" was to baby boomers, the inspirational sex, lies, and videotape is to the mall crowd. It's designer soul-searching, a looking glass for a generation.
  2. Cunningly scripted and acted, and talky in the best sense, the film is engrossing to watch but not especially interesting to ponder afterward; it's certainly an improvement on formulaic Hollywood, but on a thematic level there's still more windup than delivery.
  3. 100
    A movie of prodigious power and feeling that is also high-spirited, hilarious and scorchingly erotic.