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  • Summary: Good friends reunite for the funeral of a college pal. During the weekend that follows, they compare their 60's ideas with the harsh reality of their lives in the 80's, and discover that in a cold world, you need your friends to keep you warm. [Sony Pictures]
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. The Big Chill represents the best of mainstream American film making. It's a reminder that the same people who turn out our megabuck fantasies are often capable of working even more effectively on the small, intimate scale of The Big Chill.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    Indeed, the entire film is a kind of sock-hop benefit for Approaching Middle Age. This maturing generation never played Taps with such glamour or good humor. Play the music and let the big chill—the knowledge that "we're all alone out there, and we're going out there tomorrow"—melt away in the warmth of the feel-good movie of '83.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    An entertaining look at the 80s embourgeoisement of 60s student activists steers skillfully between social satire and sentiment.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Aug 25, 2014
    70
    As generous as the film is to its characters, it also keeps finding ways to criticize their myopia.
  5. 63
    The Big Chill is a splendid technical exercise. 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. I thought at first that was a weakness of the movie. There also is the possibility that it's the movie's message.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    63
    In the final analysis, the film doesn't amount to much, except to provide a good opportunity for the fine ensemble cast to show off their talents.
  7. When The Big Chill is busy being funny, it's a great comedy, but when it goes for depth, it hits bottom an inch down. [30 Sep 1983, p.E1]

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  1. DomoR.
    Sep 23, 2007
    8
    It may have been a "fake" movie but it really distills a certain trenchant mindset of those that lived through the 1960's and pretended It may have been a "fake" movie but it really distills a certain trenchant mindset of those that lived through the 1960's and pretended they changed things. They didn't. They just did things out of their own curiosity and self interest. Expand

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