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62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.