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Chicago (2002)



Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 226
Fresh: 196 | Rotten: 30

A rousing and energetic adaptation of the Broadway musical, Chicago succeeds on the level pure spectacle, but provides a surprising level of depth and humor as well.


Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 6

A rousing and energetic adaptation of the Broadway musical, Chicago succeeds on the level pure spectacle, but provides a surprising level of depth and humor as well.



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A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. In the mid-'20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos (John C. Reilly). Roxie is having an affair on the side with Fred Casley (Dominic West), a smooth talker who insists he can make her a star.


Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Bill Condon

Aug 19, 2003


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All Critics (226) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (196) | Rotten (30) | DVD (47)

As sentimental as a plywood casket, Chicago has satirical bite and a mean wit that somehow never obscures its characters' unlikely likability.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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With performers as good as these and the freshness of Bill Condon's screenplay and Marshall's direction, there's really very little wrong with Chicago. What it lacks is something intangible -- heat.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Rob Marshall's screen version of the near-venerable show looks great, in its razzly-dazzly neo-Fosse way, and sounds good, especially when Renee Zellweger's gorgeous Roxie Hart is singing her heart out.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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The net effect of the incessant dazzle is depressing.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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The song-and-dance numbers are calisthenic but unspectacular, with too much fast cutting, and the tone throughout is harmlessly facetious.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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The film has punch, but it never really conveys the delicious, redeeming sense that life can be lived on the hoof.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Not only for theater aficionados, Chicago is a musical for people who don't even like musicals, weaving its deliriously dark tale with enough cyanide-laced cynicism to win over folks who wouldn't know Oklahoma! from Oh! Calcutta!

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Chicago becomes less of a literal skewering of how celebrity criminals manipulate a rigged game, and more of a pure fantasy, not meant to be taken seriously.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

It's refreshing to see a robust, streamlined adaptation that drips with steamy sex appeal while staying true to the original.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It took more than a quarter of a century to bring the 1975 musical Chicago to the screen, but it was worth the wait to get it right.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Despite the hype and an expected bonanza at the box office, the film is actually a disappointment. Quite simply, it is edited to death.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

From the incredible performances to the outstanding songs to all of the technical marvels behind and in front of the camera, there isn't a single weak link to be found.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source:

Chicago is a great movie musical.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Considering that none of the three leads is a pro singer or dancer, Chicago is surprisingly a brassy, enjoyable movie musical, with at least a couple of risque production numbers.

February 26, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Oscar-winning satire all about the razzle-dazzle.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Chicago is a stunning show stopper, a seamless integration of toe-tapping tunes, riveting routines in the wicked and wonderful seedy side of the swing city.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Good, easygoing, sometimes inspired entertainment.

August 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Here, finally, is a movie musical made by people who know what they're doing.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source:

Each musical number builds to such a frantic climax that the audience is nearly moved to applaud the actors on screen.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Comments (4)
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Audience Reviews for Chicago

Preferred Broadway show, but good adaptation. Renee was brilliant. Great music.
January 3, 2014
Candy Rose

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The music is already good, and it's a well made, dark and wry movie musical.
January 13, 2013
Louis Rogers

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Not as good as the hype suggests, but still something that can be put on in the background for a brief sing and dance-a-long. Probably better in theatre.
October 3, 2012

Super Reviewer

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 didn't deserve to win Best Picture, but it did not deserve to lose, either. Before I had seen this, I was almost positive that THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS should have been the film to win Best Picture in '02; now, I am stuck between the two.

The sarcastic taste of CHICAGO was intelligent and, at times, ironic, but it did not completely throw me like I had expected. Almost everything here, in fact, is sarcastic in one way or another. It all ranges from the subtle (such as a sarcastic line here and there) to the utterly ridiculous (such as the fact that one of the women in jail murdered her husband only because he was popping his gum and getting on her nerves). If you can't stand that, then this film is not for you, because without all the sarcasm and razzle-dazzle, CHICAGO simply would not be CHICAGO.

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    1. Roxie Hart: Forget it. It'll never work.
    2. Velma Kelly: Why not?
    3. Roxie Hart: 'Cause I hate you.
    4. Velma Kelly: There's only one business in the world where that's no problem at all.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (16 months ago)
    1. Velma Kelly: We can make a couple hundred a week. Think about it, Roxie. Our faces back in the papers, our names on the marquee.Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart.
    2. Roxie Hart: Shouldn't it be alphabetical?
    3. Velma Kelly: That could work.
    4. Roxie Hart: A couple hundred? Maybe we could ask for a thousand.
    5. Velma Kelly: We're worth it.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (16 months ago)
    1. Billy Flynn: I don't like to blow my own horn, but believe me if Jesus Christ had lived in Chicago today and if he had five thousand dollars and he'd come to me, lets just say things would have turned out differently.
    – Submitted by Olivia S (17 months ago)
    1. Velma Kelly: The spread eagle...
    – Submitted by Seng Wee T (20 months ago)
    1. Billy Flynn: Good night and God save Illinois.
    – Submitted by Lucas B (20 months ago)
    1. Billy Flynn: It's all a circus. A three ring circus.This trial... the whole world... it's all... show business. But Kid.... You are working with a star.
    – Submitted by Swayamdeep S (20 months ago)
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