Chicago Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
March 24, 2003
Ultimately, in the history of the Academy, people may be wondering what all that jazz was about "Chicago" in 2002. Zellweger's whiny pouty-lipped poof faced and spindly attempt at playing an ingenue makes her nomination as best actress even more of a an a
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 9, 2003
I'd give real money to see the perpetrators of Chicago torn apart by dingoes.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
March 14, 2003
Rob Marshall's style is to make everything relentlessly brassy and fake, and his Chicago simply looks like a filmed stage play.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 6, 2007
This Oscar-laden movie rendition, directed by Rob Marshall, suffers from the kind of ants-in-your-pants MTV editing that prevents you from simply watching and enjoying the musical numbers.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 26, 2003
I have no idea if Zellweger and Zeta-Jones are good dancers, because you never see them dance. You think you do, but what you actually see is a bunch of 1/8th-second clips of them dancing, strung together from countless takes, rapid-fire.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
February 25, 2015
As a reproduction of the stage show, Chicago isn't bad, but it makes no persuasive case for itself as a film.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Marshall betrays the dancing by never letting us see it properly.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 7, 2003
The trouble is the jazzy vaudeville-like musical numbers are energetic but hardly memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
January 29, 2003
Once the musical numbers start, the editing does nearly everything it can to inhibit proper evaluation or appreciation of talents of the performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
December 25, 2002
Zellweger has gone about the business of making her Roxie huggable -- which is as exhausting for us as it is for her.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 26, 2002
The best thing you can say about Chicago is that it's a great advertisement for the real, live thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Chicago does not explore an issue. It just shows us the problem. It's a pretty song about dry rot. It's a can-can about cancer.
| Original Score: C
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 23, 2002
Dull and dreary...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 4, 2002
A failure on almost every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Vic Holtreman
ScreenRant
January 13, 2005
A technically well made film that glorifies all that is rotten in the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 31, 2003
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Chicago-the city that never shuts up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
February 25, 2015
More and more I'm beginning to suspect that what killed the musical was the introduction of 1960s fast-editing styles. What revs up the energy in a thriller or a modern love story doesn't function as well during a musical number.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
December 26, 2002
I wondered at times if these people had even seen the show, or if they were just working from the script and sheet music.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
December 24, 2002
The unusual lack of exterior shots suggests a fear on Marshall's part to fully embrace the potential of the cinematic medium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 16, 2002
A lazy assemblage of set-pieces that fail to add up to anything much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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