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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 25, 2015
Chicago is sexy, sordid and sensational, the Windy City's biggest hit since the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 12, 2014
As sentimental as a plywood casket, Chicago has satirical bite and a mean wit that somehow never obscures its characters' unlikely likability.
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Ben Nuckols
Associated Press
February 12, 2014
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 12, 2014
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.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
February 24, 2013
The net effect of the incessant dazzle is depressing.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 24, 2013
The song-and-dance numbers are calisthenic but unspectacular, with too much fast cutting, and the tone throughout is harmlessly facetious.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 24, 2013
The film has punch, but it never really conveys the delicious, redeeming sense that life can be lived on the hoof.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 24, 2013
Chicago has so much razzle-dazzle that viewers may end up both raised and dazed. It's remorselessly inventive, trying anything fast and sassy to keep you watching.
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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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Marshall betrays the dancing by never letting us see it properly.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 22, 2003
For sheer, audacious musical entertainment it tops last year's Moulin Rouge, and ranks among the greatest adapted Broadway shows ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 14, 2003
This film adaptation, written by Bill Condon, is somewhat kinder and gentler than the stage versions that preceded it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 16, 2003
Chicago is, in many ways, an admirable achievement.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 14, 2003
Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones put on quite a show in Rob Marshall's dazzling cinematic rethinking of the 1975 Kander and Ebb musical directed by Bob Fosse.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 9, 2003
Leggy Zeta-Jones is so hot in the 'All That Jazz' number, she's flammable. And Zellweger defines delicious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 3, 2003
It prances. It struts. It kicks up its heels. It bumps and grinds and gyrates and works up a sweat and has a cigarette afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 3, 2003
By the end of Chicago, just about everyone in it has razzle-dazzled someone, and so has the movie, which leaves you thrilled at how good it feels to see life, death, and girl power turned, once again, into a cabaret.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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December 29, 2002
Rob Marshall's film of Chicago isn't just the most explosively entertaining movie musical in a couple of decades. It's going to be the most influential.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
December 28, 2002
With few respites, Marshall keeps the energy humming, and his edits, unlike those in Moulin Rouge, are crisp and purposeful without overdoing it.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 27, 2002
Overall, Chicago earns that highest of praises -- I can't wait to see it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 27, 2002
Chicago is everything a musical is supposed to be, with good songs sung by people who sing well, and with lots of sexy dances featuring women who are gorgeous and men who don't get in the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 27, 2002
In Marshall's virtuoso hands, this movie version of the 1975 Bob Fosse Broadway musical based on the 1942 Ginger Rogers movie Roxie Hart based on the 1926 play Chicago, the rhinestones shimmer like diamonds and brass glows like solid gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 27, 2002
This Chicago has hugely imaginative and successful casting to its great credit, as well as one terrific score and attitude to spare.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Moore
Denver Post
December 27, 2002
Much more than one of the best movies of the year, Chicago is destined to become the most popular screen adaptation of a stage musical since Grease.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 27, 2002
Big, brassy fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 27, 2002
Not since the 1972 Cabaret has there been a movie musical this stirring, intelligent and exciting.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 27, 2002
This Chicago doesn't toddle, it swings, it Lindy Hops, it Charlestons the night away, and probably all your woes along with it.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 27, 2002
Chicago is my kind of movie musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 27, 2002
Chicago is sophisticated, brash, sardonic, completely joyful in its execution.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 27, 2002
Marshall deserves credit for taking what threatened to be a worn-out bit of Broadway entertainment and turning it into an evening's worth of fun.
| Original Score: B+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 27, 2002
Marshall has created a glitzy, seductive, high-energy movie that feels more like a filmed play than a play made into a film.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 27, 2002
Chicago improves upon the long-running Broadway show by Kander and Ebb in many ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 26, 2002
It's part of the basic Zeta-Jones bio that she can really sing, and, wow, can she.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 26, 2002
The fabulous bones of this oft-told tale have been picked over so often that there's no flesh left on them. But Mr. Marshall and the screenwriter Bill Condon get a terrifically sweet concoction out of this fabled skeleton.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
December 26, 2002
It's Zeta-Jones who keeps you watching from start to finish.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 26, 2002
Gives everyone something to shout about.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 26, 2002
Big, bright, brassy and almost dangerous to know, Chicago does to sceptics what Al Capone did to stool pigeons.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 26, 2002
A piece of stagecraft so thrilling -- and spontaneously combustible -- that audiences at the two screenings of the movie I attended kept erupting into applause.
| Original Score: 4/4
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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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 26, 2002
With its instantly catchy score, imaginative choreography and rat-tat-tat pacing, Chicago is as weighty as a bag of cotton candy, and just as addictive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 26, 2002
The movie is appealing, thanks to the cleverness of the Kander-Ebb songs and the enthusiasm of the performances, but it lacks any urgency or erotic spark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 26, 2002
It's fun, splashy and entertainingly nasty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 26, 2002
When you leave the theater, you're all jazzed up and ready to go back for another dose of razzle-dazzle.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 24, 2002
It's not nearly as rousing as the Broadway revival (then again, it's rare that the cinematic version of a musical comes close to the stage incarnation), but, for those unable or unwilling to see a live production, it represents a sparkling replacement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 23, 2002
The real star of this movie is the score, as in the songs translate well to film, and it's really well directed.
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Lisa Kennedy
L.A. Weekly
December 19, 2002
That rare thing: a nutritious hard candy.
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David Rooney
Variety
December 11, 2002
A stylish cast and some clever scripting solutions help Chicago make the transition from stage to screen with considerable appeal intact.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 11, 2002
Delivers the sexy razzle-dazzle that everyone, especially movie musical fans, has been hoping for.