In Old Chicago Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 31, 2012
Chicago makes up in atmosphere and color what it lacks in historical accuracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
As a film entertainment it is socko.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 6, 2008
Zanuck's disaster film, part of cycle that includes Ford's superior Hurricane, is not as entertaining as MGM's San Francisco, but the set-pieces of crowds, riots, and cattle stampedes during the fire are impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
With a star-filled cast and a fitful sense of drama, it's pretty much the same old recipe as the equivalent cycle of megabudget '70s exploiters, but the climactic conflagration is certainly worth the wait.
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New York Times
March 25, 2006
Mr. King's direction, occasionally, is inspired, and the photography has unusual style and dramatic impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
August 9, 2005
Nothing extraordinary in retrospect, but it is genial enough.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 26, 2005
can't hold our interest for much more than five minutes
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2005
Under Henry King's direction there is little of the old Fox pep.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
August 5, 2005
Like San Francisco, events sort of just happen and allegiances just sort of shift around to stall time before the grand finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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