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The Big Chill Reviews

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2014
College reunion film with mature themes won't interest teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 7, 2014
Even if the film isn't timeless, the soundtrack certainly is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
July 28, 2014
...even though it's aware of their narcissism, The Big Chill still views its characters sympathetically, even when they do little to invite much sympathy themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Variety Staff
May 5, 2008
Characters are generally middle-of-the-roaders, and pic lacks a tough-minded spokesman who might bring them all up short for a moment.

May 5, 2008
An always entertaining and perceptive film that hardly ever lapses into sentimentality.

Empire Magazine
May 5, 2008
An entertaining look at the 80s embourgeoisement of 60s student activists steers skillfully between social satire and sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 5, 2008
An irresistibly satisfying cultural artifact.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 5, 2008
Strong acting and a string of classic rock and soul tunes make up for a superficial script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 5, 2008
There is no place for depth or nuance in this slickly engineered complacency machine.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 5, 2008
Funny and ferociously smart.
Emanuel Levy
February 2, 2008
More significant sociologically than artistically, Kasdan's portrait of the Baby Boom generation--the Yuppie--is a zeitgeist film that is enjoyable due to strong ensemble acting and popular tunes.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 14, 2007
Shallow nostalgia-trip flick.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's perceptive, affectionate and often very funny.
Clint Morris
March 24, 2005
A truly unforgettable motion picture, with a killer soundtrack
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 18, 2004
A thoroughly entertaining, fluid and wonderfully relaxed movie that delivers some of the finest ensemble acting to be seen on the screen for years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
June 11, 2003
Three words: 'yadda, yadda, yadda.'
| Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 21, 2003
The performances represent ensemble playing of an order Hollywood films seldom have time for, with the screenplay providing each character with at least one big scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
The ease with which the group falls back into their old patterns of trust and familiarity after an awkwardly long period of separation is narratively convenient, but not really probable.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 7, 2002
Overrated, but good character study
| Original Score: 4/5
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