Chicago

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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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Nightclub sensation Velma (Catherine Zeta-Jones) murders her philandering husband, and Chicago's slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), is set to defend her. But when Roxie (Renée Zellweger) also winds up in prison, Billy takes on her case as well -- turning her into a media circus of headlines. Neither woman will be outdone in their fight against each other and the public for fame and celebrity.

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Renée Zellweger
Roxie Hart
Richard Gere
Billy Flynn
Queen Latifah
Matron Marna Morton
Lucy Liu
Kitty Baxter
Taye Diggs
Bandleader
Dominic West
Fred Casely
Bill Condon
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Craig Zadan
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Neil Meron
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Dion Beebe
Cinematographer
John Myhre
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Colleen Atwood
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Critic Reviews for Chicago

All Critics (257) | Top Critics (66) | Fresh (220) | Rotten (37)

  • Chicago's so engrossing that you even forget to reach out for the Coke n' popcorn. Now isn't that entertainment!

    January 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Namrata Joshi

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  • In effect it is filmed theatre, but this brings its own compensations: the more fake Chicago looks, the more real it seems to get.

    January 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • What makes this more than a film of a great stage show is the way that the action spills seamlessly from the stage sets into real life. Magic.

    February 25, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Whatever one's qualms about the material, its execution here is rock solid in ways that keep on impressing, right through to the niftiest end credits sequence in years.

    February 25, 2015 | Full Review…
  • As a reproduction of the stage show, Chicago isn't bad, but it makes no persuasive case for itself as a film.

    February 25, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Bawdy, funny and exhilarating, Chicago is great entertainment.

    February 25, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chicago

  • Apr 03, 2016
    It always hard to adapt a musical to the big screen and it doesn't always work. But there are a few times, where it actually works pretty well, and one of those were with the musical "Chicago." This is one of my personal favorites and one of the best musical-adapated movies ever made. Rob Marshall is really a great director when it comes to these kind of movies and he does a phenomenal job with both the direction and the choreographies. Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones are amazing in this movie and they really deserve all the praise they got, but one who didn't get enough praise for his performance was Richard Gere. Gere is perfect in the role of Billy Flynn and every time I watch the movie, he continues to amaze me. The fact that he wasn't even nominated for an Academy Award is beyond my knowledge.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2013
    Just a musical of whores/murderers trying to get away with their crimes against men and get on the marquis of Chicago nightlife. If it wasn't for the casting of Zeta-Jones and Zellweger, this film would be a discount rack flick at best. The songs you will remember only five seconds after the first listen (with the possible exception of "All that Jazz") and the dialogue, while spittingly sarcastic, falls flat. One of the more overrated and over-postered Best Picture winners.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2013
    Best Picture winner for a jazzy musical about two rival dancers/murderesses competing, all in one dazzling and brassy story about their fight for freedom and fame away from affairs-turned-deadly.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2012
    It's very well made and performed, but it just doesn't have the same fiery passion that Marshall's more recent Nine does. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere are both excellent, but Renee Zellweger is just plain annoying. She tries to act cute, but really isn't. The movie dishes a very serious subject (murder) and passes it off as something not too serious and humorous. And how did this get even close to winning Best Picture? Especially over The Pianist, Lord of the Rings, AND Gangs of New York? It's entertaining to a point, but undeniably disappointing.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer

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