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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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A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. In the mid-'20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos (John C. Reilly). Roxie is having an affair on the side with Fred Casley (Dominic West), a smooth talker who insists he can make her a star. However, Fred strings Roxie along a bit too far for his own good, and when she realizes that his promises are empty, she becomes enraged and murders Fred in cold blood. Roxie soon finds herself behind bars alongside Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a sexy vaudeville star who used to perform with her sister until Velma discovered that her sister had been sleeping with her husband. Velma shot them both dead, and, after scheming prison matron "Mama" Morton hooks Velma up with hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), Velma becomes the new Queen of the scandal sheets. Roxie is just shrewd enough to realize that her poor fortune could also bring her fame, so she convinces Amos to also hire Flynn. Soon Flynn is splashing Roxie's story -- or, more accurately, a highly melodramatic revision of Roxie's story -- all over the gutter press, and Roxy and Velma are soon battling neck-to-neck over who can win greater fame through the headlines. A project that had been moving from studio to studio since the musical opened on Broadway in 1973, Chicago also features guest appearances by Lucy Liu and Christine Baranski. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Renée Zellweger
as Roxie Hart
Richard Gere
as Billy Flynn
Queen Latifah
as Matron `Mama' Morton
John C. Reilly
as Amos Hart
Dominic West
as Fred Casely
Christine Baranski
as Mary Sunshine
Lucy Liu
as Kitty Baxter
Taye Diggs
as Bandleader
Colm Feore
as Martin Harrison
Roman Podhora
as Sergeant Fogarty
Rob Smith
as Newspaper photographer
as Mona
Cliff Saunders
as Stage manager
Robbie Rox
as Prison guard
Ken Ard
as Wilbur
Marc Calamia
as Hunyak's husband
Sebastian Lacause
as June's Husband
Scott Wise
as Annie's Husband
Mike Haddad
as Mona's Husband
Steve Behal
as Prison Clerk
Joseph Scoren
as Liz's Husband
Bruce Beaton
as Police photographer
Joey Pizzi
as Bernie
Jayne Eastwood
as Mrs. Borusewicz
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Critic Reviews for Chicago

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  • As sentimental as a plywood casket, Chicago has satirical bite and a mean wit that somehow never obscures its characters' unlikely likability.

    Feb 12, 2014 | Full Review…

    Keith Phipps

    AV Club
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  • 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.

    Feb 12, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 12, 2014
  • The net effect of the incessant dazzle is depressing.

    Feb 24, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The song-and-dance numbers are calisthenic but unspectacular, with too much fast cutting, and the tone throughout is harmlessly facetious.

    Feb 24, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The film has punch, but it never really conveys the delicious, redeeming sense that life can be lived on the hoof.

    Feb 24, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chicago

Might have appreciated it better had it not been for "all that jazz"! I don't like musicals usually, so apparently this form of satire didn't appeal me in the least.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Preferred Broadway show, but good adaptation. Renee was brilliant. Great music.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


The music is already good, and it's a well made, dark and wry movie musical.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

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Not as good as the hype suggests, but still something that can be put on in the background for a brief sing and dance-a-long. Probably better in theatre.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

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