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Chicago Reviews

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Top Critic
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.
James Christopher
Times (UK)
February 25, 2015
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.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 25, 2015
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.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
February 25, 2015
As a reproduction of the stage show, Chicago isn't bad, but it makes no persuasive case for itself as a film.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
February 25, 2015
Marshall and company have given the old genre a swift, vigorous kick in the pants. Chicago is one movie that won't let us down; it's our kind of town.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)
February 25, 2015
You know you have just witnessed a good musical when you leave the theatre or cinema with one, or more, of its songs still ringing in your head.... But after seeing Chicago, I did not whistle or tap my way home.
David Stratton
February 25, 2015
Bawdy, funny and exhilarating, Chicago is great entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 25, 2015
Chicago may not rank with the classics, but it's the best traditional movie musical in many a moon.
Lesley M. Smith
February 25, 2015
Perhaps someone should have reminded Rob Marshall that framing, camera angles, and edit points have meaning beyond the provision of eye candy to dissipate potential audience distraction.
Glen Oliver
IGN Movies
February 25, 2015
In both concept and execution, Chicago is the real thing, and may someday be remembered with the very best of its genre.
John Harkness
NOW Toronto
February 25, 2015
Chicago is entertaining in spots but could have been great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
February 25, 2015
While neither Zellweger nor Gere have superior singing voices or terpsichorean skills, they try their best and give likable, effective performances. As for the slinky Zeta-Jones, who can sing and dance, she's pure hubba-hubba.
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
February 25, 2015
It's a totally unexpected film, and all the more welcome -- a modern reproduction that resurrects the spirit, look and sound of a great era of Hollywood professionalism.
Richard von Busack
February 25, 2015
More and more I'm beginning to suspect that what killed the musical was the introduction of 1960s fast-editing styles. What revs up the energy in a thriller or a modern love story doesn't function as well during a musical number.
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
February 25, 2015
Instead of aping the likes of Oklahoma, [Marshall] takes what Fosse did in his 1972 adaptation of Cabaret and pushes it even further into the realm of originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joel Siegel
Good Morning America
February 25, 2015
I'm ready to say Chicago is the only movie of a Broadway musical I've seen that's better than the show it's based on.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Megan Spencer
Triple J
February 25, 2015
While Chicago's huge musical scope starts to wear thin (and us out) once the end credits roll, it is still a very accomplished movie achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
Not only for theater aficionados, Chicago is a musical for people who don't even like musicals, weaving its deliriously dark tale with enough cyanide-laced cynicism to win over folks who wouldn't know Oklahoma! from Oh! Calcutta!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
March 3, 2014
Chicago becomes less of a literal skewering of how celebrity criminals manipulate a rigged game, and more of a pure fantasy, not meant to be taken seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
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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