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March 24, 2003
Ultimately, in the history of the Academy, people may be wondering what all that jazz was about "Chicago" in 2002. Zellweger's whiny pouty-lipped poof faced and spindly attempt at playing an ingenue makes her nomination as best actress even more of a an a
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 9, 2003
I'd give real money to see the perpetrators of Chicago torn apart by dingoes.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 14, 2003
Rob Marshall's style is to make everything relentlessly brassy and fake, and his Chicago simply looks like a filmed stage play.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
February 6, 2007
This Oscar-laden movie rendition, directed by Rob Marshall, suffers from the kind of ants-in-your-pants MTV editing that prevents you from simply watching and enjoying the musical numbers.
January 26, 2003
I have no idea if Zellweger and Zeta-Jones are good dancers, because you never see them dance. You think you do, but what you actually see is a bunch of 1/8th-second clips of them dancing, strung together from countless takes, rapid-fire.
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.
June 24, 2006
Marshall betrays the dancing by never letting us see it properly.
January 7, 2003
The trouble is the jazzy vaudeville-like musical numbers are energetic but hardly memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 29, 2003
Once the musical numbers start, the editing does nearly everything it can to inhibit proper evaluation or appreciation of talents of the performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 25, 2002
Zellweger has gone about the business of making her Roxie huggable -- which is as exhausting for us as it is for her.
December 26, 2002
The best thing you can say about Chicago is that it's a great advertisement for the real, live thing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 15, 2005
Chicago does not explore an issue. It just shows us the problem. It's a pretty song about dry rot. It's a can-can about cancer.
Read More | Original Score: C
December 23, 2002
Dull and dreary...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 4, 2002
A failure on almost every level.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 13, 2005
A technically well made film that glorifies all that is rotten in the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 31, 2003
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Chicago-the city that never shuts up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
December 26, 2002
I wondered at times if these people had even seen the show, or if they were just working from the script and sheet music.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 24, 2002
The unusual lack of exterior shots suggests a fear on Marshall's part to fully embrace the potential of the cinematic medium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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