Chicago Reviews

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January 3, 2018
In effect it is filmed theatre, but this brings its own compensations: the more fake Chicago looks, the more real it seems to get.
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.
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.
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.
February 12, 2014
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.
February 12, 2014
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.
February 24, 2013
The net effect of the incessant dazzle is depressing.
February 24, 2013
The song-and-dance numbers are calisthenic but unspectacular, with too much fast cutting, and the tone throughout is harmlessly facetious.
February 24, 2013
The film has punch, but it never really conveys the delicious, redeeming sense that life can be lived on the hoof.
February 24, 2013
Chicago has so much razzle-dazzle that viewers may end up both raised and dazed. It's remorselessly inventive, trying anything fast and sassy to keep you watching.
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.
June 24, 2006
Marshall betrays the dancing by never letting us see it properly.
April 22, 2003
For sheer, audacious musical entertainment it tops last year's Moulin Rouge, and ranks among the greatest adapted Broadway shows ever.
March 7, 2003
It's Zeta-Jones who emerges as the singing-dancing revelation.
February 14, 2003
This film adaptation, written by Bill Condon, is somewhat kinder and gentler than the stage versions that preceded it.
January 16, 2003
Chicago is, in many ways, an admirable achievement.
January 14, 2003
Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones put on quite a show in Rob Marshall's dazzling cinematic rethinking of the 1975 Kander and Ebb musical directed by Bob Fosse.
January 9, 2003
Leggy Zeta-Jones is so hot in the 'All That Jazz' number, she's flammable. And Zellweger defines delicious.
January 6, 2003
A very good bet for those who don't have the leisure to make it to London for the stage show, and want a reliable, cheaper ticket-price approximation with (mostly) proper Americans in the cast.
January 3, 2003
It prances. It struts. It kicks up its heels. It bumps and grinds and gyrates and works up a sweat and has a cigarette afterwards.
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