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Musical . Music . Drama . Crime . Comedy . Action

Murderesses Velma Kelly (a chanteuse and tease who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together) and Roxie Hart (who killed her boyfriend when she discovered he wasn't going to make her a star) find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Actors: Queen Latifah , Renée Zellweger , Catherine Zeta-Jones , Colm Feore , John C. Reilly , Dominic West , Cliff Saunders , Taye Diggs , Christine Baranski , Richard Gere
Directors: Rob Marshall
Release: 2003-01-24
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  • Jack Mathews

    At times, Chicago has the feel of a revue, with the major characters taking turns at their own show-stopping numbers. If it's too much of a good thing, I say, bring it on.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The movie is a total blast, and what a surprise.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    More than any other example in recent memory, Chicago shows how much the element of surprise is missing from today's movies.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The usually quiet Zellweger is the revelation: Like her character, the actress seems happily amazed to find herself crossing a polished dance floor, sheathed in silk and diamonds, having the naughty, self-glorifying time of her life.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Chicago, based on Bob Fosse's Broadway smash, kills.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Chicago is the zingiest, most inventive movie of its kind since "Cabaret."

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Kim Morgan

    With its eye-popping color, bold personality and snazzy tunes, Chicago is a breathtaking experience.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Sophisticated, brash, sardonic, completely joyful in its execution. It gives anyone who ever loved movie musicals, and lamented their demise, something to live for. Full Review
  • Bill Gallo

    The singing and dancing in this Chicago are uniformly splendid, right down to Gere's tap dancing. The high wit and dark eroticism Marshall brings to the famous "Cell Block Tango" number are matchless.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Isn't just the most explosively entertaining movie musical in a couple of decades. It's going to be the most influential: the one that inspires the rebirth of the Hollywood musical.

    Slate Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    A superior adaptation that bypasses the Ann Reinking version now on Broadway.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Not since the 1972 'Cabaret' has there been a movie musical this stirring, intelligent and exciting.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Freshly transplanted from the stage, is a thrilling ode to the intertwined glories of sex, showmanship, and lying: what the film calls ''the old razzle-dazzle.''

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • William Arnold

    A funny, rousing crowd-pleaser.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Who would have expected Ms. Zellweger --- and Miramax -- to come through in a musical? And it's one of the few Christmas entertainments to run under two hours. Who couldn't love that?

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Exuberantly theatrical yet every inch a movie, and some numbers ("The Cell Block Tango") are so entertaining you might want to applaud.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones


    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie is a dazzling song and dance extravaganza, with just enough words to support the music and allow everyone to catch their breath between songs.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    An exuberant, appropriately cynical reinvention of the stalwart Broadway hit that deftly straddles the line between old-fashioned Hollywood musicals and experimental concoctions like last year's "Moulin Rouge."

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    For some reason, the people who make modern musicals don't like to let you watch dancers dance -- there are still too few moments when you get to enjoy choreography from a dancer's hands to her feet.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Throw bouquets at Marshall, who instead of dissecting it to death, neatly resurrects the Hollywood musical.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Good, solid entertainment.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lisa Kennedy

    Chicago is that rare thing: a nutritious hard candy.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    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. In other words, it's the most honest display of showpeople's need to be noticed this side of a Madonna concert.

    Time Full Review
  • David Rooney

    First-time feature director Rob Marshall and Oscar-winning "Gods and Monsters" screenwriter Bill Condon have spun the dark tale of two murdering floozies into a widely palatable entertainment, but the long-gestating film comes up short in rhythm and personality.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    Zeta-Jones can belt out her numbers, Zellweger can purr hers, and Gere-a musician who played his own cornet solos in "The Cotton Club"-can sell his songs and even dance a spiffy little tap dance. They're better than you'd expect-and so is the movie.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    The original musical holds up well, and Marshall and Condon’s adaption doesn’t wreck it.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Non-musical scenes that move the narrative forward are staged realistically, while the lavish production numbers reflect the star-struck imagination of one-time chorine Roxie, for whom all the world ought to be a stage.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Michael Dequina

    The energy of the performances and John Kander and Fred Ebb's enduring score push the musical scenes and the entire film over any hurdle--yes, even including that misbegotten casting of Gere.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    It's Zeta-Jones who keeps you watching from start to finish -- You'd have to go back to Joan Crawford in her hungry prime, in films like "Rain" and "The Women," to find another female film star who grabs hold of the screen with such ferocity.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    I realize that Fosse's dark sizzle might seem a bit dated today, but surely something halfway snazzy could have been devised for this movie. It's toothless.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    I seem to be in a distinct minority in finding the satire toothless, obvious, and insufferably glib -- Still, I found genuine pleasure in watching Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and John C. Reilly try their hands at singing and dancing.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    The trouble with Chicago is the sense it conveys that nothing is really at stake -- there's no moral or ethical question that can't be turned into toe-tapping fun.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Dennis Lim

    It's hard not to wish that Chicago had taken place inside a more imaginative head.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Stanley Kauffmann

    The net effect of the incessant dazzle is depressing.

    The New Republic Full Review
  • Phil Hall

    Chicago is a failure, but that should not come as a surprise. Bob Fosse, who directed and choreographed the original 1975 Broadway production, was long baffled in making a film of the show and eventually gave up trying.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    By the end, though, the production is engulfed by barely controlled frenzy -- all decor and no air, music as lo-cal ear candy, scenes as merchandise to be sold, people as two-dimensional props.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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  • 1. OvertureAnd All That Jazz Performer: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, and Taye Diggs Stream Music Online
  • 5. Cell Block Tango Performer: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Susan Misner, Denise Faye, Deidre Goodwin, Ekaterina Chtchelkanova, and Mya as Mýa Harrison Stream Music Online
  • 8. We Both Reached For The Gun Performer: Richard Gere, Renée Zellweger, Christine Baranski, Cleve Asbury, Rick Negron, and Shaun Amyot Stream Music Online
  • 16. NowadaysHot Honey Rag Performer: Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger Stream Music Online
  • 29. Overture/And All That Jazz Performer: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, and Taye Diggs Stream Music Online
  • 33. Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag Performer: Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger Stream Music Online

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