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3,389 Ratings


Directed by Rob Marshall
United States, Germany, 2002
Musical, Crime


A showgirl and vaudevillian wannabe, both on death row, compete for the spotlight in an attempt to avoid the gallows during the 1920s in The Windy City.

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Chicago Directed by Rob Marshall

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2003 | 6 wins including: Best Picture

2003 | 7 nominations including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

American Film Institute Awards

2003 | Winner: Movie of the Year

National Board of Review

2002 | 2 wins including: Outstanding Directorial Debut

BAFTA Awards

2003 | 2 wins including: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

2003 | 10 nominations including: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

What are people saying?

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Chicago

    A neutered adaptation of an appealingly dark musical that dispenses with the edge in favour of an ill-judged slickness of delivery. It's this too-smooth energy that makes it feels like a scented fart in a vacuum rather than the seedy burlesque of human frailty it should have been - fishnets alone do not make for wickedness. Oddly Female Trouble tells the story of muderous celebrity with greater fidelity.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Chicago

    This is perhaps one of the biggest travesties of all time, a middle finger to one of the greatest choreographers of all time, Bob Fosse. The fact that he could take an amazing show like Chicago with it's very distinctive choreography and decide to redo it in his own style is nothing short of blasphemy. It's like taking 'The Sound of Music' and putting your own music as the soundtrack. Hollywood is a whore.

  • ramosbarajas's rating of the film Chicago

    One of the best musicals from the last decade. The story feels rushed and cramped sometimes, as if there were too many songs. Although, this doesn't work against it. Zeta Jones was the stand out for me. I keep imagining this film with Kidman. That would have been glorious. Not perfect, but very fun.

  • Roscoe's rating of the film Chicago

    Among the worst films ever made. Evidently shot and cut by blindfolded babboons. The gutless decision to make the songs into musical numbers taking place in the heroine's head is a disastrous one: the film all too often grinds to a halt to allow for too much cute editing between reality and fantasy. A vile abortion of a film.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Chicago

    Upon the first rewatch after nearly a decade, I forgot one crucial thing: this is a perfect film. Incredible Zeta-Jones, grabbing the screen with unprecedented ferociousness; dazzling, consistently inventive camerawork; the kind of creative editing that made me fall in love with movies; gorgeous sets and all around design; flawless directing... Chicago is exhilarating at every turn. Marshall crafted a masterpiece.

  • etilen's rating of the film Chicago

    I'm gonna be a celebrity, that means somebody everyone knows. They're gonna recognize my eyes, my hair, my teeth, my boobs, my nose.

  • Ruthvcp's rating of the film Chicago

    When everybody else says this is just another piece of shit, this musical makes its way to be one of my faves. Despite the kinda boring story, the dances and songs are the life-savers. I would definitely watch this over and over again.

  • Charles Corn's rating of the film Chicago

    Zellweger is a honking miscast. Aside from Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the cast wouldn't be good enough for Broadway, so why are they good enough for Hollywood? Marshall's direction for the 'fantasy' big numbers is creative but stagey, and serves to highlight the dreariness of the 'reality' main plot and characters. It is enjoyable nevertheless and the quality of the musical numbers shines through.

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