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Based on 10 Reviews
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  • 75
    Boston Globe

    The Big Chill is not an ode to the '60s or '80s, but a touching, sincere account of boys and girls who became men and women. [30 Sep 1983, p.1] show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Big Chill is a splendid technical exercise. It has all the right moves. It knows all the right words. Its characters have all the right clothes, expressions, fears, lusts and ambitions. But there's no payoff and it doesn't lead anywhere. I thought at first that was a weakness of the movie. There also is the possibility that it's the movie's message. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    In the final analysis, the film doesn't amount to much, except to provide a good opportunity for the fine ensemble cast to show off their talents. show more

  • 38
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    When The Big Chill is busy being funny, it's a great comedy, but when it goes for depth, it hits bottom an inch down. [30 Sep 1983, p.E1] show more

  • 80

    An entertaining look at the 80s embourgeoisement of 60s student activists steers skillfully between social satire and sentiment. show more

  • 50
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Each member of the well-chosen cast not only creates a distinct character with unique and memorable resonances but also meshes these separate personalities to form as satisfying an example of ensemble acting as we are likely to see for quite some time to come. show more

  • 75
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    And there's that perfect soundtrack, jammed with hit after timeless hit. So integral is the music to the heat of Chill that even a now-hackneyed scene like ensemble-dancing-while-cleaning-the-kitchen (to the Temptations' ''Ain't Too Proud to Beg'') takes on a glow far lovelier than the chore warrants -- as does this ingratiating, fake movie. show more

  • 90
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    The Big Chill represents the best of mainstream American film making. It's a reminder that the same people who turn out our megabuck fantasies are often capable of working even more effectively on the small, intimate scale of The Big Chill. show more

  • 80
    Richard Corliss Time

    Indeed, the entire film is a kind of sock-hop benefit for Approaching Middle Age. This maturing generation never played Taps with such glamour or good humor. Play the music and let the big chill—the knowledge that "we're all alone out there, and we're going out there tomorrow"—melt away in the warmth of the feel-good movie of '83. show more

  • 40
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    There is no place for depth or nuance in this slickly engineered complacency machine, which roars along at a single tone and pace, neatly dispelling every troubling intimation with a Mary Tyler Moore one-liner and solving all its conflicts with tricks of rhetoric. show more

  • June 29, 2010 TRussoRBC
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    My favorite movie of all time!

  • September 24, 2009 bikerpilotpoet
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    This movie has something that's rare in American films, a true ENSEMBLE of great actors and proof of its enduring quality is that movie buffs still talk about it twenty five years later....But I must warn you, if you see it, you'll never get Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale " out of you mind again...Seriously, the fantastic soundract, the great script, the remarkable actors all make this a "must see" . I highly recommend it..

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