Chicago: David James
Owen Gleiberman
January 17, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Chicago

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
108 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/27/02
performer
Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Christine Baranski, Queen Latifah, Mya, John C. Reilly
director
Rob Marshall
distributor
Miramax
author
Bill Condon
genre
musical, Drama

We gave it an A-

The ’96 Broadway revival cast album remains the definitive treatment of Kander and Ebb’s riotously arch score. But this Chicago is close enough, with Catherine Zeta-Jones acquitting herself best among the novice belters, even sans leggy visual aids. If you found the movie ”Class”-less, the album restores that cut number, and adds some lesser non-film bonuses, too — like a Queen Latifah/Lil’ Kim/Macy Gray hip-hop update of ”Cell Block Tango,” mercifully left off the end credits but amusing enough here.

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