• Released
  • September 9, 1983
  • R , 1 hr 43 min
  • Comedy Drama
    Comedy of Manners
  • 10 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Ex-college friends (William Hurt, Glenn Close, Kevin Kline) share a nostalgic weekend.

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90

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
The Big Chill represents the best of mainstream American film making. It's a reminder that the same people who turn out our megabuck...
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80

Empire

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

Time

By Richard Corliss
Indeed, the entire film is a kind of sock-hop benefit for Approaching Middle Age. This maturing generation never played Taps with such...
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75

Boston Globe

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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,...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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...
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63

TV Guide

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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...
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Each member of the well-chosen cast not only creates a distinct character with unique and memorable resonances but also meshes these...
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40

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
There is no place for depth or nuance in this slickly engineered complacency machine, which roars along at a single tone and pace, neatly...
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
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]
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Rated R