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The Big Chill (1983)



Critic Consensus: The Big Chill captures a generation's growing ennui with a terrific cast, a handful of perceptive insights, and one of the decade's best film soundtracks.

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A re-release of the 1983 classic. The gathering of old college friends for a funeral brings out their real personalities.

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Meg Tilly
as Chloe
Don Galloway
as Richard
James Gillis
as Minister
Ken Place
as Peter The Cop
Jon Kasdan
as Harold & Sarah's Son
Ira Stiltner
as Running Dog Driver
Jake Kasdan
as Autograph Seeker
Muriel Moore
as Alex's Mother
Meg Kasdan
as Airline Hostess
Craig Dunaway
as Tight End
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Critic Reviews for The Big Chill

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (11)

What might have been a meaningful exploration of the changes wrought by 20 years of abrasive reality is diverted, essentially, into who's going to wind up sleeping with whom.

October 1, 2018 | Full Review…

...even though it's aware of their narcissism, The Big Chill still views its characters sympathetically, even when they do little to invite much sympathy themselves.

July 28, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5

Characters are generally middle-of-the-roaders, and pic lacks a tough-minded spokesman who might bring them all up short for a moment.

May 5, 2008 | Full Review…

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

May 5, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

An irresistibly satisfying cultural artifact.

May 5, 2008 | Rating: B

There is no place for depth or nuance in this slickly engineered complacency machine.

May 5, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Big Chill

A lifeless and depressing movie that seems more interested in its songs than in creating a relatable plot (yet even if the soundtrack is great the lyrics simply don't reflect what we see on screen), forcing us to stay in the company of a group of unlikable narcissists.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A perfect hang-out film: one of the movies you revisit just to say hi again to some old friends. A far-fetched as all hell non-ending leaves a bit of a sour taste.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

This one is a timeless gem. Seven friends are reunited after a long time, not for the best of reasons though - the eighth member of their once intimate group having committed suicide. With emotions teetering between joy and sorrow, they decide to make the most out of the time they have. A night of booze and laughs follows, and soon each one realize how much things have changed in their lives. The most captivating aspect about the movie, something every viewer relates to himself, is that sense of dreams lost and ideals surrendered - how life never turn out as we plan it to be.

Sajin P A
Sajin P A

Super Reviewer

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