Blow Dry Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 29, 2011
A large ensemble of talented British actors is wasted in this disappointing comedy by Simon Beaufoy, the scribe of the Full Monty.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 2, 2007
The whole enterprise is awash in a combined farcical obviousness and drippy sentimentality to induce more audience groans than laughs.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
July 18, 2003
In the end it may be nothing but hot air, but like a warming gust of conditioned wind after that cold morning shower, Blow Dry feels good (enough).
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
Shows a hairdresser and his wife learning how to be a family in a new way at the National Hair Championships.
John Venable
Supercala.com
June 28, 2002
I really don't know who the heck this is supposed to appeal to...
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 19, 2001
The material just isn't up to par.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
May 3, 2001
The half-hearted release mirrors the efforts put in by nearly everyone involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
March 9, 2001
The script by Simon Beaufoy of The Full Monty fame is far more soapy than bubbly as it concentrates on extended family entanglements and allows its comic potential to be bleached out by a ponderous mawkish streak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
March 9, 2001
Marred by mixing a supposedly touching and tragic family story with a half-blown, numbly campy send-up of the world of hair, Blow Dry just doesn't jibe.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 9, 2001
Blow Dry seems both overplotted and underimagined.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 9, 2001
Blow Dry is enjoyable in a low-key way, but it's far from an unqualified hit, and lacks the infectious energy of Beaufoy's earlier effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
March 9, 2001
Blow Dry has some wonderful moments, but the laughs are thin and the serious bits skid into melodrama.
Dave White
IFilm
March 9, 2001
By the end of this dispirited piece of regurgitated Full Monty NutraSweet, you'll wish someone were pointing a nail gun at your head instead.

E! Online
March 9, 2001
For all of its attempts at fluffing up this could-be-cute tale, Blow Dry lays flat -- padded down by subplots about broken marriages, struggles with cancer and an unnecessary Romeo-and-Juliet story.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
March 9, 2001
A tedious comedy.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
March 9, 2001
This comedy is like the worst kind of hair: limp, unattractive, dull, full of split ends and needlessly dirty.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
March 9, 2001
What Blow Dry needs, though, is less connect-the-dots and a little more of the waywardness that Warren Clarke's mayor-turned-emcee manages to wring from his limited assignment.
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
March 8, 2001
Most of the characters are just plain boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 8, 2001
It's fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
March 8, 2001
Blow Dry, the British comedy opening today, has a cast to die for, but that's about all that it has.
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