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Blow Dry Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 21, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
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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
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
March 9, 2001
A tedious comedy.
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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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 8, 2001
It's fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 8, 2001
Apparently [the town inhabitants] haven't heard of the healing properties of chocolate or male stripping.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Al Brumley
Dallas Morning News
March 8, 2001
More interaction involving the hairdressers and the townspeople - along with the deletion of one or two meaningless side plots - might have given Blow Dry more body.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
March 8, 2001
It may be possible that people who never go to the movies will stumble across Blow Dry and find it a charming way to spend an hour and a half, but the rest of us will have the ending written in our heads by the end of the first five minutes.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
March 8, 2001
It's not a good hair day for Blow Dry, in which The Full Monty writer Simon Beaufoy tries to mesh melodrama and camp, but comes up with merely a fraction of the inspiration of his previous international hit.
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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
March 8, 2001
If you can handle weepy smiles and lots of hairspray, then go.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
March 8, 2001
Few things can be counted on to lift a person's spirits better than a good haircut. If Blow Dry isn't quite so sure a bet, it probably comes close enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 8, 2001
If Blow Dry isn't a rousing triumph on the order of The Full Monty and Brassed Off, Rickman, Richardson and Nighy make sure it's a winning film.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 8, 2001
You find yourself liking many of these people and even sort of rooting for the Cut Above team.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 8, 2001
Director Paddy Breathnach, who made the criminally underrated I Went Down, struggles to counteract the hackneyed plotting with visual grace. All the actors likewise struggle to rise above the mawkish sentimentality.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
March 8, 2001
The film comes off as little more than a contrived composite, despite the best efforts of pros Rickman, Richardson, and Griffiths.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 8, 2001
Despite its dollops of good-natured humor and sentiment, Blow Dry is likely to play better on the tube as a likable-enough diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 8, 2001
The problem is director Paddy Breathnach can't decide what kind of movie this should be.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
March 8, 2001
It doesn't matter if you know or care nothing about hairstyling. You'll probably enjoy this movie more the less you care about hair.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 8, 2001
High-spirited but erratic.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 8, 2001
Another case of when bad scripts happen to good actors.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 7, 2001
The formula is nakedly apparent, and the woes and crises feel as synthetic as a bad wig.