Hair High Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 23, 2006
The film spoils itself %u2014 and not in the way Plympton has spoiled his fans so much before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 23, 2006
When Plympton's freak flag flies, Hair High delivers the same whacked-out weirdness of his shorts. The rest of the film simply stretches out the simple premise...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian D. Schiller
Slant Magazine
October 18, 2006
The taste meter on Hair High gets turned off somewhere around the halfway mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
March 24, 2006
Demonstrates the problem with taking a singular animated style -- best seen in witty, small doses -- and extending it to a 78-minute feature that taxes one's patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 18, 2006
The monstrous images that are so effective in Plympton's short Plymptoons can be unpleasant at feature length and eventually overwhelm what is, at heart, a Grease-like teen-movie parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 6, 2004
Hair High is the actually the artist's most cohesive 'story' to date...which means it's only about 35% weirder than any other sort of animation out there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 19, 2007
Plympton's fourth feature film is also his least inspired, but it's still very much worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 18, 2006
None of this is for kids, and the way Plympton works clearly isn't for studios. It's just for grown-up fans of eye-catching animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 1, 2006
Much of the visual comedy comes from the incongruous proportions of the bodies: skinny legs and puffed-out chests.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2007
Hair High is not for everyone, but it's not like anything else out right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Gary Goldstein
Reel.com
April 13, 2007
It's a wickedly fine ensemble and Plympton gives everyone free rein, which is no surprise from the creator of this irreverent, freewheeling delight.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Land
Village Voice
October 17, 2006
Too glib to qualify as satire, Hair High nails the high school experience.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 9, 2007
Rarely is filmmaking of any kind this exuberant, this inventive or this entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Campos
Film Threat
April 17, 2004
Just remember all of the anxieties you had in high school and apply them to Plympton's twisted gray matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 18, 2006
In the gleefully outrageous animated feature Hair High, director Bill Plympton walks the border between ridiculously gross and outright offensive.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 19, 2006
An amusing send-up of late '50s/early '60s high-school melodramas and teen-tragedy pop hits.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
January 12, 2007
With sharp animation, funny gags and catchy songs, Hair High plays like the weirdest, and improbably sweetest, send-up of Grease you'll ever see.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 12, 2007
It's probably time for Plympton -- who's been making films for nearly 30 years -- to try to do something a little loftier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
April 12, 2007
It's gross-out fare of the highest caliber.
Dave White
Movies.com
April 17, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Time Out
April 14, 2007
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