• R, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Classics, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Hal Ashby
    In Theaters:
    Feb 14, 1975 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 21, 2003
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Shampoo Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Shampoo never quite connects its images of national mediocrity and personal self-deception.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2004
Variety Staff
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All the excellent creative components do not add up to a whole.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 31, 2007
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily

It's a bit slow by today's standards; it doesn't hold up.

| Original Score: 2/5

August 5, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I didn't care much for the trim this satire on a girl crazy Beverly Hills hairdresser gave me.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

July 17, 2008
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Once you leave the theater, you become hard-pressed to remember much about this film.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 15, 2011
Nora Sayre
New York Times
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Disappointment comes in all weights and flavors, but the brand that's generated by Hal Ashby's Shampoo is a bit harder to swallow than some.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 9, 2005
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Doesn't stand the test of time.

Full Review | Original Score: C

January 27, 2003
Richard Luck

Kitsch, stylish and a little on the empty side, Shampoo is mirror image of the decade that spawned it.

Full Review Source: Film4

October 31, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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This 1975 feature is slick and often funny, but the smugness of the satire and the stunted emotions are finally wearying.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Greg Muskewitz

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

December 22, 2003

Time Out
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The laughs are tempered by bleakness and the film ends up saddened by its characters' waywardness.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2002
Scott Weinberg

| Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Even though Shampoo didn't blow me away, at least it was more ambitious than anything playing today.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null

The jokes and characters are archetypes of America's most ridiculous era, which makes Shampoo serve better as a historical record than a timeless comedy.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 5, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

August 9, 2002
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner

There's a deep, soulful confusion here that isn't careless with frivolity.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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There's a self-awareness to Shampoo that gives the movie a cleansing sadness and, oddly, makes Beatty an affectingly amoral roue.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly

April 17, 2012
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 5/5

May 21, 2004
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 3/5

October 6, 2005
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