Bad Hair

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Bad Hair's unwieldy ambitions are easy to respect -- even if the film's tonal jumble and uneven execution are impossible to ignore.

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Release date: Jan 23, 2020

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Los Angeles, 1989. Anna Bludso (Elle Lorraine) is a scarred survivor of a scalp burn from a mild relaxer perm. She also has the smarts and ambition to be the next on-air star at Culture, a music video TV show. After years of struggling to be seen for her ideas and hard work, Anna fears the worst when her dreadlocked boss is replaced by Zora (Vanessa Williams), an ex-supermodel with a silver tongue. Zora warns Anna that her nappy look has got to go, so Anna bites the bullet and gets a weave. Turns out, her flowing new hair is the key to success-but it arrived with a mind of its own, and it bites back!

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (12)

  • With echoes of camp, B-movies, '80s hip-hop, and female empowerment films of that era, Bad Hair is stunningly ambitious, and that overwhelms most of my issues with it.

    January 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The impression is of a provocative logline that Simien never quite figured out how to expand into a satisfying movie; once you get the thrust of the story, it's mostly repetitions on a theme.

    January 24, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
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  • This is Elle Lorraine's feature-film debut, and she's steadily remarkable: assured, intelligent, deadpan, heartbreaking, and finally, terrifying. Her face alone could carry this movie - it's that expressive, that connective.

    January 24, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • "Bad Hair" has plenty to say - about the plight of black women in particular and blackness in popular culture in general - but his movie can't settle on laughing off the conflict or regarding it with dread.

    January 24, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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  • Despite many deliriously enjoyable sequences, this is thin material, only fitfully funny, messily executed and more silly than scary, which makes it bit of a disappointment.

    January 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Simien has a steady handle on his serio-comic tone, at once sly, resonant, and horrific.

    January 24, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Amy Nicholson

    Variety
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