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Good Hair Reviews

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Jesse Washington
Associated Press
October 23, 2009
Rock sheds new light on this old story through a poignant mix of interviews, investigation and his trademark satire.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
October 23, 2009
Hair is personal. It's also political.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 23, 2009
Who would have thought that Chris Rock would make one of the best documentaries of 2009?
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 23, 2009
... subject is interesting, [the] treatment is entertaining, and the movie has thoughtful things to say ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
October 23, 2009
Whatever Rock's impetus for exploring the wallet-busting, day-consuming, sometimes chemically dangerous desire of black women to achieve European hair, he's never wanting for laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 23, 2009
It's funny, clever and marginally educational. You can tell your friends you went to a documentary without having felt as if you saw one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 23, 2009
Rock is our quick-witted empathetic guide in the film about black women's hair, a topic you might think would be of interest only to black women. You'd be wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 23, 2009
It's rich food for thought, though you wonder why little attention is given to the idea that perhaps some women relax their hair because it's easier to style that way, or that elaborate attention to hair is hardly exclusive to black women.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 22, 2009
Morgan Spurlock, look lively. Sacha Baron Cohen, watch your back. Chris Rock's bright, wisecracking exposà (C) Good Hair is the mane event.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Ramos
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 22, 2009
Rock's impressive multitasking pays off in a lively and entertaining documentary about the styling conventions, beauty-product companies and flamboyant hairdressers that make up African-American hair culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 22, 2009
If you arrive at Good Hair never having thought about the complexities of black hair, bring a notebook. If you are a black woman wearing a weave, bring a tissue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 22, 2009
Good Hair is certainly no arid anthropological study. Rock's queries are loose and quippy, but his instincts are as sharp as an investigative journalist's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 22, 2009
Rock takes aim at the truth and humor of this potent cultural question with a sharp wit and lively curiousity, even if he doesn't pursue vigorously enough its uglier side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
October 22, 2009
It's an inside look at an offbeat, under-examined corner of American life -- one of the things that documentaries do best, and Good Hair does it well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
October 22, 2009
Rock imparts a comical look at the desire to keep the natural state of black hair a distant memory. Funny stuff, though a few nuggets of information he stumbles upon introduce a semi-horror film element to the documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Shaula Clark
Boston Phoenix
October 22, 2009
Good Hair is a film that will make your head itch to know more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2009
Some of this, a lot of this, is preaching to the choir. But it's still pretty compelling no matter what perspective you're coming from.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 21, 2009
Scattered as it sometimes seems, Good Hair is a real eye-opener...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 21, 2009
A surprisingly fascinating subject that...yields lots of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 16, 2009
Good Hair, directed by longtime Rock collaborator Jeff Stilson, is such a rollicking, thoroughly entertaining ride that it's easy to take for granted just how easy Rock makes it look.
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