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Good Hair Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2011
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
June 24, 2010
Rock fronts this informative rummage through the $9 billion US black hair industry in a style much like his stand-up comedy: hilarious, insightful and charming enough to let him get away with the flammable stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 23, 2009
Full of sweetly sardonic observations, the docu-comedy is one of the funniest movies of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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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
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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.
Read More | 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
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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
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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
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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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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 16, 2009
This entertaining exploration of black hair issues will get your dander up.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
October 16, 2009
The film succeeds as a vehicle for Rock's personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 16, 2009
It's more TV special material that theatrical release. But thanks to Rock's laid-back humour, Good Hair is also good entertainment.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
October 14, 2009
Who defines good? This doc never quite finds the source, but it sure shows us the damage it's done to wallets, egos and follicles.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
October 12, 2009
This movie just does take what seems like a kind of a superficial topic and really does go into it with great depth.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 9, 2009
The result is a pop documentary in the Morgan Spurlock mode, cheeky and smart without being too serious.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 9, 2009
Whether you have good hair or not, there's plenty to appreciate in Chris Rock's rollicking documentary about what goes on when African-American women hit the salon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 9, 2009
Spirited, probing and frequently hilarious, it coasts on the fearless charm of its front man and the eye-opening candor of its interviewees.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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October 9, 2009
Part of the fun here is the way our narrator gets at complicated questions in his characteristically glib way. ... [But] real answers will have to be teased out elsewhere. Good Hair isn't selling anything but a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 9, 2009
I've never been much of a Chris Rock fan, but I was riveted by the on-screen interviews he conducts with celebrities like Nia Long and Al Sharpton, as well as regular folk, to explore African-American women's very complicated relationship with their hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 9, 2009
Chris Rock's Good Hair is one of those rare documentaries that works on two seemingly incongruous levels at once: It's both social commentary and pure delight.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 9, 2009
Rock is not only funny, he's an affable and intelligent host in a documentary that is accessible, breezy and highly informative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 8, 2009
An amusing, poignant and surprisingly candid look at the topic with a disarming Rock coaxing answers and opinions from an eclectic cross section of African Americans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chicago Reader
October 8, 2009
A wonderfully insightful and entertaining, yet remarkably serious, documentary about African American hair culture.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 8, 2009
In chronicling the permutations of black hair, the filmmaker ends up making a breezy statement on the universality of narcissism.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 8, 2009
Rock takes his Good Hair job as a documentarian seriously enough to be interesting, but not so seriously that the film groans with earnestness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 8, 2009
[Rock] conveys a lot of information, but also some unfortunate opinions and misleading facts. That doesn't mean the movie isn't warm, funny and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 7, 2009
Chris Rock's deeply funny and very serious documentary about the African-American obsession with straightened tresses.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
October 6, 2009
[A] breezy, superficial doc.
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Justin Chang
Variety
October 6, 2009
Good Hair is a raucous and rigorous inquiry into the subject of African-American hair -- the stigmas, the secrets, the shocking price of maintenance -- that gets at universal but rarely discussed truths about black femininity.