Shampoo 1975

Shampoo

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Shampoo trains a darkly comic lens on post-Nixon America, aiming at -- and often hitting -- an array of timely targets.

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Against the backdrop of Nixon's election to office, Beverly Hills hairdresser and notorious rake George Roundy (Warren Beatty) runs into trouble when his lascivious habits begin to clash with his more responsible business ambitions. Things get even more complex when Roundy asks his wealthy mistress, Felicia Karpf (Lee Grant), for a business loan, unaware that his best friend and ex-girlfriend, Jackie (Julie Christie), is sleeping with Karpf's husband, Lester (Jack Warden).

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (14)

  • In "Shampoo" Ashby shows that he has a good memory for a couple of decades of cinematic clichés.

    December 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • There's a self-awareness to Shampoo that gives the movie a cleansing sadness and, oddly, makes Beatty an affectingly amoral roue.

    April 17, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Shampoo, made in 1975 but set in 1968, the night before Richard Nixon's election to the presidency, was directed by Hal Ashby and written by Robert Towne and Warren Beatty, who may have produced one of the best scripts in the last three decades.

    June 20, 2008 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • All the excellent creative components do not add up to a whole.

    October 31, 2007 | Full Review…

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

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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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.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shampoo

  • Feb 09, 2016
    Sort of an anti-nostalgia piece . . . trading romantic notions about the late 60s for icy cynicism and shallow characters. Which represents a rarely seen perspective about that decade.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Although there are a lot of outrageous scenes, they aren't as funny as they think they are. The story isn't all that interesting either, but it does have a good cast.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2010
    A 'classic' of the 70's this hasn't really aged well and the whole thing moved along at a turgid pace. All the cast are great and the characters are interesting but this isn't really a comedy (although it's billed as such) and the downbeat ending supports that. My wife asked when it was going to start halfway through this and I see what she means. Another classic to tick off my list but I don't think I'll be revisiting it.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2010
    A great film. The more and more I see his films, Hal Ashby is becoming one of my favorite directors. This is another example of how great of a director he is. Of course, Warren Beatty is basically playing himself as a hairstylist and giving him an excuse to bang Julie Christie (how amazing does she look in this film) on screen and in front of a crew. The best performances to me were Goldie Hawn and Jack Warden who steals the show. Beautiful cinematography, great writing, and a great cast. It's a shame to watch these movies and know that it may never be like that decade of greatness ever again.
    Tim S Super Reviewer

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