Shampoo Reviews

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May 29, 2020
Under Hal Ashby's direction, Shampoo is exceptionally well-acted, and looks like it was a lot of fun to make. Still, it's more a comedy of human observation than laugh-out-loud funny.
March 14, 2019
A savage satire that sets its sights on hypocrisy, superficiality, and sexual mores.
March 11, 2019
...unhurried if not slow, it at times feels downright deflated as characters wander ponderously through mansions and backyards or drive down crowded highways and empty hillside roadways.
February 10, 2019
Everything about Shampoo is vague, attitudinizing, and lacking in true insight. Not one of its characters is worthy of sympathy.
December 13, 2017
In "Shampoo" Ashby shows that he has a good memory for a couple of decades of cinematic clichés.
April 17, 2012
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
An immensely-successful film whose vein of strong black humour disguises its criticisms of American morals and society.
August 15, 2011
Once you leave the theater, you become hard-pressed to remember much about this film.
July 17, 2008
I didn't care much for the trim this satire on a girl crazy Beverly Hills hairdresser gave me.
June 20, 2008
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.
October 31, 2007
Kitsch, stylish and a little on the empty side, Shampoo is mirror image of the decade that spawned it.
October 31, 2007
Beatty mercilessly lampoons his own offscreen image in a bumptious comedy of manners that turns persuasively sombre at the end.
October 31, 2007
All the excellent creative components do not add up to a whole.
September 30, 2006
Star-producer Warren Beatty takes a stereotypically gay character, a glamorous hairdresser, and turns it into a womanizer in Beverly Hills, which is sort of Our Town, suburbia as small-town America, only four decades later.
February 9, 2006
The laughs are tempered by bleakness and the film ends up saddened by its characters' waywardness.
October 6, 2005
May 9, 2005
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.
November 12, 2004
October 23, 2004
Shampoo never quite connects its images of national mediocrity and personal self-deception.
July 29, 2004
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