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Shampoo Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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.

Sky Movies
April 17, 2012
An immensely-successful film whose vein of strong black humour disguises its criticisms of American morals and society.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
Once you leave the theater, you become hard-pressed to remember much about this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 17, 2008
I didn't care much for the trim this satire on a girl crazy Beverly Hills hairdresser gave me.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Richard Luck
Film4
October 31, 2007
Kitsch, stylish and a little on the empty side, Shampoo is mirror image of the decade that spawned it.

TV Guide
October 31, 2007
Beatty mercilessly lampoons his own offscreen image in a bumptious comedy of manners that turns persuasively sombre at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 31, 2007
All the excellent creative components do not add up to a whole.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The laughs are tempered by bleakness and the film ends up saddened by its characters' waywardness.
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Nora Sayre
New York Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Shampoo never quite connects its images of national mediocrity and personal self-deception.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 5, 2003
The jokes and characters are archetypes of America's most ridiculous era, which makes Shampoo serve better as a historical record than a timeless comedy.
| Original Score: 3/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
A lacerating portrait of an emotionally empty hairdresser and the multitudinous female company he keeps.
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 27, 2003
Doesn't stand the test of time.
Full Review| Original Score: C
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 20, 2003
A carefully-directed classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
August 5, 2002
It's a bit slow by today's standards; it doesn't hold up.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
Even though Shampoo didn't blow me away, at least it was more ambitious than anything playing today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
This 1975 feature is slick and often funny, but the smugness of the satire and the stunted emotions are finally wearying.
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
There's a deep, soulful confusion here that isn't careless with frivolity.
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