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Shampoo Reviews

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Top Critic
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.
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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

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
Emanuel Levy
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+
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 12, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 29, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 21, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
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.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 20, 2003
A carefully-directed classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 31, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
There's a deep, soulful confusion here that isn't careless with frivolity.
Gary Mairs
January 1, 2000
It's rare for a Hollywood film to have a single decent part for a woman: four great ones is unheard of. And all the female leads are spectacular, giving performances on par with the best of their careers.
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
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