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"Good Hair" is an insightful and entertaining, yet remarkably serious, documentary about African-American hair culture. An exposť of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, "Good Hair" visits hair salons and styling battles, scientific laboratories, and Indian temples to explore the way black hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships and self-esteem of black people. What Rock discovers is that black hair is a big business that doesn't always benefit the black community.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"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."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Though Rock's affable nature and probing comic instincts ensure the tone is always light and jocular, his discoveries are sometimes jaw-dropping..."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"All Christopher Guest-allusions aside, this is a crucial documentary about race and gender today."
‑ Georgie Hobbs, Little White Lies
"Though its production values are on the low side and it flounders a little as it bounces from Hollywood to India, overall it's a fascinating, energetic and enlightening film that'll ensure you'll never look at hair the same way again."
‑ Karen Krizanovich, Radio Times
"Full of sweetly sardonic observations, the docu-comedy is one of the funniest movies of the year."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It's an eye-opener, if a blatantly chauvinistic one: Rock's main beefs seem to be that men have to pay for it, and upkeep of such a coveted accessory is a barrier to intimacy in the bedroom."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Despite dozens of interviews and Rock's personal agenda, this isn't the hard-hitting expose it should have been."
‑ David Hughes, Empire Magazine
" amiable and mostly funny spotlight on a part of black culture..."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Rock sheds new light on this old story through a poignant mix of interviews, investigation and his trademark satire."
‑ Jesse Washington, Associated Press
"Morgan Spurlock, look lively. Sacha Baron Cohen, watch your back. Chris Rock's bright, wisecracking expos√ (C) Good Hair is the mane event."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Chris Rock hosts this exploration into hair issues in the African-American community, talking to celebrities, experts and hairdressers. What's surprising is that this is such a big issue, although the film isn't much more than entertaining fluff."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"It's just about sharp and funny enough to make you wish it was a bit sharper and funnier."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
"Mr. Rock and Mr. Stilson don't beat you up with a tiresome polemic a-la Michael Moore. Never does he put himself at the center of the film, condescend to the audience, or insult his interview subjects regardless of their views..."
‑ Rubin Safaya,
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