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A frankly adult comedy about the sex lives of the aimless and the rich, Shampoo is also a pointed commentary on the demise of 1960s idealism at the dawn of the Nixon era. It is Election Day, 1968, and randy Beverly Hills hairdresser George Roundy (Warren Beatty) is too worried about attending to all of his women's tonsorial and sexual needs, while trying to swing a bank loan to fund his own salon, to notice the fateful Presidential race. As George juggles the demands of girlfriend Jill (Goldie Hawn) and mistress Felicia (Lee Grant), not to mention Felicia's daughter (Carrie Fisher), he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a self-awareness to Shampoo that gives the movie a cleansing sadness and, oddly, makes Beatty an affectingly amoral roue."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"The laughs are tempered by bleakness and the film ends up saddened by its characters' waywardness."
‑ , Time Out
"An immensely-successful film whose vein of strong black humour disguises its criticisms of American morals and society."
‑ , Sky Movies
"Kitsch, stylish and a little on the empty side, Shampoo is mirror image of the decade that spawned it."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"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."
‑ Christopher Null,
"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."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Nora Sayre, New York Times
"Once you leave the theater, you become hard-pressed to remember much about this film."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Beatty mercilessly lampoons his own offscreen image in a bumptious comedy of manners that turns persuasively sombre at the end."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A lacerating portrait of an emotionally empty hairdresser and the multitudinous female company he keeps."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"All the excellent creative components do not add up to a whole."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Shampoo never quite connects its images of national mediocrity and personal self-deception."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"I didn't care much for the trim this satire on a girl crazy Beverly Hills hairdresser gave me."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Doesn't stand the test of time."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
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