Shampoo
Shampoo (1975)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

There's a self-awareness to Shampoo that gives the movie a cleansing sadness and, oddly, makes Beatty an affectingly amoral roue.

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Time Out

The laughs are tempered by bleakness and the film ends up saddened by its characters' waywardness.

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Sky Movies

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

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.

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Nora Sayre
New York 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.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Once you leave the theater, you become hard-pressed to remember much about this film.

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Variety Staff
Variety

All the excellent creative components do not add up to a whole.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Shampoo never quite connects its images of national mediocrity and personal self-deception.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I didn't care much for the trim this satire on a girl crazy Beverly Hills hairdresser gave me.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Pouffy little sex comedy aspires to be something more. Beatty is funny in his self-absorbed confusion. Actually everone is. Julie Christie is spot on as the… More
Tim Sigur
A great film. The more and more I see his films, Hal Ashby is becoming one of my favorite directors. This is another example of how great of a director he is.… More
Chris Weber
Taking place on the eve of Richard Nixon's taking of the presidency, but released in the aftermath of Watergate, this film provides a nice commentary about… More
Anthony Lawrie
This is probably my least favourite Hal Ashby film but its still fantastic! Beatty, Christie and Hawn give great performances in what is essentially a… More
AJ Verser
Although there are a lot of outrageous scenes, they aren't as funny as they think they are. The story isn't all that interesting either, but it does… More
Dean McKenna
This is quite an interesting period black comedy set in the late 60s during the sex revolution. In one sentence, it's about a Casanova hairdresser who… More