Shampoo (1975)

This film is set the day after Nixon's election in 1968. George is a Beverly Hills hairdresser whose services to his female clients sometimes extend beyond a mere snip. George borrows money from his lover's husband, who in turns… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 14, 1975
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Walter Goodman
New York Times

In "Shampoo" Ashby shows that he has a good memory for a couple of decades of cinematic clichés.

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Variety Staff

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

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Sky Cinema

An immensely-successful film whose vein of strong black humour disguises its criticisms of American morals and society.

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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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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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

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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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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
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
Aj V
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
jay nixon
love julie christie and lee grant but the picture is so dated.