Shampoo (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes


Shampoo (1975)



Critic Consensus: Shampoo trains a darkly comic lens on post-Nixon America, aiming at -- and often hitting -- an array of timely targets.

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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 requests that George escort his mistress to an election night party.

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Lee Grant
as Felicia
Jack Warden
as Lester Carr
Tony Bill
as Johnny Pope
Carrie Fisher
as Lorna Carr
George Furth
as Mr. Pettis
Brad Dexter
as Sen. Joe East
Sue Moore
as Gloria
Doris Packer
as Rosalind
Hal Buckley
as Kenneth
Cherie Latimer
as Girl in Car
Richard E. Kalk
as Younger Detective
Sean Walsh
as Boy with Twins
Michelle Phillips
as Girl at Party
Daryl Roach
as Boy at Party
Don Ames
as Guest
Kathleen Miller
as Anjanette
Susan McIver
as Beauty Shop Customer
Cynthia Wood
as Beauty Shop Customer
Jamie Cannon
as Beauty Shop Customer
Kimberly McGowen
as Beauty Shop Customer
Gail Landrey
as Beauty Shop Customer
Annalee Coyle
as Beauty Shop Customer
Howard Culver
as Newscaster
George Justin
as Producer
Lesley Evans
as Secretary
Joan Marshall
as Mrs. Schumann
Janice Baker
as Model No.1
April Ross
as Model No.2
Paula Warner
as Model No.3
Luis Delgado
as Waiter at Bistro
Dina Ousley
as Hairdresser
Mack Eden
as Hairdresser
Gary Marsh
as Boy No.1
Sharon Kelly
as Painted Lady
Wally Crowder
as Delivery Boy
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Critic Reviews for Shampoo

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (11)

George is that rare breed of lothario whom we believe when he suggests that he is promiscuous because he loves women too much and too well, a casualty of his own emotional immaturity.

March 18, 2021 | Full Review…

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

December 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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

April 17, 2012

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.

June 20, 2008 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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

October 31, 2007 | Full Review…

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

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Shampoo


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 the Nixon years, made more potent by the fact that the audience (but not the characters) are aware of how things would turn out with Nixon. This isn't a film about presidential politics though. Rather, it is about sexual ploitics. I just mentioned all of the above since the film places things within a certain context, which also gives more weight and depth to the satire it is presenting about what was going on at the time. SImply put, if one wanted a historically rooted film that commented on the sexual revolution, this would be one to watch. Warren Beatty plays George- a successful hairdresser on the verge of financial ruin who gets in way over his head when the man who might loan him some money just happens to be with an ex of his, as well as the father and husband of two other woman (among others) that he is sleeping around with. This makes for both some fun satirical laughs, as well as some poignant drama that ties in with the death of 60s idealism and the terrible hangover that hits when the party ends. Robert Towne (who also wrote Chinatown) penned the script, and apparently Beatty had a hand of some sort in the writing process as well. Hal Ashby directs, and it is one of several 1970s masterpieces he was responsible for helming. I really like that guy, and it is good to see thast others are starting to feel the same way (on a broader scale). Beatty and the rest of the cast (including a young Carrie FIsher) are all excellent, and somehow, we actually sympathize with some of these characters, and kind of care for them, even if we really shouldn't. Give this one a watch. It's a great film with a strong ending, and a great look at the times it both portrays and came about during.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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 have a good cast.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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. Of course, Warren Beatty is basically playing himself as a hairstylist and giving him an excuse to bang Julie Christie (how amazing does she look in this film) on screen and in front of a crew. The best performances to me were Goldie Hawn and Jack Warden who steals the show. Beautiful cinematography, great writing, and a great cast. It's a shame to watch these movies and know that it may never be like that decade of greatness ever again.

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

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