Good Hair

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

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  • Summary: An exposé of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, Good Hair visits beauty salons and hairstyling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore how hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks and self-esteem of the black community. (Roadside Attractions)

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  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    Good Hair is cause for hope that Rock continues to make documentaries. His style is lively, smooth and up-to-date, like the most coveted 'do.
  2. 83
    Is it possible to talk about the fascinating and complex universe of black hair without dealing with race and identity? That’s the question posed by Good Hair.
  3. 80
    One of those rare documentaries that works on two seemingly incongruous levels at once: It's both social commentary and pure delight.
  4. 75
    There’s a lot of Michael Moore’s ambulatory spirit in this film, which the comedian Jeff Stinson directed. There’s also a lot of the damning comedic commentary that made Rock’s old HBO series so urgent.
  5. Good Hair is also about how African-Americans spend $9-billion annually chemically treating and straightening their hair, buying 80 per cent of America's hair products. It's such a fascinating, complex tale that you hope one day some probing filmmaker will make a conclusive documentary on the subject.
  6. An exposé of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off.
  7. A slipshod documentary about a fascinating subject: the loaded history and current complications of African-American hairstyling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Scalabrine21
    Oct 15, 2009
    10
    There are very few non-ficition based movies available for viewing in theaters, that are humorous, clever, amusing, educational, insightful, There are very few non-ficition based movies available for viewing in theaters, that are humorous, clever, amusing, educational, insightful, at times unsettling, and overall worth every penny of the $10 you spent. This is one of those movies. I am a caucasian male and I loved every minute of this movie. Chris Rock is headed for a wonderful career in documentaries if he chooses to do so, because when you can make a feature film an hour and a half long that a studio believes will make a profit on just hair, you are doing something right! Sitting there, I felt like I was allowed into a secret society of not only hair care, but also one's identity, one's fears, and an entire cultural perception of how beauty is viewed and the lengths one goes through to attain the standard of beauty the world has established. You will leave this movie feeling both touched and informed, and honestly will never look at the hair on your head (or on other's heads) in the same way. Documentary of the year for Chris Rock. Not because he's Chris Rock. But because he chose a topic that's been evident for centuries but never truly been discussed to this length. Collapse
  2. kathleenc
    Oct 24, 2009
    9
    Informative, intelligent, funny and enjoyable. Hope Chris Rock makes another documentary soon.
  3. SoniaO
    Oct 13, 2009
    8
    I enjoyed this movie. There are lots of interesting facts about black hair care that I didn't know about - and I'm black!
  4. BobC
    Dec 6, 2009
    8
    This movie was well-paced and sensitive to the issues of empowerment and oppression. I thought the Atlanta hair show was an effective This movie was well-paced and sensitive to the issues of empowerment and oppression. I thought the Atlanta hair show was an effective unifying device, much needed in a documentary. Expand
  5. Feb 24, 2016
    8
    I think this is a brilliant documentary combining facts with comedy.

    Watch it online for free:
    I think this is a brilliant documentary combining facts with comedy.

    Watch it online for free: http://www.primewire.ag/watch-19818-Good-Hair-online-free
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  6. T.Russ
    Oct 12, 2009
    1
    Waste of film!
  7. RR
    Oct 25, 2009
    1
    This film was an advertisement for Bonner Brothers and not informative at all. I must admit, it is the first time I paid for a mojor This film was an advertisement for Bonner Brothers and not informative at all. I must admit, it is the first time I paid for a mojor corporations infomercial. Expand

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