Blow Dry (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Blow Dry (2001)



Critic Consensus: Heartwarming, but over-the-top and too formulaic.

Movie Info

Two beauty salons in the small English town of Keighley are locked in a heated rivalry over the National Hairdressing Championships. Local hairdresser Phil was once the golden boy of the competition until his wife and model Shelly left him and their son Brian to set up shop with her lover Sandra. Retired from the scene, Phil wants nothing to do with all the excitement surrounding the beautiful and stylish crowd that has flocked to the town. However, as the preparations for the big event begin to unfold, it becomes clear that the out-of-towners aren't playing by the rules, so rivals Phil, Shelly and Sandra must put aside their differences and team up to put their town back on the map and their family back on track.

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Alan Rickman
as Phil Allen
Natasha Richardson
as Shelley Allen
Rachael Leigh Cook
as Christina Robertson
Josh Hartnett
as Brian Allen
Heidi Klum
as Jasmine
Anne Rye
as Margaret, Farmer's Wife
Oliver Ford Davies
as Doctor Hamilton
Mark Benton
as George, Journalist 1
Gordon Langford Rowe
as Stanley, Journalist 2
Johnny Leeze
as Journalist
Stephen Graham
as Photographer
Willie Ross
as Louis's Volunteer
Jukka Hiltunen
as Biker Volunteer
Peter Kay
as Cyril the Barman
Janet Henfrey
as Aerobics Teacher
Tony Barton
as Workman 1
Philip Wright
as Workman 2
Margaret Blakemore
as Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Blow Dry

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (25)

The script by Simon Beaufoy of The Full Monty fame is far more soapy than bubbly as it concentrates on extended family entanglements and allows its comic potential to be bleached out by a ponderous mawkish streak.

March 9, 2001 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Blow Dry seems both overplotted and underimagined.

March 9, 2001 | Rating: 1.5/5

Blow Dry is enjoyable in a low-key way, but it's far from an unqualified hit, and lacks the infectious energy of Beaufoy's earlier effort.

March 9, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A tedious comedy.

March 9, 2001 | Full Review…
Top Critic

What Blow Dry needs, though, is less connect-the-dots and a little more of the waywardness that Warren Clarke's mayor-turned-emcee manages to wring from his limited assignment.

March 9, 2001

It's fun.

March 8, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blow Dry

an entertaining enough movie, thats funny, enjoyable , and a good enough storyline thats bound to make you love this movie! the yorkshire accent is kinda annoying but bearable with bill nighy and alan rickaman making the film that much more enjoyable to be honest! a good enough movie that doesnt offer much but still worth the watch, not my favourite alan rickman movie but it'll do!!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Another one of those movies where I was expecting a comedy based on the previews. It almost made me cry a few times! And Josh Harnett's British accent was kinda terrible, he should stick with drama. It was pretty ridiculous though and a fun movie.

Megan S
Megan S

Super Reviewer


So it's a comedy about hairdressing. In truth, the hairdressing provides little more than colour commentary (pun intended), because it's the relationships that take first stage, and they take it really well. Alan Rickman is good, sincere and has depth, Josh Hartnett has an okay delivery ruined by his trying-too-hard faux Yorkshire accent, and Bill Nighy is Bill Nighy, you'll always get a few laughs from him, but the real stars are Rachel Griffiths and Natasha Richardson. Griffiths, in particular, is splendid, going from funny to poignantly hurt to deep, deep love without skipping a beat. Richardson also makes a strong impression, and you can feel the pain in her as the film goes. Oh well... It's a fun film, but it's also a good film.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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