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Bad Hair Reviews

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February 1, 2020
A case of a movie only going so far, reaching a point where its parallels become too literal to stick and its plot turns just doesn't know when to quit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 27, 2020
In the end, though, all the en-pointe nuances in the world can't salvage a weighty script.
Full Review | Original Score: 5
February 11, 2020
With a few trims here and there, Bad Hair could have been a savage satire of the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
January 24, 2020
Unfortunately Bad Hair never makes a clear stance on whether or not the movie is about how the achievement of those aesthetics divide the community, or if this is a fight against the status quo.
January 25, 2020
... despite the great acting and nuances of Black womanhood, especially as it pertains to our relationship with our hair... Bad Hair doesn't quite know what it wants to say, leaving its audience stumbling around for answers.
February 5, 2020
The truly ironic twist is this puts black women in the same kind of sexist situation white women typically occupy in cinema... That could be a twisted kind of progress I suppose, but nothing resembling a real solution.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 26, 2020
In its second hour, things start to fall apart when Simien decides to inject slasher film tropes into his narrative, blurring the film's message of black culture being "whitened" for mainstream purposes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 10, 2020
The horror-comedy from the creator of Dear White People, however, doesn't quite stick its landing.
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January 24, 2020
The impression is of a provocative logline that Simien never quite figured out how to expand into a satisfying movie; once you get the thrust of the story, it's mostly repetitions on a theme.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 24, 2020
"Bad Hair" has plenty to say - about the plight of black women in particular and blackness in popular culture in general - but his movie can't settle on laughing off the conflict or regarding it with dread.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 24, 2020
Despite many deliriously enjoyable sequences, this is thin material, only fitfully funny, messily executed and more silly than scary, which makes it bit of a disappointment.
January 31, 2020
Despite a few hair-raising moments, Bad Hair suffers from saggy pacing and a seriously flat central performance. But the central message of selling out your inherent physiology for white-world success is downright haunting.
January 24, 2020
Bad Hair will give every woman with a weave nightmares with his latest satirical horror. Not without its flaws, the film places a glaring spotlight on the importance of hair in the black community and the quest for beauty and power by any means necessary
January 26, 2020
I thought it was funny, wacky, campy and scary enough to be fun
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 26, 2020
A pensive style of social horror that will likely be more meaningful to women as well as people of color.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 11, 2020
While powerful in its first half exploring Anna and her past, falters as it tries to understand Black women as a collective. Still, it should be commended for trying.
January 24, 2020
This is Elle Lorraine's feature-film debut, and she's steadily remarkable: assured, intelligent, deadpan, heartbreaking, and finally, terrifying. Her face alone could carry this movie - it's that expressive, that connective.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 31, 2020
To leverage Black women's hair for your story and to not give it the length it deserves cuts the potential of BAD HAIR at the root.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
January 24, 2020
Bad Hair is a delightful horror dramedy that interrogates black women's struggle to be true to themselves in the face of a system hellbent on snuffing out their blackness.
January 25, 2020
He's talking about things no other filmmaker is talking about, having to comb through a bit of a mess is a small price to pay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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