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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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... 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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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
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.