Box Office - 08/27/2009 3 stars out of 5 -- "[L]ively and entertaining..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/07/2009 3 stars out of 4 -- "[W]arm, funny and entertaining..."
USA Today - 10/16/2009 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[Rock] approaches the subject with earnest interest and easy humor....His style is lively, smooth and up-to-date, like the most coveted 'do."
New York Times - 10/14/2009
"Spirited, probing and frequently hilarious, it coasts on the fearless charm of its front man and the eye-opening candor of its interviewees..."
A.V. Club - 10/08/2009
"Rock proves a delightful host, refreshingly willing to play straight man to the larger-than-life characters he encounters." -- Grade: B+
Entertainment Weekly - 10/16/2009
"[A] deeply funny and very serious documentary..." -- Grade: B+
Washington Post - 10/09/2009
"[A] hilarious documentary that, like all great comedies, is shot through with equal parts humor and heartbreak."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2010
"Rock's visit to the Bronner Bros convention and its extraordinary hairdressing competition has to be seen to be believed....Witty and always entertaining..."
In the movie SCHOOL DAZE, Spike Lee staged a dance number in which two bands of African-American college students debated the merits of "Straight and Nappy" hair in song, and now comedian Chris Rock and filmmaker Jeff Stilson have extended the conversation to a full-length film in this witty documentary with serious undertones. Rock says he was inspired to make the film when his young daughter asked him, "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair'" and he and Stilson examine black America's obsession with their hair as they visit the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show, an annual trade show for the African-American hair care industry which includes fierce competitions among stylists from around the country and demonstrations of new hair products and techniques. Along the way, Rock also talks to a number of African-American luminaries about their hair issues (including Maya Angelou, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Nia Long, Raven Symone, Ice-T, and Paul Mooney), researches the dangers of many common hair-straightening treatments, reveals the surprising expense of regular hair "relaxing" and weaves, and ponders what the pursuit of straight hair says about African-American cultural identity. GOOD HAIR received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
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