• PG-13, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Mark Brown
    In Theaters:
    May 11, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 7, 2007


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The Salon Reviews

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Paul Chambers

Gosh, what a terrible movie. Stereotypes galore, and the humor falls flat. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: D-

January 1, 2010
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Like a third-rate Beauty Shop. Skip it.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 1/5

November 1, 2007
Michael Dequina

Vivica A. Fox proves to be a warm and appealing anchor for sometimes sitcom-level silliness.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

August 19, 2007
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

I've seen porn with better dialogue and SNL sketches with less amateur production values.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

August 6, 2007
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Not funny enough, romantic enough, or serious enough to succeed as a comedy, romance or urban issues drama.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 64/100

July 26, 2007
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun

The movie includes a few good one-liners, but that's really all it is -- a forum for putdowns and sassy dialogues.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: C

July 10, 2007
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The movie was shot more than three years before its release, and it shows, as when the salon's resident golddigger says: "Anna Nicole Smith -- I aspire to be just like her."

| Original Score: 1.5/4

May 18, 2007
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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At least Norbit tried to come up with fresh new awfulness instead of idling in these familiar old ruts.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D-

May 15, 2007
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

Talks its way to a tedious, predictable conclusion that offers more yawns than laughs.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

May 14, 2007
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film's feisty cast and generally sunny outlook make for warm and reassuring comfort viewing, the equivalent of a straight-from-the-box dish of mac and cheese.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 11, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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After scripting both Barbershops, writer-director Mark Brown appears to have exhausted his ability to create new and interesting characters to inhabit The Salon.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

May 11, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Despite all the stock characters and scenarios, Fox and company manage to bring things to life. And cut some hair.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 11, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The best scenes in Barbershop featured incisive discussions of current events. Here, the closest brush with topicality is a reference to Eddie Griffin.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

May 11, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A feeble dramedy about a Baltimore beauty shop where someone should come in to sweep up the clichés.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0/4

May 11, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Given that Brown wrote the significantly superior Barbershop, he should know that when you make a socially conscious comedy, you've got to weave in plenty of wit alongside the wisdom.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

May 11, 2007
Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
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This movie abruptly becomes a too-convenient black history lesson, complete with a truly egregious deus ex machina. The Salon is a cut below.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 11, 2007
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Like a perm that won't grow away, it's stuck in the race-comedy mold of Barbershop, Barbershop 2 and Beauty Shop. Been there, done that hair.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 11, 2007
Kam Williams
Black Star News

Bottoms-out with this bit of dialogue: 'If you're going to be a ho, be an ambitious ho. Work uptown.' What unfortunate timing, given the whole Don Imus controversy. Life's simply too short for slur-ploitation with such lamentably low standards.

Full Review Source: Black Star News | Original Score: 0/4

May 11, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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This is one of those films where everything simply feels wrong, from the clunky dialogue to the obvious staging.

Full Review Source: Detroit News

May 11, 2007
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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The movie is a little windy and over-the-top, and the gossipy references to J-Lo and Anna Nicole Smith are woefully outdated.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 11, 2007
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