• 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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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
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
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

Rare indeed, for women to talk back and take over the screen, and these sisters aren't putting up with any of it, from bourgie sellouts and the white girl thing, to decking a local pimp. Way to go, babee!

Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio

May 10, 2007
Julia Wallace
Village Voice
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Writer-director Mark Brown, he of the Barbershop franchise, also has an inexplicable fondness for close-ups that cut off the tops of the actors' heads -- unfortunate in a movie about hair.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 8, 2007
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
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
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
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