The Salon Reviews

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Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
January 1, 2010
Gosh, what a terrible movie. Stereotypes galore, and the humor falls flat. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Kam Williams
Black Star News
May 11, 2007
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 | Original Score: 0/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 11, 2007
A feeble dramedy about a Baltimore beauty shop where someone should come in to sweep up the clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
November 1, 2007
Like a third-rate Beauty Shop. Skip it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
July 10, 2007
The movie includes a few good one-liners, but that's really all it is -- a forum for putdowns and sassy dialogues.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Cherie Dennis
Time Out
May 10, 2007
The unremitting jokes and insults between blacks and whites, gays and straights, might make the hair on your head (and arms) press and curl from all of the crass and overdone sass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Julia Wallace
L.A. Weekly
May 10, 2007
Writer-director Mark Brown, he of the Barbershop franchise, has an inexplicable fondness for close-ups that cut off the tops of the actors' heads -- unfortunate in a movie about hair.
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Paige Wiser
Chicago Sun-Times
May 11, 2007
Everything about it is whompingly (whoopingly?) obvious, from the hit-you-over-the-head narration to the tidy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 10, 2007
Good-natured but curiously flat, a bottle of root beer that's lost its fizz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 10, 2007
The comic equivalent of microwaved leftover food -- and pretty stale at that.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 11, 2007
The Salon had any genuine sass clipped out of it to fit a PG-13 rating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 11, 2007
This is one of those films where everything simply feels wrong, from the clunky dialogue to the obvious staging.
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Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
May 11, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 11, 2007
The movie is a little windy and over-the-top, and the gossipy references to J-Lo and Anna Nicole Smith are woefully outdated.
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
May 8, 2007
Mark Brown is in real danger of running out of ideas. Fortunately for him, the comedy depths of setting a movie at the Pampered Poodle or Kuts 4 Kids have yet to be plumbed. I can hardly wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 11, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
May 14, 2007
Talks its way to a tedious, predictable conclusion that offers more yawns than laughs.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 18, 2007
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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 6, 2007
I've seen porn with better dialogue and SNL sketches with less amateur production values.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
May 10, 2007
The main problem with the movie is the by now shopworn nature of its setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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