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Beauty Shop (2005)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 72

Despite a strong performance by Queen Latifah, Beauty Shop is in need of some style pointers.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 16

Despite a strong performance by Queen Latifah, Beauty Shop is in need of some style pointers.



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While the men of Barbershop and Barbershop 2 have plenty to mouth off about, they may have met their match in the female staff and clientele of a nearby beauty shop. Directed by Bille Woodruff, Beauty Shop revolves around these women led by Gina (Queen Latifah), who opened Beauty Shop to give all the females in the community, from a conservative Southern socialite (Andie MacDowell) to a poetry-reciting stylist, a place to talk about life, love, and the issues of the day, all while getting their



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Aug 23, 2005


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As in the other two movies, the plot is a thin cardboard box carrying an assortment of observational doughnuts.

April 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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I thought this was too much like the pilot for a sitcom.

April 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Its lackluster efforts to be raunchily topical about issues of race, class and sexuality leave its talented cast stranded without a paddle.

March 31, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Feel-good entertainment that is no less enjoyable for being somewhat predictable.

March 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's a bouncy, funny picture that I enjoyed -- one that mostly eludes the perils of sequelitis and spinoff-itis, a lusty comedy about the importance of looking good and getting the right scissors in the right hands.

March 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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So-so movie with great cast pushes PG-13 limits.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Take one part "Barbershop," one part Queen Latifah, sprinkle in a tablespoon of 'you-go-girl' and stir to get the confection of "Beauty Shop."

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source:

This bottom-feeder's sophomoric, locker room approach to black-white, gay-straight, and male-female issues cannot be undone by a saccharine storybook ending.

June 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

Bille Woodruff directs the comedy with a warm generosity of spirit, which gives all the actors in a delightful ensemble cast their chance to shine.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's meant to be a gender switch on its predecessor, but it's actually just a pale comparison.

August 20, 2005 Full Review Source:

Diverting but overly episodic... never quite hangs together as a feature.

July 11, 2005 Full Review Source:

Queen Latifah proved that she could be watchable in awful movies when she made Taxi, although Beauty Shop never gets close to that particular level of badness.

April 23, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Latifah carries the weight of this film and does an impressive job given a script that's crying out for a total restyle.

April 19, 2005 Full Review Source:

This is one film that should have been abandoned at the "I'm thinking about writing a new screenplay" phase because it ultimately does no good whatsoever.

April 18, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Has the stink of a bad perm all over it.

April 15, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

A very funny story that will make you laugh. Enjoy this new comedy from MGM.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Latifah does her best to keep it real, and that's the sad part. What she and her girlfriends do to the English language is pretty darn ugly.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

a nice enough story, just not funny or memorable enough to make it into a winner.

April 7, 2005 Full Review

Passable entertainment of the lightweight kind, providing several nice comic characters and scenes along the way.

April 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This is the very picture of bland, uncreative filmmaking, and the fact that it was made by African-Americans is just a further example of the tragedy of black-on-black crime.

April 4, 2005 Full Review Source:

This hormonally hyper-charged emporium for dirty talk lacks sparkle and subtlety.

April 4, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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As a crackling cultural feminine empowerment piece, Beauty Shop is about as well-rounded as an unshaped Afro hairdo

April 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Latifah is fun but the plot is a 'Barbershop' retread.

April 4, 2005 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Beauty Shop

This movie was funny and really entertaining. I'm really liking Queen Latifah. Her attitude is just awesome.
May 16, 2011
Dead Angel

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OK, so what's the plot? A hair stylist (Queen Latifah) walks out on her boss (Kevin Bacon). Boss doesn't think she'll make it. She makes it while stealing all of his customers in a comedic process. Meets hot guy (Dimon Hounsou). Boss tries to get revenge.

Yes, you have seen this movie before.

It has a few funny moments, some of them not intentional, but Beauty Shop really is your standard, predictable, recycled film. File this one under "Been there, done that".
March 30, 2011

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July 31, 2010

Super Reviewer

WEAK! WEAK! WEAK! Come on, you call this a good movie, it's total rip-off of the exactly same movie, barber shop!
February 6, 2010
KJ Proulx

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