• PG-13, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Bille Woodruff
    In Theaters:
    Mar 30, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 23, 2005
  • MGM/UA


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Beauty Shop Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

So-so movie with great cast pushes PG-13 limits.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

September 30, 2010
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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As in the other two movies, the plot is a thin cardboard box carrying an assortment of observational doughnuts.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 12, 2010
Cole Smithey

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."

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

June 19, 2009
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

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.

Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Original Score: 1/4

June 20, 2007
David Noh
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
David Cornelius

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

August 20, 2005
Michael Dequina

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

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2005
Matthew Turner

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.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

April 23, 2005

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

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 19, 2005
Joe Utichi

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.

Full Review Source: FilmFocus | Original Score: 40/100

April 18, 2005
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Has the stink of a bad perm all over it.

| Original Score: C-

April 15, 2005
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum

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

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3/4

April 14, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

April 13, 2005
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

April 7, 2005
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 6, 2005
Eric D. Snider

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.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: D+

April 4, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I thought this was too much like the pilot for a sitcom.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 4, 2005
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

April 4, 2005
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

As a crackling cultural feminine empowerment piece, Beauty Shop is about as well-rounded as an unshaped Afro hairdo

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2/4

April 4, 2005
Jackie K. Cooper

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10

April 4, 2005
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