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Barbershop (2002)

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82

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 124
Fresh: 102 | Rotten: 22

Besides bringing on the laughs, Barbershop displays a big heart and demonstrates the value of community.

91

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 3

Besides bringing on the laughs, Barbershop displays a big heart and demonstrates the value of community.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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Movie Info

Calvin (Ice Cube) never wanted to take over the family business, a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. Disgusted with the shop's crime-ridden neighborhood, and caught up in his moneymaking schemes, one morning Calvin decides to sell the shop to the shady Lester (Keith David). Chastised by his pregnant wife, Jennifer (Jazsmin Lewis), for his rash decision, Calvin spends the day cutting heads at the shop, and starts to understand the importance of the legacy his grandfather and father have

PG-13,

Comedy

Mark Brown, Don D. Scott

Jan 1, 2003

$75.1M

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Some of the verbal jousts are hot, and a Laurel and Hardy routine involving a stolen ATM is fitfully hilarious, but this reminds me of a pilot for a cable sitcom.

March 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Barbershop is a cozy place to hang out for a while, even if you don't need a little off the sides.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Perhaps because it promotes traditional values - respect women, crime doesn't pay, family comes first - the film shines in those rare scenes when it plays with received wisdom.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie's heart is in the right place, which generates enough warmth to make one root for it.

October 23, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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A flat-out hilarious ensemble comedy that probably made me laugh out loud more than any other movie this year.

September 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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It's a likable venture that just misses being a lovable one.

September 13, 2002
Washington Post
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Charming urban comedy for teens.

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

A smart, clever, and well-written piece of filmmaking...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A funny, warm, immensely likable, and all-ages-appealing film centering around the importance of heritage and family.

December 28, 2008 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The problem with Barbershop is that it tries too hard to be too many things.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube ably provides the emotional core in this story of a neighborhood barbershop and its assortment of colorful inhabitants, which is a cut above standard hip-hop cinematic fare.

December 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

...has the makings of a long-running franchise, but one that just doesn't cut it as a crossover hit.

February 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

[Ice] Cube proves that he can be incredibly charismatic performer when he's not glowering at people.

February 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Beneath the jokes is a story about community - what it means to belong to a community and one's responsibility to that community.

November 13, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

One of the best entrants in the fast-growing urban comedy genre.

October 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Clip off a little rehashed material here, trim a few unneeded characters there, and what you have left is sheer entertainment.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

The script really should have been given a trim, as it tries to cram in so many characters that few are given the time and space to develop.

April 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The comedy is less than razor sharp.

March 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Beneath the profane banter, light-hearted intrigue and generous helping of larger-than-life characters, Barbershop makes a heartfelt case for African-Americans owning businesses in their own communities.

March 22, 2003 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

In the age of photo messaging and web chats, Barbershop is a warm-hearted reminder that there's nothing like conversation between real people.

February 18, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Barbershop is for the most part a funny, thought-provoking, and well-performed film that deserves to be seen.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

There's a gentle buzz to this comedy about a family-owned barbershop in innercity Chicago; the filmmakers mercifully avoid the more extreme ends of annoying slapstick, although they get dangerously close a few times.

February 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

This is what can happen when black actors and black filmmakers are permitted by a narrow industry to assemble a story of their own, a depiction of their own community.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
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Audience Reviews for Barbershop

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Good Popcorn Movie! I thought Cedric the Entertainer did a great job, not only with comic lines but also in a couple of dramatic scenes. Of course some of what he said was offensive, but it was probably realistic. I say 'probably' since I'm white and don't really know the culture. Well, I wouldn't recommend it for kids or my mother-in-law, as the language is earthy (but real). But aside from this, it's an excellent film--whether you are black, white or green! Good acting, great characters and exceptional writing make this a good bet.

A day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. Calvin, who inherited the struggling business from his deceased father, views the shop as nothing but a burden and waste of his time. After selling the shop to a local loan shark, Calvin slowly begins to see his father's vision and legacy and struggles with the notion that he just sold it out. The barbershop is filled with characters who share their stories, jokes, trials and tribulations. In the shop we find Eddie, an old barber with strong opinions and no customers. Jimmy is a highly educated barber with a superiority complex who can't stand Isaac, the new, white barber who just wants a shot at cutting some hair. Ricky is an ex-con with two strikes against him and is desperately trying to stay straight. Terri is a hard-edged woman who can't seem to leave her two-timing boyfriend. And lastly there's Dinka, a fellow barber who is madly in love with Terri but doesn't get the time of day.
July 8, 2014
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Manu Gino

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Tim Story's Barbershop is more than just a haircut. The film is a comedic, dramatic and heart-felt experience. The cast (lead by Ice Cube) were pristine in regards to humor and a tight community feel. 4.5/5
July 24, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Pretty good joint, but was it good enough for a sequel and a spinoff? Don't curr just cut my hurr. My barber's Vietnamese so I would have liked to have seen some Asians in the shop. Cedric carried this, great performance by him.
February 26, 2010
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