• PG-13, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tim Story
    In Theaters:
    Sep 13, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 1, 2003
  • MGM/UA


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Barbershop Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Charming urban comedy for teens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

September 30, 2010
Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 23, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Michael Dequina

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

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

December 28, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
David Germain
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

March 18, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

December 27, 2007

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

February 13, 2004
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 8, 2004
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

November 13, 2003
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

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

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 75/100

October 25, 2003
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly

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

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2003
Nick De Semlyen
Empire Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

April 23, 2003
Peter Bradshaw

The comedy is less than razor sharp.

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

March 25, 2003
Neil Smith

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.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

March 22, 2003
Laura Bushell

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

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

February 18, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

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

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

February 6, 2003
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B

January 10, 2003
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