• 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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Nick Schager
Matinee Magazine

It may be an easy swipe to take, but this Barbershop just doesn't make the cut.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: C

September 15, 2002
Frank Ochieng

Although Barbershop boasts some of today's hottest and hippest acts from the world of television, music and stand-up comedy, this movie strangely enough has the outdated swagger of a shameless '70s blaxploitation shuck-and-jive sitcom.

Full Review Source: TheWorldJournal.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 17, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Ice Cube holds the film together with an engaging and warm performance...

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

December 9, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Final verdict: You've seen it all before.

| Original Score: 0/4

September 6, 2002

This was a close shave, but it just didn't cut it for me.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 13, 2002
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
Jim Judy
Screen It!

Features contrived, forced and far too obvious material in both its comedic and dramatically poignant moments.

Full Review Source: Screen It! | Original Score: 4/10

September 13, 2002
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

An unfortunate waste of a promising ensemble.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 21, 2002
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

The film didn't convince me that Calvin Jr.'s Barbershop represents some sort of beacon of hope in the middle of Chicago's South Side.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: C-

September 12, 2002
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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Barbershop is ennobled by its simplicity but it offers nothing daring or refreshing on the topic of race or civic relations.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 31, 2002
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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
Luke Y. Thompson
Dallas Observer

[I]t's certainly laudable that the movie deals with hot-button issues in a comedic context, but Barbershop isn't as funny as it should be.

Full Review Source: Dallas Observer

September 12, 2002
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

Focuses too much on the tried and tired plot developments for the characters to completely grow on us.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 30, 2002
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

I didn't laugh. I didn't smile. I survived.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

September 10, 2002
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Well paced, but rarely charged.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 26, 2002
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

It is wretched for so many reasons: the manifestation of myriad stereotypes, a dumb story suited for an old-school blaxploitation film, cheesy production design, too much ad-libbing, and a lot of just plain bad acting.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 1, 2002
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Attempts by this ensemble film to impart a message are so heavy-handed that they instead pummel the audience.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

September 13, 2002
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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This feature debut from Tim Story would have been much better had it proceeded on a much smaller scale, with fewer barbers and more time to develop the relationships between them.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 13, 2002
Peter Bradshaw

The comedy is less than razor sharp.

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

March 25, 2003
Ronnie Scheib
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