Barbershop Reviews

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
March 23, 2011
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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
March 23, 2010
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.
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David Germain
Associated Press
March 18, 2008
Barbershop is a cozy place to hang out for a while, even if you don't need a little off the sides.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 23, 2002
The movie's heart is in the right place, which generates enough warmth to make one root for it.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 17, 2002
| Original Score: B
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 16, 2002
A flat-out hilarious ensemble comedy that probably made me laugh out loud more than any other movie this year.
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
September 13, 2002
It's a likable venture that just misses being a lovable one.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 13, 2002
It's funny as hell.
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
September 13, 2002
As a slapstick adventure, Barbershop is unfunny and unoriginal. But as a character-driven drama, Barbershop works well, with its quirky, sweet characters and authentic dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 13, 2002
Very funny, and remarkably mature, retro-1970s ensemble comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 13, 2002
A sloppy but likable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 13, 2002
Amid the new populist comedies that underscore the importance of family tradition and familial community, one would be hard-pressed to find a movie with a bigger, fatter heart than Barbershop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
September 13, 2002
By far the most mature film to come down the pike in which the name 'Cube' appears more than once in the credits.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
September 13, 2002
Entertains by providing good, lively company.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 13, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 13, 2002
A broad, very funny, unexpectedly graceful comedy of character and community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 13, 2002
Combines big laughs, a big heart and thoroughly winning characters.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
September 13, 2002
The characters are engaging and the story has a bustling richness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 13, 2002
If nothing significant gets settled in the rambling barbershop conversations, at least many issues are aired, and by the end, in classic sitcom fashion, all problems have been solved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
September 13, 2002
What makes Barbershop so likable, with all its flaws, is that it has none of the pushiness and decibel volume of most contemporary comedies.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 13, 2002
Frank Capra meets Friday
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 12, 2002
The movie's quiet affirmation of neighborhood values gives it an honest, lived-in glow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 12, 2002
Uneven at times, Barbershop wins you over through random moments of vitality and joy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 12, 2002
Ice Cube is sympathetic as the star, and Cedric the Entertainer tends to steal the show.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2002
As warm as it is wise, deftly setting off uproarious humor with an underlying seriousness that sneaks up on the viewer, providing an experience that is richer than anticipated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 12, 2002
A stage-y but likable ensemble piece.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 12, 2002
Ice Cube, as usual, is an appealing presence, but the rest of the cast shines as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
September 12, 2002
Despite the fact that you can see every plot twist a mile off, director Tim Story keeps the script by Mark Brown, Don D. Scott and Marshall Todd rollicking with a jazzy spontaneity.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
September 12, 2002
One of the most refreshing things about this movie is the way it gives free reign to the sort of freewheeling debate that actually rages in some barbershops over what are accepted orthodoxies right outside the door.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 12, 2002
An entertaining, surprisingly well-written and often rowdily amusing picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 11, 2002
Reassuring, retro uplifter.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ed Park
Village Voice
September 10, 2002
The premise of Barbershop ... is as hackneyed as they come, but the overall mood is less cynical than affectionate.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 6, 2002
Final verdict: You've seen it all before.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 12, 2002
Although occasionally static to the point of resembling a stage play, the film delivers a solid mixture of sweetness and laughs.