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Barbershop 2 - Back in Business (2004)

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68

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 84 | Rotten: 39

The humor is less sharp and more warm-hearted this time around, and the characters are enjoyable to revisit.

68

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 12

The humor is less sharp and more warm-hearted this time around, and the characters are enjoyable to revisit.

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Kevin Rodney Sullivan steps in to direct the urban comedy sequel Barbershop 2: Back in Business. The whole gang -- Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), Jimmy James (Sean Patrick Thomas), Terri (Eve), Isaac (Troy Garity), Ricky (Michael Ealy), and Dinka (Leonard Earl Howze) -- are still there in the same old barbershop in the south side of Chicago. Owner Calvin Palmer (Ice Cube) tries to keep his family business alive in order to pass it on to his own son one day. However, the beloved neighborhood

PG-13,

Comedy

Don D. Scott

Jun 29, 2004

$65.0M

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All Critics (126) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (39) | DVD (23)

Provides enough solid, character-based amusement to put customers in the chairs and send them out content with services rendered.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Inane banter soon takes over and is not helped by an unlikely, flashback-heavy subplot about Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) and a lost love.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This sequel is overstaffed with a cast that's underserved by Don D. Scott's schematic script and Kevin Rodney Sullivan's crude direction.

February 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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[A]s funny as the original.

February 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Like going out for a bad meal with a group of people you love being with. You're happy to be in their company; you just wish you didn't leave feeling hungry.

February 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Heartstrings will be tugged and ribs tickled, particularly thanks to Cedric the Entertainer.

February 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Great message delivered in an edgy hip-hop movie.

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

Manages to throw away everything that made the first film so good.

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

It's the kind of set-piece ensemble that has proven immensely successful as a sitcom formula but tends to struggle to meet the demands of a movie.

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

Schoolyard jokes about religious faiths, genetic traits, and sexuality which only work if you enjoy laughing at people because they are darker-skinned, or curlier-haired, or perverted, or have emigrated from another continent.

April 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

It ain't high art, but it is a fun flick.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Barbershop 2 is a weak, too rarely humorous, too long bore.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

The banter is tighter and funnier, and Calvin's musings on the importance of community seem more heartfelt.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

This smart, feisty comedy is still ghetto-fabulous enough to make you laugh until your short, back and sides ache.

April 20, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

A direct hit on Jesse Jackson.

April 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

Both films are flawed and unfocused. Both have thin plots that must rely on even thinner back-stories to flesh out a feature length film.

April 7, 2004 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The gist of this film can be summed in one short phrase: 'Sorry. My bad.'

March 24, 2004 Full Review
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

Barbershop 2 achieves what most sequels can only wish for: it's actually much better than the original film.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com
FilmJerk.com

This likable, lackadaisical comedy proves more focused than the first film yet lacks much of its comic bite.

February 24, 2004
Creative Loafing

They need to find the edgy magic that they had with the first blockbuster.

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Tries hard, but the routine feels a little too familiar. It's like getting a trim when what you really need is a new style.

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Yet another sleeper hit becomes a cynical franchise. I guess 'Nappy-Cutz' wins after all.

February 21, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Barbershop 2 works best when its characters are being funny and fighting with each other or lambasting pop-culture blemishes ...

February 21, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The seriousness with which Barbershop II treats its political conscience offers an unexpected weight to what's essentially a big screen sitcom.

February 16, 2004 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Barbershop 2 - Back in Business

It may not be as hearty as the first but the film is still good regardless. Barbershop 2: Back in Business brings even more humor and melodrama to keep audiences entertained and happy about their experience. 4/5
July 24, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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Not nearly as good as the first one.
February 21, 2009
Godless

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A sequel as good as the first. The Barbershop movies are instant classics - and the second installment is just as fast and funny as the first - throwing in Queen Latifah with added good measure. ENJOY!
December 13, 2006
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