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Barbershop 2 - Back in Business (2004)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 73,112




Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for language, sexual material and brief drug references)
Directed By:
Written By:
Don D. Scott
In Theaters:
Jun 29, 2004
Box Office:


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Critic Reviews for Barbershop 2 - Back in Business

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.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Top Critic

Inane banter soon takes over and is not helped by an unlikely, flashback-heavy subplot about Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) and a lost love.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This sequel is overstaffed with a cast that's underserved by Don D. Scott's schematic script and Kevin Rodney Sullivan's crude direction.

Full Review… | February 14, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

[A]s funny as the original.

Full Review… | February 13, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 7, 2004
Top Critic

Heartstrings will be tugged and ribs tickled, particularly thanks to Cedric the Entertainer.

Full Review… | February 6, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Great message delivered in an edgy hip-hop movie.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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.

Full Review… | April 25, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

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

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

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

Full Review… | October 7, 2004

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

Full Review… | May 14, 2004
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | April 20, 2004

A direct hit on Jesse Jackson.

Full Review… | April 17, 2004
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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2004
IGN Movies

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

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

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

Full Review… | March 16, 2004

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.

Full Review… | February 24, 2004

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.

Full Review… | February 24, 2004
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 ...

Full Review… | February 21, 2004

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

Full Review… | February 16, 2004

Audience Reviews for Barbershop 2 - Back in Business


Not as good as the others but this is far better.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Not nearly as good as the first one.

James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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!

Khris N

Super Reviewer

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