The Salon Reviews

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Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
January 1, 2010
Gosh, what a terrible movie. Stereotypes galore, and the humor falls flat. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
November 1, 2007
Like a third-rate Beauty Shop. Skip it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
August 19, 2007
Vivica A. Fox proves to be a warm and appealing anchor for sometimes sitcom-level silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 6, 2007
I've seen porn with better dialogue and SNL sketches with less amateur production values.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
July 26, 2007
Not funny enough, romantic enough, or serious enough to succeed as a comedy, romance or urban issues drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 64/100
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
July 10, 2007
The movie includes a few good one-liners, but that's really all it is -- a forum for putdowns and sassy dialogues.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 18, 2007
The movie was shot more than three years before its release, and it shows, as when the salon's resident golddigger says: "Anna Nicole Smith -- I aspire to be just like her."
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
May 15, 2007
At least Norbit tried to come up with fresh new awfulness instead of idling in these familiar old ruts.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
May 14, 2007
Talks its way to a tedious, predictable conclusion that offers more yawns than laughs.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 11, 2007
The film's feisty cast and generally sunny outlook make for warm and reassuring comfort viewing, the equivalent of a straight-from-the-box dish of mac and cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
May 11, 2007
After scripting both Barbershops, writer-director Mark Brown appears to have exhausted his ability to create new and interesting characters to inhabit The Salon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 11, 2007
Despite all the stock characters and scenarios, Fox and company manage to bring things to life. And cut some hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 11, 2007
The best scenes in Barbershop featured incisive discussions of current events. Here, the closest brush with topicality is a reference to Eddie Griffin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 11, 2007
A feeble dramedy about a Baltimore beauty shop where someone should come in to sweep up the clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 11, 2007
Given that Brown wrote the significantly superior Barbershop, he should know that when you make a socially conscious comedy, you've got to weave in plenty of wit alongside the wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
May 11, 2007
This movie abruptly becomes a too-convenient black history lesson, complete with a truly egregious deus ex machina. The Salon is a cut below.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 11, 2007
Like a perm that won't grow away, it's stuck in the race-comedy mold of Barbershop, Barbershop 2 and Beauty Shop. Been there, done that hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kam Williams
Black Star News
May 11, 2007
Bottoms-out with this bit of dialogue: 'If you're going to be a ho, be an ambitious ho. Work uptown.' What unfortunate timing, given the whole Don Imus controversy. Life's simply too short for slur-ploitation with such lamentably low standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
May 11, 2007
This is one of those films where everything simply feels wrong, from the clunky dialogue to the obvious staging.
Top Critic
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 11, 2007
The movie is a little windy and over-the-top, and the gossipy references to J-Lo and Anna Nicole Smith are woefully outdated.
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