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The Salon Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: D-
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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
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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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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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Paige Wiser
Chicago Sun-Times
May 11, 2007
Everything about it is whompingly (whoopingly?) obvious, from the hit-you-over-the-head narration to the tidy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 11, 2007
The Salon had any genuine sass clipped out of it to fit a PG-13 rating.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Cherie Dennis
Time Out
May 10, 2007
The unremitting jokes and insults between blacks and whites, gays and straights, might make the hair on your head (and arms) press and curl from all of the crass and overdone sass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Julia Wallace
L.A. Weekly
May 10, 2007
Writer-director Mark Brown, he of the Barbershop franchise, has an inexplicable fondness for close-ups that cut off the tops of the actors' heads -- unfortunate in a movie about hair.
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
May 10, 2007
The main problem with the movie is the by now shopworn nature of its setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 10, 2007
The comic equivalent of microwaved leftover food -- and pretty stale at that.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 10, 2007
Good-natured but curiously flat, a bottle of root beer that's lost its fizz.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
May 8, 2007
This girl-talk comedy is a cut below its predecessors.
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
May 8, 2007
Writer-director Mark Brown, he of the Barbershop franchise, also has an inexplicable fondness for close-ups that cut off the tops of the actors' heads -- unfortunate in a movie about hair.