The Salon Reviews

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January 1, 2010
Gosh, what a terrible movie. Stereotypes galore, and the humor falls flat. Paul Chambers, CNN.
November 1, 2007
Like a third-rate Beauty Shop. Skip it.
August 19, 2007
Vivica A. Fox proves to be a warm and appealing anchor for sometimes sitcom-level silliness.
August 6, 2007
I've seen porn with better dialogue and SNL sketches with less amateur production values.
July 26, 2007
Not funny enough, romantic enough, or serious enough to succeed as a comedy, romance or urban issues drama.
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.
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."
May 15, 2007
At least Norbit tried to come up with fresh new awfulness instead of idling in these familiar old ruts.
May 14, 2007
Talks its way to a tedious, predictable conclusion that offers more yawns than laughs.
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.
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.
May 11, 2007
A feeble dramedy about a Baltimore beauty shop where someone should come in to sweep up the clichs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 11, 2007
This is one of those films where everything simply feels wrong, from the clunky dialogue to the obvious staging.
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.
May 11, 2007
Everything about it is whompingly (whoopingly?) obvious, from the hit-you-over-the-head narration to the tidy ending.
May 11, 2007
The Salon had any genuine sass clipped out of it to fit a PG-13 rating.
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