The Salon Reviews

May 15, 2007
At least Norbit tried to come up with fresh new awfulness instead of idling in these familiar old ruts.
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
Despite all the stock characters and scenarios, Fox and company manage to bring things to life. And cut some hair.
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
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The movie is a little windy and over-the-top, and the gossipy references to J-Lo and Anna Nicole Smith are woefully outdated.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.
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.
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.
May 10, 2007
The main problem with the movie is the by now shopworn nature of its setting.
May 10, 2007
The comic equivalent of microwaved leftover food -- and pretty stale at that.
May 10, 2007
Good-natured but curiously flat, a bottle of root beer that's lost its fizz.
May 8, 2007
This girl-talk comedy is a cut below its predecessors.
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.