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Barbershop Reviews

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September 30, 2010
Charming urban comedy for teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 23, 2010
Some of the verbal jousts are hot, and a Laurel and Hardy routine involving a stolen ATM is fitfully hilarious, but this reminds me of a pilot for a cable sitcom.
April 29, 2009
A smart, clever, and well-written piece of filmmaking...
December 28, 2008
A funny, warm, immensely likable, and all-ages-appealing film centering around the importance of heritage and family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2008
The problem with Barbershop is that it tries too hard to be too many things.
March 18, 2008
Barbershop is a cozy place to hang out for a while, even if you don't need a little off the sides.
December 27, 2007
Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube ably provides the emotional core in this story of a neighborhood barbershop and its assortment of colorful inhabitants, which is a cut above standard hip-hop cinematic fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Perhaps because it promotes traditional values - respect women, crime doesn't pay, family comes first - the film shines in those rare scenes when it plays with received wisdom.
February 13, 2004
...has the makings of a long-running franchise, but one that just doesn't cut it as a crossover hit.
February 8, 2004
[Ice] Cube proves that he can be incredibly charismatic performer when he's not glowering at people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 13, 2003
Beneath the jokes is a story about community - what it means to belong to a community and one's responsibility to that community.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2003
One of the best entrants in the fast-growing urban comedy genre.
Read More | Original Score: 75/100
May 20, 2003
Clip off a little rehashed material here, trim a few unneeded characters there, and what you have left is sheer entertainment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
April 23, 2003
The script really should have been given a trim, as it tries to cram in so many characters that few are given the time and space to develop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 25, 2003
The comedy is less than razor sharp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 22, 2003
Beneath the profane banter, light-hearted intrigue and generous helping of larger-than-life characters, Barbershop makes a heartfelt case for African-Americans owning businesses in their own communities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 18, 2003
In the age of photo messaging and web chats, Barbershop is a warm-hearted reminder that there's nothing like conversation between real people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 8, 2003
Barbershop is for the most part a funny, thought-provoking, and well-performed film that deserves to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 6, 2003
There's a gentle buzz to this comedy about a family-owned barbershop in innercity Chicago; the filmmakers mercifully avoid the more extreme ends of annoying slapstick, although they get dangerously close a few times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 10, 2003
This is what can happen when black actors and black filmmakers are permitted by a narrow industry to assemble a story of their own, a depiction of their own community.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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