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Barbershop Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 30, 2010
Charming urban comedy for teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A smart, clever, and well-written piece of filmmaking...
Michael Dequina
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
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David Germain
Associated Press
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.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
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
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Time Out
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
October 25, 2003
One of the best entrants in the fast-growing urban comedy genre.
| Original Score: 75/100
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
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
Neil Smith
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
Laura Bushell
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
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
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
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
December 27, 2002
Feels a little like Spike Lee lite - "Joe's Bed Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads" minus the street realism, or Do the Right Thing without the conflagrations.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
December 22, 2002
Cedric the Entertainer damn near steals the show, with an award-caliber comic performance that's delightful in both the quality and timing of his biting satirical words.
| Original Score: 3.5 / 5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 18, 2002
...a charmer of a comedy, rich in the traditions of American camaraderie.
| Original Score: 7/10
Dragan Antulov
December 16, 2002
A great opportunity for various people to display their comic talents, especially Cedric the Entertainer in a great role of barbershop's sage...
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Michael Dequina
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Much like how its employees and patrons don't want to see the barbershop close, once one has become acquainted with these people and this place, one may not want Barbershop to end.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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