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Barbershop Reviews

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Nick Schager
Matinee Magazine
September 15, 2002
It may be an easy swipe to take, but this Barbershop just doesn't make the cut.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Ochieng
September 17, 2002
Although Barbershop boasts some of today's hottest and hippest acts from the world of television, music and stand-up comedy, this movie strangely enough has the outdated swagger of a shameless '70s blaxploitation shuck-and-jive sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 9, 2002
Ice Cube holds the film together with an engaging and warm performance...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 6, 2002
Final verdict: You've seen it all before.
| Original Score: 0/4
September 13, 2002
This was a close shave, but it just didn't cut it for me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 13, 2004
...has the makings of a long-running franchise, but one that just doesn't cut it as a crossover hit.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
September 13, 2002
Features contrived, forced and far too obvious material in both its comedic and dramatically poignant moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
September 21, 2002
An unfortunate waste of a promising ensemble.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
September 12, 2002
The film didn't convince me that Calvin Jr.'s Barbershop represents some sort of beacon of hope in the middle of Chicago's South Side.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nick De Semlyen
Empire Magazine
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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 31, 2002
Barbershop is ennobled by its simplicity but it offers nothing daring or refreshing on the topic of race or civic relations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
The problem with Barbershop is that it tries too hard to be too many things.
Luke Y. Thompson
Dallas Observer
September 12, 2002
[I]t's certainly laudable that the movie deals with hot-button issues in a comedic context, but Barbershop isn't as funny as it should be.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
December 30, 2002
Focuses too much on the tried and tired plot developments for the characters to completely grow on us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
September 10, 2002
I didn't laugh. I didn't smile. I survived.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
July 26, 2002
Well paced, but rarely charged.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
September 1, 2002
It is wretched for so many reasons: the manifestation of myriad stereotypes, a dumb story suited for an old-school blaxploitation film, cheesy production design, too much ad-libbing, and a lot of just plain bad acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 13, 2002
Attempts by this ensemble film to impart a message are so heavy-handed that they instead pummel the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 13, 2002
This feature debut from Tim Story would have been much better had it proceeded on a much smaller scale, with fewer barbers and more time to develop the relationships between them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Bradshaw
March 25, 2003
The comedy is less than razor sharp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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