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Barbershop 2: Back in Business Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 30, 2010
Great message delivered in an edgy hip-hop movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Manages to throw away everything that made the first film so good.
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
March 27, 2009
Provides enough solid, character-based amusement to put customers in the chairs and send them out content with services rendered.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
It's the kind of set-piece ensemble that has proven immensely successful as a sitcom formula but tends to struggle to meet the demands of a movie.
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
April 25, 2007
Schoolyard jokes about religious faiths, genetic traits, and sexuality which only work if you enjoy laughing at people because they are darker-skinned, or curlier-haired, or perverted, or have emigrated from another continent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Anna Smith
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Inane banter soon takes over and is not helped by an unlikely, flashback-heavy subplot about Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) and a lost love.
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
December 6, 2005
It ain't high art, but it is a fun flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
Barbershop 2 is a weak, too rarely humorous, too long bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Nick De Semlyen
Empire Magazine
May 14, 2004
The banter is tighter and funnier, and Calvin's musings on the importance of community seem more heartfelt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Russell
April 20, 2004
This smart, feisty comedy is still ghetto-fabulous enough to make you laugh until your short, back and sides ache.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
April 17, 2004
A direct hit on Jesse Jackson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
April 7, 2004
Both films are flawed and unfocused. Both have thin plots that must rely on even thinner back-stories to flesh out a feature length film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Drakulich
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
March 24, 2004
The gist of this film can be summed in one short phrase: 'Sorry. My bad.'
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Brian Orndorf
March 16, 2004
Barbershop 2 achieves what most sequels can only wish for: it's actually much better than the original film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 24, 2004
This likable, lackadaisical comedy proves more focused than the first film yet lacks much of its comic bite.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Szymanski
February 24, 2004
They need to find the edgy magic that they had with the first blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Borgeson
Premiere Magazine
February 24, 2004
Tries hard, but the routine feels a little too familiar. It's like getting a trim when what you really need is a new style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
February 21, 2004
Yet another sleeper hit becomes a cynical franchise. I guess 'Nappy-Cutz' wins after all.
Greg Muskewitz
February 21, 2004
Barbershop 2 works best when its characters are being funny and fighting with each other or lambasting pop-culture blemishes ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
February 16, 2004
The seriousness with which Barbershop II treats its political conscience offers an unexpected weight to what's essentially a big screen sitcom.
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