Barbershop 2: Back in Business - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Barbershop 2: Back in Business Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
April 17, 2004
A direct hit on Jesse Jackson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 6, 2004
The first film arrived with freshness and an unexpected zing, but this one seems too content to follow in its footsteps.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 6, 2004
Too often we're locked out of the barbershop and stuck in a bad movie, our faces pressed up desperately against the window.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Eric D. Snider
February 10, 2004
You get the feeling the screenwriter is scraping around inside a mine that wasn't meant to be visited more than once.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Manages to throw away everything that made the first film so good.
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
February 5, 2004
There is never a single moment where it manages to justify its existence as anything other than a soulless cash-in enterprise.
Rob Blackwelder
February 5, 2004
The pointed, no-taboos banter that was the soul of Barbershop gets the short shrift in this entertaining but too-cursory sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 7, 2004
[Fumbles] around with what had been a winning cast of characters, reducing their living, breathing relationships to a series of exchanges of cheap insults.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 5, 2004
This time around, the razors are a little duller, the clicks not as slick, the patter not as snappy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 5, 2004
The concept has eroded from pleasant surprise to charmless franchise, which is ironic, considering that the plot of the second film involves competition from cookie-cutter corporate invaders.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 5, 2004
A movie featuring Ice Cube bellowing 'No more profanity!' and meaning it should produce a lot more laughs than this intermittently amusing sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 6, 2004
There's no question Eddie was the chief asset of the first film, and sequels are required by law to exploit the original's strengths. But the filmmakers have misread Eddie's appeal.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 6, 2004
A dutiful mood -- call it sequelitis -- has descended on the place.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
February 6, 2004
As fragmented and heavy-handed as the first installment was smart, funny and, yes, at times unexpectedly sweet.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 14, 2004
This sequel is overstaffed with a cast that's underserved by Don D. Scott's schematic script and Kevin Rodney Sullivan's crude direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 8, 2004
Perhaps if the movie had been funnier, it would've been easier to overlook the bizarre dramatic interludes...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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