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Barbershop 2: Back in Business Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 27, 2009
Provides enough solid, character-based amusement to put customers in the chairs and send them out content with services rendered.
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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.
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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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 13, 2004
[A]s funny as the original.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
February 7, 2004
Like going out for a bad meal with a group of people you love being with. You're happy to be in their company; you just wish you didn't leave feeling hungry.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 6, 2004
Heartstrings will be tugged and ribs tickled, particularly thanks to Cedric the Entertainer.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 6, 2004
It's a warm, often funny reunion of the sassiest, chattiest characters ever to buzz a brother's head.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 6, 2004
Just as sharply funny and as heartwarming, yet unsentimental, as the first.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 6, 2004
The connection between the still-potent issues of the civil rights movement and the rich vs. poor economic disparities that continue today -- although 'The Man' could now be either black or white -- gives Barbershop genuine potency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
February 6, 2004
It's still funny and warm and neighborly inside Calvin's barbershop; it's just a little predictable as soon as you step outside.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
February 6, 2004
Warmhearted and surprisingly ambitious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 6, 2004
A dutiful mood -- call it sequelitis -- has descended on the place.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 6, 2004
As in the original film, it's the chemistry among the actors that really counts. And fortunately, the filmmakers have reassembled the terrific cast.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
February 6, 2004
It isn't a bad hair day, just a limp, uninspired one.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 6, 2004
What's intact from the original is the premise's big heart and the wonderful ensemble led by Ice Cube.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 6, 2004
Picks up where the first film ended by celebrating community, exploring responsibility to one's neighborhood and, most important, providing big, big laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2004
The filmmakers clearly put considerable thought and imagination into making as a good a sequel as they could.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
February 6, 2004
As funny as the first movie, but it's narratively scattered.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 6, 2004
[Eddie's] irrepressible spirit remains the key to the movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 6, 2004
A movie that cares about its audience, cares about the concept of community and makes you laugh time after time after time.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 6, 2004
Funny and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 6, 2004
A warm and tasty second helping complete with smart visual flourishes, strong laughs and a willingness to take a few bittersweet cuts with its scissors.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 6, 2004
A generous and infectious blending of the old school with the fresh.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
February 5, 2004
Ice Cube sticks with the formula that made Barbershop so successful, yet manages to keep the material feeling fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 5, 2004
Affectionate and deeply funny.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 5, 2004
Grooves to its own drummer, yet remains dynamically true to its roots.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 5, 2004
Doesn't overreach the original's modest ambitions, doesn't mess with the endearing, well-rounded characters and never forgets that the jokes are all in service of a sincere message about what it means to be a community.
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
February 5, 2004
Hysterically funny, historically aware, politically nuanced, culturally sophisticated and productively self-critical all at the same time -- and you'll need a second viewing just to catch all the jokes.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 5, 2004
A sequel with all the humor, compassion, raunch and camaraderie of its predecessor.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
February 4, 2004
The second cut goes a little deeper in this sequel to the feel-good ensemble comedy.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 4, 2004
The actors anchor the film with their live-on-the-spot rhythms.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
February 3, 2004
Cube is still adorable, but the potentially poppin' battle between the shop and big-box competitor Nappy Cuts gets obscured by sloppy chronology and flat, cartoonish politicos.