Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34

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  1. 100
    Barbershop 2 makes you want to know what happens next. In its own way, it's the Ivory Soap of sequels: 99 and 44/100% pure.
  2. Smart enough to hook us with the best thing it has going: Cedric the Entertainer's gruffly uproarious and lived-in performance as Eddie.
  3. 80
    An even richer, smarter, funnier sequel.
  4. It's a warm, often funny reunion of the sassiest, chattiest characters ever to buzz a brother's head. You'll like this one more than you'd expect.
  5. Director Kevin Rodney Sullivan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back) and editor Paul Seydor serve it up beautifully.
  6. Less cartoonish and more generous than the original.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Just as sharply funny and as heartwarming, yet unsentimental, as the first.
  8. Emphasizes the best element of the first one -- the half-kidding, insult-filled conversations around the shop -- and doesn't need to spend time introducing us to the characters.
  9. He may be a barber, but by saving the community one strand at a time, Calvin is the heir apparent to populist banker George Bailey of "It's a Wonderful Life."
  10. A warmhearted and surprisingly ambitious sequel.
  11. 75
    There's nothing offensive about Barbershop 2, and maybe there should be. But even if the film plays it safe, it remains a cut above other mainstream comedies.
  12. Has a rollicking time reaching its foreseeable conclusion.
  13. What separates Calvin and Eddie from the typical comic hero -- and each "Barbershop" movie from the standard yuk-fest -- is that these folks know how to back up all the hot air with meaningful action.
  14. Pleasing blend of humor, sentiment and commentary.
  15. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    It ain’t high art, but it is a fun flick.
  16. This time around, the razors are a little duller, the clicks not as slick, the patter not as snappy.
  17. 63
    Did I like the film? Yeah, kinda, but not enough to recommend. The first film arrived with freshness and an unexpected zing, but this one seems too content to follow in its footsteps.
  18. Think of it as "Cheers" without the beer, or "Friends'" Central Perk with razors and sharper dialogue.
  19. 63
    A calculating crowd-pleaser that sometimes feels like a movie equivalent of the corporate chains it's decrying.
  20. Ice Cube is so genial and laid back it's hard to believe he's the same snarling thug who ass-kicks his way through action pictures, let alone the seethingly angry rapper who emerged from NWA in the early 1990s.
  21. 60
    This sequel ups the ante, asking whether urban renewal means anything now other than turning neighborhoods into giant malls.
  22. Reviewed by: Nick De Semlyen
    This time the banter is tighter and funnier, and Calvin’s musings on the importance of community seem more heartfelt.
  23. 58
    The first "Barbershop" was no classic but, as so often with sequels, if this were the first there would be no second.
  24. 50
    Intermittently funny, and at times even affecting, but its drama veers into soap-opera territory, and its comedy too often reeks of sitcom laziness.
  25. Funny and expands our background knowledge of these likable characters, but the story gets bogged down.
  26. Queen Latifah, as the proprietor of the ­lady's salon next door to Calvin's, brightens things up in the brief appearances that serve as symbiotic promotion for the producers' coming spin-off movie, "Beauty­ Shop."
  27. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    The material is hardly original, but the moment is affecting all the same.
  28. 50
    Takes a dedicated and true snapshot of African-American life. But so little of its presentation is memorable. This is a haircut movie that redefines ''fade.''
  29. 50
    It’s feels like the New Puritanism (recently repped by the outcry over Janet Jackson’s "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl) is seeping in. But in the barbershop? Say it isn’t so.
  30. 50
    Barbershop 2 is 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.
  31. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A less raucous and more serious-minded neighborhood comedy than its entertaining predecessor.
  32. 50
    The sequel to 2003's unexpected and rousing hit offers a lot of the same elements that made the original so enjoyable, but the humor doesn't have the same freshness.
  33. 40
    Given the stature and the presence that the entrepreneurial rappers-turned-film-moguls Ice Cube and Queen Latifah possess, the fizzle of their scenes is doubly disappointing.
  34. 30
    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.

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