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.

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