Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29

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  1. 88
    Combines big laughs, a big heart and thoroughly winning characters to become the first big surprise of the fall season.
  2. It's funny as hell, and I am proud to say that as a card-carrying white guy, I got three, or possibly even four, of the 239 jokes.
  3. As warm as it is wise, deftly setting off uproarious humor with an underlying seriousness that sneaks up on the viewer, providing an experience that is richer than anticipated.
  4. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Why, in our drum-thumping, ritually trumpeting time, did so little fanfare precede the opening of a movie with so much to recommend it? This is grand entertainment.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Schieb
    A rousing celebration of the family-run small business, this Ice Cube-topped ensemble comedy, without offering anything especially new or exciting, provides a springboard for high-voltage comic exchanges that double as wisecrack-coated lessons in community relations.
  6. Best of all, and worth the price of admission, is Cedric the Entertainer.
  7. 75
    There is a kind of music to their conversations, now a lullaby, now a march, now a requiem, now hip-hop, and they play with one another like members of an orchestra. The movie's so good to listen to, it would even work as an audio book.
  8. Here, as in the "Friday" movies, the jokes are big and rude and vulgar and very funny.
  9. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    A broad, very funny, unexpectedly graceful comedy of character and community.
  10. Entertaining, surprisingly well-written and often rowdily amusing picture. It is predictable in many ways but also full of heart, humor and personality.
  11. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Not everyone is going to appreciate the politics of Barbershop, but you've got to admire it for having a political view at all.
  12. Comes as a pleasure. It's a comic drama set in a Chicago hair salon where the characters are engaging and the story has a bustling richness.
  13. A cogent, optimistic and mostly entertaining slice of ghetto life.
  14. 70
    Some of the verbal jousts are hot, and a Laurel and Hardy routine involving a stolen ATM is fitfully hilarious, but this reminds me of a pilot for a cable sitcom.
  15. 70
    Despite the fact that you can see every plot twist a mile off, director Tim Story keeps the script by Mark Brown, Don D. Scott and Marshall Todd rollicking with a jazzy spontaneity.
  16. 70
    Ice Cube serves as the film's solid moral center, with a dizzying variety of supporting characters in his orbit. A refreshingly class-conscious comedy-drama that refuses to talk down to its audience, Barbershop tackles serious issues.
  17. I've seen better movies recently, but it's been a long time since I've left one feeling the easy, full-bellied happiness this one evoked.
  18. 70
    Much like how its employees and patrons don't want to see the barbershop close, once one has become acquainted with these people and this place, one may not want Barbershop to end.
  19. The mixed-up rhythms of the story rescue Barbershop from bland goodness.
  20. 67
    Towers head and hairpiece above much of what passes for urban comedy these days.
  21. 63
    The film's heart lies in what goes on at Calvin's shop, that haven from the cold, cruel world. Where else can you get philosophy, humor, friendship and a little off the top?
  22. A stage-y but likable ensemble piece.
  23. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Genial but largely predictable ensemble comedy.
  24. 60
    So often loose and funny that you'd have to be pretty stingy not to get some pleasure from it.
  25. Doesn't always cut it -- and, somewhat embarrassingly, boom mikes hover on screen so frequently they deserve co-billing -- but it's a likable venture that just misses being a lovable one.
  26. Inlike many directors with music video backgrounds, Tim Story keeps the flashy cutting to a minimum and lets the story unfold at its own unhurried pace.
  27. New Times (L.A.)
    Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    Isn't as funny as it should be. Cedric's speech impediment only goes so far -- he's actually funnier in Serving Sara, without having to rely on a big wig to do his acting for him.
  28. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    As hackneyed as they come, but the overall mood is less cynical than affectionate.
  29. 30
    Good-natured fun when it isn't stale, which is most of the time, this talky comedy set in a Chicago barber shop is a sitcom pilot disguised as a movie.

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