Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. 75
    The beauty of the "Shop" movies is that they provide a stage for lively characters.
  2. The diversity of the Beauty Shop ensemble is a large part of what makes it so much fun to watch;
  3. lLght and likable - a low-budget "Steel Magnolias" without pretense.
  4. At its warmhearted center, Beauty Shop is a workshop in how to walk around like Oprah with a feeling of confidence and entitlement.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Allison
    For the most part, what it aims to do-amuse and uplift-it does wonderfully.
  6. The script is full of brassy lines.
  7. For all the vivid, amusing characters that surround Gina, Beauty Shop rightly belongs to Latifah, who comes into her own as a star and an actress in this film.
  8. Beauty Shop extends the popular "Barbershop" franchise to Atlanta and provides a sassy feminine counterpart to its cozy men's-club vibe.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    A sunny and sassy comedy that somehow manages to breathe fresh life into familiar stereotypes and stock situations.
  10. 63
    Has nothing new to say, but it has a lot of fun covering the same old territory.
  11. 63
    A cut above what you'd expect from the spinoff of a sequel.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The plot progression can be guessed early on, but the film is more about humor and heart than a clever story.
  13. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Formulaic but extremely good-natured comedy.
  14. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    This has the power to unite a female audience ready and willing to overlook its supposed weaknesses.
  15. 60
    As in the other two movies, the plot is a thin cardboard box used to carry an assortment of observational doughnuts--in this case, estrogen-fueled shop talk about race, men, and the politics of looking good.
  16. It's a boisterous and amiable movie but not, in the end, a very funny one.
  17. Plays like a pilot for a TV sitcom. It sets up enough story threads for an entire season yet nothing much actually happens during the 105-minute running time.
  18. The story and humor are so tame the movie barely merits No More Tears.
  19. There's an amiability that permeates the movie and carries it through most of the rough patches and split ends.
  20. 50
    Beauty Shop's shtick gets old and tired pretty quickly, but a breezy tone and air of easygoing likeability carry it a long way.
  21. 50
    Breezy, sporadically funny.
  22. Reviewed by: Jennifer Frey
    Mildly amusing and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, with much of its humor playing off foolish white folks and gay stereotypes.
  23. Spends too much time being convivial and not enough time looking for the kind of real conflict that begets a good comedy.
  24. 40
    Queen Latifah's warmly formidable presence drives this amiable but poky comedy.
  25. A spin-off of a sequel... It doesn't even try to be different, because it assumes the moviegoer wants only the same-ol' and then offers even less.
  26. The results are so listless, dated and characterless.
  27. The residents of Beauty Shop never quite gel. Instead of camaraderie, the feeling is one of bare tolerance.
  28. 30
    The script is painfully underbaked, and director Bille Woodruff (Honey) continues to raise a question: How can someone from a music-video background have absolutely no sense of rhythm, timing or pacing?
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. Dec 19, 2012
    This is just another attempt by Queen Latifah to make a funny movie, she definitely performs good in secondary roles but I have never seen any good movie where she is the staring actress. Average. Full Review »
  2. Sam
    Jul 10, 2006
    Predictable, corny, sometimes wooden, but always interesting comedy-drama.
  3. dudek.
    Dec 20, 2005
    Just don't watch. It's that simple. Terrible script. It makes it so abysmal to the point were there's no point to watch. Take it at your own risk. Full Review »