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Calvin (Ice Cube) never wanted to take over the family business, a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. Disgusted with the shop's crime-ridden neighborhood, and caught up in his moneymaking schemes, one morning Calvin decides to sell the shop to the shady Lester (Keith David). Chastised by his pregnant wife, Jennifer (Jazsmin Lewis), for his rash decision, Calvin spends the day cutting heads at the shop, and starts to understand the importance of the legacy his grandfather and father have left to him. The bickering barbers include Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), the old-timer with his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Ted Shen, Chicago Reader
"The movie's heart is in the right place, which generates enough warmth to make one root for it."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Charming urban comedy for teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The problem with Barbershop is that it tries too hard to be too many things."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"[Ice] Cube proves that he can be incredibly charismatic performer when he's not glowering at people."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Barbershop is a cozy place to hang out for a while, even if you don't need a little off the sides."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"A flat-out hilarious ensemble comedy that probably made me laugh out loud more than any other movie this year."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A smart, clever, and well-written piece of filmmaking..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube ably provides the emotional core in this story of a neighborhood barbershop and its assortment of colorful inhabitants, which is a cut above standard hip-hop cinematic fare."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Beneath the jokes is a story about community - what it means to belong to a community and one's responsibility to that community."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Perhaps because it promotes traditional values - respect women, crime doesn't pay, family comes first - the film shines in those rare scenes when it plays with received wisdom."
‑ , Time Out
"It's a likable venture that just misses being a lovable one."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"A funny, warm, immensely likable, and all-ages-appealing film centering around the importance of heritage and family."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"...has the makings of a long-running franchise, but one that just doesn't cut it as a crossover hit."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"One of the best entrants in the fast-growing urban comedy genre."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
More reviews for Barbershop on Rotten Tomatoes

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