The Salon
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The proprietor of a beauty salon that serves as the one remaining thread that ties her community together finds her last bastion of unity threatened by eminent domain in Barbershop director Mark Brown's adaptation of Shelly Garrett's hit stage play Beauty Shop. Jenny (Vivica A. Fox) owns a modest neighborhood beauty parlor that is hugely popular with the folks who reside on her street, but mom-and-pop businesses are going belly-up all over the place and lately a corporate giant has been clamoring to set-up shop on the block. Despite formidable pressure from the Department of Water and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At least Norbit tried to come up with fresh new awfulness instead of idling in these familiar old ruts."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"The best scenes in Barbershop featured incisive discussions of current events. Here, the closest brush with topicality is a reference to Eddie Griffin."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"Gosh, what a terrible movie. Stereotypes galore, and the humor falls flat. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"I've seen porn with better dialogue and SNL sketches with less amateur production values."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"The movie was shot more than three years before its release, and it shows, as when the salon's resident golddigger says: "Anna Nicole Smith -- I aspire to be just like her.""
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"After scripting both Barbershops, writer-director Mark Brown appears to have exhausted his ability to create new and interesting characters to inhabit The Salon."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"A feeble dramedy about a Baltimore beauty shop where someone should come in to sweep up the clichés."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Like a third-rate Beauty Shop. Skip it."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"Not funny enough, romantic enough, or serious enough to succeed as a comedy, romance or urban issues drama."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Talks its way to a tedious, predictable conclusion that offers more yawns than laughs."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
"Despite all the stock characters and scenarios, Fox and company manage to bring things to life. And cut some hair."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Given that Brown wrote the significantly superior Barbershop, he should know that when you make a socially conscious comedy, you've got to weave in plenty of wit alongside the wisdom."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Vivica A. Fox proves to be a warm and appealing anchor for sometimes sitcom-level silliness."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The movie includes a few good one-liners, but that's really all it is -- a forum for putdowns and sassy dialogues."
‑ Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
"The film's feisty cast and generally sunny outlook make for warm and reassuring comfort viewing, the equivalent of a straight-from-the-box dish of mac and cheese."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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