- Ronnie Scheib, Variety, March 23, 2011
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, March 23, 2010
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, March 18, 2008
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, January 26, 2006
The movie's heart is in the right place, which generates enough warmth to make one root for it.
- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, October 23, 2002
- Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, September 17, 2002
A flat-out hilarious ensemble comedy that probably made me laugh out loud more than any other movie this year.
- Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper, September 16, 2002
It's a likable venture that just misses being a lovable one.
- Richard Harrington, Washington Post, September 13, 2002
It's funny as hell.
- Stephen Hunter, Washington Post, September 13, 2002
As a slapstick adventure, Barbershop is unfunny and unoriginal. But as a character-driven drama, Barbershop works well, with its quirky, sweet characters and authentic dialogue.
- Daphne Gordon, Toronto Star, September 13, 2002
A sloppy but likable movie.
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, September 13, 2002
A nice way to spend a couple of hours. You'll feel like a longtime customer.
- Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee, September 13, 2002
Amid the new populist comedies that underscore the importance of family tradition and familial community, one would be hard-pressed to find a movie with a bigger, fatter heart than Barbershop.
- Jan Stuart, Newsday, September 13, 2002
Very funny, and remarkably mature, retro-1970s ensemble comedy.
- Tom Keogh, Seattle Times, September 13, 2002
By far the most mature film to come down the pike in which the name 'Cube' appears more than once in the credits.
- Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle, September 13, 2002
Entertains by providing good, lively company.
- Susan Stark, Detroit News, September 13, 2002
This feature debut from Tim Story would have been much better had it proceeded on a much smaller scale, with fewer barbers and more time to develop the relationships between them.
- John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, September 13, 2002
A broad, very funny, unexpectedly graceful comedy of character and community.
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe, September 13, 2002
The characters are engaging and the story has a bustling richness.
- Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail, September 13, 2002
Combines big laughs, a big heart and thoroughly winning characters.
- Lou Lumenick, New York Post, September 13, 2002