- 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
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
If nothing significant gets settled in the rambling barbershop conversations, at least many issues are aired, and by the end, in classic sitcom fashion, all problems have been solved.
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, September 13, 2002