(2002)

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Metascore

Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
Combines big laughs, a big heart and thoroughly winning characters to become the first big surprise of the fall season.
80
Washington Post
It's funny as hell, and I am proud to say that as a card-carrying white guy, I got three, or possibly even four, of the 239 jokes.
80
As warm as it is wise, deftly setting off uproarious humor with an underlying seriousness that sneaks up on the viewer, providing an experience that is richer than anticipated.
75
New York Daily News
Best of all, and worth the price of admission, is Cedric the Entertainer.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
There is a kind of music to their conversations, now a lullaby, now a march, now a requiem, now hip-hop, and they play with one another like members of an orchestra. The movie's so good to listen to, it would even work as an audio book.
75
Here, as in the "Friday" movies, the jokes are big and rude and vulgar and very funny.
70
Chicago Reader
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.
63
Miami Herald
The film's heart lies in what goes on at Calvin's shop, that haven from the cold, cruel world. Where else can you get philosophy, humor, friendship and a little off the top?
60
Salon.com
So often loose and funny that you'd have to be pretty stingy not to get some pleasure from it.
30
Rolling Stone
Good-natured fun when it isn't stale, which is most of the time, this talky comedy set in a Chicago barber shop is a sitcom pilot disguised as a movie.

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