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Beauty Shop Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Plays like a pilot for a TV sitcom. It sets up enough story threads for an entire season yet nothing much actually happens during the 105-minute running time.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's a boisterous and amiable movie but not, in the end, a very funny one.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The plot progression can be guessed early on, but the film is more about humor and heart than a clever story.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The beauty of the "Shop" movies is that they provide a stage for lively characters.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    The diversity of the Beauty Shop ensemble is a large part of what makes it so much fun to watch;

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

So-so movie with great cast pushes PG-13 limits.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some pretty explicit and raunchy material for a PG-13, including a detailed discussion of bikini waxes, conversation about breast implants and sex toys, a reference to a "pimp hat," speculation about whether a character is gay, and some earthy and vivid sexual references ("a freak in the bedroom," references to misshapen genitalia and sex toys). Strengths of the movie include its portrayal of strong, loyal, and independent women and minorities and its frank exploration of racism by both blacks and whites and its depiction of inter-racial relationships.

  • Families can talk about why some of the white and black characters are resistant to becoming friends with each other and why others are not. What lessons does Gina teach Willie and Darnelle?

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false5

    Sex: Extremely strong sexual references for a PG-13.

  • language false5

    Language: Extremely strong sexual references for a PG-13.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Intrusive product placements.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: References to drugs.