'Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   4 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   63 reviews
  • Adam Markovitz Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    25
    Lawrence's gender-bending jokes are played out, and his slapstick is wooden and slow. It's understandable: Clowning around underneath that fat suit must be exhausting. Almost as much as watching it.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mike Hale New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    It seems fair to point out that of all the cross-dressing comedies of recent decades, none has channeled Some Like It Hot quite so thoroughly.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    Can there really be a comparative and a superlative for "unfunny"? It doesn't make sense to describe this witless, embarrassing third film in the Big Momma franchise as "the unfunniest".
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    Among this film's many misdemeanours is pinching the plot of Some Like It Hot.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Russo Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    25
    Looking back, it's strange to remember that the first two movies were both hits, and that Paul Giamatti and Terrence Howard even saw enough in the premise to sign up for the original. At this point, it's really all just flab.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Schager Village Voice (Top Critic)
    [This] extraordinarily witless movie operates as a checklist for cultural and racial cliches.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    If Tyler Perry finds liberation in lipstick, Lawrence has become suffocated by Spanx.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Leydon Variety (Top Critic)
    There's little that is fresh and nothing at all inventive about scenes involving the brandishing and firing of guns, the unfunny excesses of a putatively comical car chase, and the repetitious sass and brass of Big Momma's life lessons.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    25
    The airless Matthew Fogel-Don Rhymer script makes one long for the snark and sass of Madea.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    An assessment of the film as part of a dissertational examination of Lawrence's contribution to comedic posterity and to African-American cultural history will surely note that the film was not pre-screened for critics in advance.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    This is not a case of doubling the fun so much as an anxious attempt to revive a franchise running out of gas.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    20
    A film so drained of entertainment or simple humanity it is difficult to relate to as anything other than industrial artifact.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Brent Simon Shared Darkness
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Plath Movie Metropolis
    50
    The father/stepson angle applies a much-needed Heimlich maneuver to a series that was choking, but it's not enough.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Shaun Munro What Culture
    30
    It's frighteningly impressive that a one-note gag has spawned three dreadful films and hundreds of millions of dollars in box office receipts. Wherever will they go next? Big Mommas 3D?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Luxford The National
    20
    it is likely that this shambles will be the final nail in the coffin of the career of a man once touted as The Next Eddie Murphy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
    50
    A mashup of 'Some Like It Hot' (leering rooster-in-the-henhouse voyeurism) and 'Glee' (peppy musical interludes), that, on the plus side, grapples with the potent issue of young black male identity...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Grae Drake Movies.com
    50
    If you didn't enjoy the first two movies, don't see this.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dark Horizons
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dave White Movies.com
    30
    I laughed when it was as dumb as it should be. I was bored when it wasn't.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Kermode BBC Radio Five Live
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Linda Cook KWQC-TV (Iowa)
    25
    The first one wasn't all that great. The second one I barely remember seeing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jim Lane Sacramento News & Review
    40
    ... lame contrivances and stale drag jokes ...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle
    10
    I'm no fan of Perry's blunt-force morality comedies, but at least his pseudo-sainted materfamilias is a real character.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    38
    It only escapes a bomb rating because it's more irritating than offensive -- like an ant crawling across a counter top rather than a roach roosting in the cereal box.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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