Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Reviews

  • 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.

    Adam Markovitz — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Mike Hale — New York Times

  • 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.

    Tom Russo — Boston Globe

  • [This] extraordinarily witless movie operates as a checklist for cultural and racial cliches.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • If Tyler Perry finds liberation in lipstick, Lawrence has become suffocated by Spanx.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Leydon — Variety

  • The airless Matthew Fogel-Don Rhymer script makes one long for the snark and sass of Madea.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • 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.

    Bruce Demara — Toronto Star

  • This is not a case of doubling the fun so much as an anxious attempt to revive a franchise running out of gas.

    Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter

  • A film so drained of entertainment or simple humanity it is difficult to relate to as anything other than industrial artifact.

    Mark Olsen — Los Angeles Times

  • (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son movie review at Shared Darkness)

    Brent Simon — Shared Darkness

  • The father/stepson angle applies a much-needed Heimlich maneuver to a series that was choking, but it's not enough.

    James Plath — Movie Metropolis

  • 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?

    Shaun Munro — What Culture

  • 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.

    James Luxford — The National

  • 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...

    John Beifuss — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

  • If you didn't enjoy the first two movies, don't see this.

    Grae Drake —

  • I laughed when it was as dumb as it should be. I was bored when it wasn't.

    Dave White —

  • The first one wasn't all that great. The second one I barely remember seeing.

    Linda Cook — KWQC-TV (Iowa)

  • ... lame contrivances and stale drag jokes ...

    Jim Lane — Sacramento News & Review

  • 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.

    Matt Brunson — Creative Loafing

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