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
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 - Movies.com
I laughed when it was as dumb as it should be. I was bored when it wasn't.
Dave White - Movies.com
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
I'm no fan of Perry's blunt-force morality comedies, but at least his pseudo-sainted materfamilias is a real character.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
It's tempting to call Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son a huge waste of talent, but considering the talent involved, that doesn't seem like much of a waste.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Oh, come on now! Knock it off!
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
John Whitesell, who helmed BM2, keeps the gender-flipping gags firing with a sense of seriousness that seems blind to the inanity of the granny-panty flimsy plot.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
It's a true rubber-necker's delight, a comedy so inconceivably tacky that it will make you question whether or not you're laughing at the film or with it.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine
This is number three and the bloom is off the rose. Martin leave the drag to Tyler Perry and "Madea."
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
What's funnier than a black dude in drag? How about two black dudes in drag?
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
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".
As magical as ever.
Catherine Bray - Film4
Aside from providing the inspiration for 30 Rock's fake Tracy Jordan movie Honky Grandma Be Trippin', it's hard to see the value of this sporadic Martin Lawrence-wears-a-fat-suit-and-a-dress saga.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Devoid of ideas not reflected in its title, or even much in the way of sustained comedic effort, this is a bloated, wearyingly unamusing affair, from start to finish.
Brent Simon - Screen International
I did have a fun time wondering why character Malcolm's first answer to any dilemma is to dress up like a woman. Does he have a back stock of these fat suits?
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
'BM:LF,LS' is pretty thin on the comedy. A few chuckles doesn't justify the return of an aging character, whose make-up has already lost its appeal. It's time to put away the fat suit.
Wilson Morales - AOL Black Voices
Big Momma has laid a gigantic egg.
John P. McCarthy - Boxoffice Magazine
Gimmicky comedy is an unoriginal drag for young teens.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Even Big Momma deserves better than this.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
It would be nice to report that, in the end, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son is just innocuous. Instead, it's rather insidious
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Martin Lawrence's fat suit isn't the only thing getting threadbare in the Big Momma franchise.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
The fat suit in this movie is a metaphor for the film itself. It's awkward, grotesque, misshapen and full of ugly padding.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
A rancid, unwatchable load, devoid of mirth and joy, and an enemy to all that is good.
Eric D. Snider - Cinematical
It's tough to begrudge a film that incorporates, as this one does, a supremely corny Fame number into its undercover ogling and groaning pratfalls.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
Thanks a bunch, Tyler Perry. Your antics in old-lady dress-up have inspired Martin Lawrence to literally drag his worst franchise out of the closet and back onto the big screen, cheaper and more lazily than ever.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
Agonisingly slow and laughter-free.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
Anyone with a funnybone should avoid what will surely be the worst film of 2011. Until the next Martin Lawrence movie, that is.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
It would only be respectful to hang up Big Momma's oversized girdle once and for all.
I extend my deepest sympathies. I hear there are support groups available for people who've survived lousy Martin Lawrence comedies.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Though more professionally made than its predecessors, it is just as lazily plotted, formulaic and insultingly stupid.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Really, you could guess every joke the film offers in five minutes.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Among this film's many misdemeanours is pinching the plot of Some Like It Hot.
The well-established Big Momma combination of cheap and cheesy chuckles, sex-obsessed banter, and slapstick so broad even the biggest of mommas could easily hide behind it.
David Aldridge - Radio Times
Whoever demanded a third instalment of Lawrence's mirthless mash-up of weak gags and cross-dressing horrors should be imprisoned and forced to watch it on repeat until they repent. Avoid.
Anna Smith - Empire Magazine
Like Hattie Mae herself, this franchise is just cliche and padding.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
The movie is at least 20 minutes too long. Actually, it's 107 minutes too long.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Big Momma is back, the question is: Why? In the name of all that is decent and thoughtful and pleasant, why?
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The world's least funny comedian returns in this lazily written, pointless and painfully laugh-free threequel to the Big Momma's House franchise that should be avoided at all costs.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's a marginal improvement on previous outings, if only because Lawrence is slightly lower in the mix.
Tom Dawson - Total Film
Quite how this flaccid, one-joke crime-comedy franchise even got off the ground is a mystery.
Derek Adams - Time Out
This tired sequel serves up a load of half-baked slapstick, tedious dialogue and all-too predictable plot turns.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
Still moronic, chauvinistic, cliched, and just not funny - and staggeringly less so than the first two.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
It's amazing really, when you look back at the Big Momma's House film series, how many major crimes can be solved by dressing up as a fat woman.
Robbie Collin - News of the World