Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Reviews

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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
February 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 18, 2011
Even Big Momma deserves better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Mike Hale
New York Times
February 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
February 18, 2011
A film so drained of entertainment or simple humanity it is difficult to relate to as anything other than industrial artifact.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 18, 2011
If Tyler Perry finds liberation in lipstick, Lawrence has become suffocated by Spanx.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
February 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: D+
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Joe Leydon
Variety
February 18, 2011
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.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
February 18, 2011
[This] extraordinarily witless movie operates as a checklist for cultural and racial clichés.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 18, 2011
This is not a case of doubling the fun so much as an anxious attempt to revive a franchise running out of gas.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 18, 2011
The airless Matthew Fogel-Don Rhymer script makes one long for the snark and sass of Madea.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 16, 2011
Quite how this flaccid, one-joke crime-comedy franchise even got off the ground is a mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5