Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 27
  2. Negative: 13 out of 27
  1. When all's said and done, it turns out to be quite sweet-natured. OK. I laughed. So sue me.
  2. Lawrence plus latex equals laughs.
  3. 63
    The kind of stupid-funny movie that should only be seen in a crowded theater.
  4. My guess is that the film will appeal equally to broad-minded 10-year-olds and their grandparents.
  5. A high-spirited, big-bottomed Polaroid of the comedian in a fat suit.
  6. 63
    There's something about a plus-size floral housedress that brings out the best in many male comics, and Lawrence is no exception.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It keeps its promise to throw an hour and a half of lively entertainment at audiences.
  8. If you're not rolling in the aisles, you're definitely in the wrong theater.
  9. 50
    Any movie that employs an oven mitt and a plumber's friend in a childbirth scene cannot be all bad, and I laughed a lot.
  10. Big Momma's got game, but she doesn't have much else.
  11. 50
    Lawrence -- with the help of Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Greg Cannom ("Mrs. Doubtfire") -- has created yet another prosthetic screen wonder.
  12. Reviewed by: Nekesa Mumbi Moody
    The formulaic screenplay has enough funny moments to keep the audience from concentrating on the predictability of it all.
  13. 40
    Neither good nor terrible.
  14. A bad, bad movie...It's loud and dumb and it wastes a good cast on a ludicrous script.
  15. Intermittently funny, often vulgar.
  16. Lawrence is so ON that he appears to be gunning for clockwork bursts of audience approval.
  17. Reviewed by: Robin Rauzi
    If you think that Martin Lawrence dressed up as a hefty grandmother is funny, be gone with you .For the rest of you, you'd be better off just taking a ride on the bus. The script.. .is off and stumbling over unfunny one-liners.
  18. 20
    Martin Lawrence, no Eddie Murphy, takes a reheated cross-dressing shtick and turns it into something to elate your inner fourth-grader.
  19. 20
    Yo momma so fat, when she gets in an elevator, it has to go down. Had enough?
  20. 20
    Ends up waddling its way toward gentler, mistier climes, stopping just shy of "Doubtfire" country. It doesn't run out of smelly steam so much as downshift and become a different movie.
  21. If Big Momma's House isn't as bad as you imagined, then you've no imagination at all.
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    The sight and sound of Lawrence in fat-lady drag remains engaging throughout; script may often let him down, forcing him to keep things afloat almost single-handedly.
  23. 15
    A frenetic, aggressively unfunny one-joke merging of "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Tootsie."
  24. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    This is pretty much a lazy film with a few lighthearted moments and no substance.
  25. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    So you'll laugh during Big Momma's House -- but the laughs are so negligible you'll probably forget them before you get to the parking lot.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Apr 14, 2014
    This is such a underrated movie. THIS IS A TRUE FUNNY FILM!!! Great acting, great storyline, Great humour/jokes. Classic film still watch it. 10 out of 10 Full Review »
  2. Dec 27, 2013
    Big Momma's House is not perfect in any means, but it is smart in its own way but tries to be hilarious in every single way possible and that got on nerves because it doesn't always work. The plot is smart and the characters are fun although not deep enough to make us care for them. So if you are just looking for some old school popcorn movie to watch with friends on a Saturday afternoon this is it. Full Review »
  3. May 26, 2012
    Its not the most smart action comedy of the genre, but its got laughs and the characters are actually interesting.