Metascore
22

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 9 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Feb 18, 2011
    60
    It goes down like a canned but genial '80s comedy: Without fanfare or much nutrition; part of your balanced breakfast.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Feb 18, 2011
    50
    Kind of a drag when it resorts to frantic slapstick and tired action-comedy tropes, but modestly engaging during stretches that suggest the project would have worked better as an exuberant musical.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Feb 19, 2011
    40
    Hilariously horrible when it isn't just plain awful.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Feb 18, 2011
    40
    John Whitesell's extraordinarily witless movie operates as a checklist for cultural and racial clichés.
  5. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Feb 18, 2011
    40
    Won't likely disappoint fans of men-in-drag comedy but doesn't offer much that's original or funny.
  6. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Feb 18, 2011
    33
    Lawrence's gender-bending jokes are played out, and his slapstick is wooden and slow.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Feb 19, 2011
    30
    About the only honestly funny thing in the movie is Faizon Love's uncredited performance in the Joe E. Brown role, as the school maintenance man who's immediately smitten with Big Momma.
  8. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Feb 19, 2011
    25
    Star Martin Lawrence, now the sole remaining element from the original "Big Momma's House" 11 years ago, looks pretty tired both in and out of makeup here.
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Feb 19, 2011
    25
    Fresh or not, creatively merited or not, here it comes: the third installment of Martin Lawrence's big, dopey franchise.
  10. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Feb 18, 2011
    25
    A humorless mashup of "White Chicks" and "Glee."
  11. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Feb 17, 2011
    20
    Whoever demanded a third installment 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Feb 24, 2011
    11
    The comic, his career now apparently in total free fall, tackles the (dual) role(s) so broadly (no pun intended) that it's just plain annoying.
  13. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Feb 19, 2011
    10
    A film so drained of entertainment or simple humanity it is difficult to relate to as anything other than industrial artifact.
  14. Reviewed by: John P. McCarthy
    Feb 19, 2011
    10
    Starved of humor and energy, the interminable Big Mommas: Life Father, Like Son could force Lawrence and co-star Brandon T. Jackson undercover for real.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. Feb 24, 2011
    10
    This beautiful masterpiece is one of the best films I have ever seen. Martin Lawrence is masterful in the art of slap-stick comedy and intelligent humour. The subtle shakes and jiggles by his fat suit only magnify his artistic, majestic comedy abilities. This film is not only heartfelt, but also funny. I highly recommend this classic to anyone who enjoyed other classics as Citizen Kane, Psycho, and Godfather, as this film surpasses even those greats. Full Review »
  2. Mar 3, 2011
    2
    They should stop making these. They either have good salesman or really stupid investors, i would like to know how and who does the research before they invest into these movies. Full Review »
  3. Feb 24, 2011
    10
    Should've win a damn Oscar! The acting and screenplay is superb! Martin Lawrence is god's gift to Comedy. The way he portrays the fat black woman makes you feel as if YOU, yourself, are a fat black woman fighting crime. lol Full Review »