60

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
It goes down like a canned but genial '80s comedy: Without fanfare or much nutrition; part of your balanced breakfast.
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50

Variety

By Joe Leydon
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.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Won't likely disappoint fans of men-in-drag comedy but doesn't offer much that's original or funny.
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40

Time Out New York

Hilariously horrible when it isn't just plain awful.
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33

Entertainment Weekly

By Adam Markovitz
Lawrence's gender-bending jokes are played out, and his slapstick is wooden and slow.
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25

Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
A humorless mashup of "White Chicks" and "Glee."
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25

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
Fresh or not, creatively merited or not, here it comes: the third installment of Martin Lawrence's big, dopey franchise.
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20

Empire

By Anna Smith
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.
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11

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
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.
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10

Boxoffice Magazine

By John P. McCarthy
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.
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22 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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