Latifah proves herself to be a charismatic and lovable lead, while Martin's classic shtick sticks.
...keeps its audience giggling and occasionally shocked.
—Norm Schrager filmcritic.com
...simply not a good movie.
—Pam Grady Reel
Funny, but doesn't swing for the fences.
— New York Post
A comedy is not allowed to end with the couples incorrectly paired. It goes against the deeply traditional requirements of the audience.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
...an amusing comedy...
—Maitland McDonagh TV Guide
Corniness and predictability are defining characteristics of Bringing Down the House...
— Chicago Tribune
...yet another comedy that suggests someone should take Martin aside and remind him that he can do better.
—Keith Phipps Onion AV Club
The arts of this boisterous comedy are in remarkably poor taste - a scene where Martin dudes himself up in ghetto-style gear - and the rest is just not funny.
—David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor
I don't know what's worse: the crazy ass white people who made the film or the crazy ass white people its most likely to appeal to.
—Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine