...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.
—Joe Leydon Variety
...an amiable, schlocky family comedy...
—Mike Hale New York Times
...won't likely disappoint fans of men-in-drag comedy but doesn't offer much that's original or funny.
—Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter
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.
—Adam Markovitz Entertainment Weekly
Lawrence's grotesque fat-granny act wasn't funny the first time around, but at least he was trying.
—Keith Phipps Onion AV Club
Thanks a bunch, Tyler Perry. Your antics in old-lady dress-up have inspired Martin Lawrence to literally drag his worst franchise out of the closet and back onto the big screen, cheaper and more lazily than ever.
—Luke Y. Thompson E!
...a film so drained of entertainment or simple humanity it is difficult to relate to as anything other than industrial artifact.
—Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times
It would be nice to report that, in the end, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son is just innocuous. Instead, it's rather insidious.
—Bill Gibron filmcritic.com
It's a true rubber-necker's delight, a comedy so inconceivably tacky that it will make you question whether or not you're laughing at the film or with it.
—Simon Abrams Slant Magazine