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'Big Momma's House' sequel: Worst-reviewed movie of all time?

February 18, 2011 |  1:54 pm

Martin_lawrence 20th Century Fox has released some truly awful movies in the past few years --"Gulliver's Travels," "All About Steve," "Dragonball: Evolution," "Street Fighter" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" come to mind, since none of those earned more than a lowly 21 fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. But that rating is considerably higher than the one carried by the new Martin Lawrence film, "Big Mommas:  Like Father, Like Son," which has the almost rock-bottom Rotten Tomatoes rating of 4, with only one review out of 26 at this counting being  remotely positive.

It probably should come as no surprise that the critical approval rating for the new movie is abysmally low, since its 2006 predecessor "Big Momma's House 2" earned a pathetic 6. You'd have to admit that the whole "Big Momma" operation was a pretty homely comedy franchise to begin with, one largely based on how funny you thought it was to see Martin Lawrence pass himself off as an obese fat woman.

The first film, released in 2000, grossed $117 million in the U.S. The sequel did $70 million. I think it would be fair to say that the drop-off will continue with this new installment, which as a host of unhappy critics have pointed out, seems to steal much of its material from Tyler Perry's own big-momma-style comic shtick.

The Orlando Sentinel's Roger Moore calls the film "a sad excuse for a cross-dressing sequel," which is one of the nicest things anyone had to say about the movie, which stoops really, really low to conquer.

--Patrick Goldstein

Photo: Martin Lawrence at the opening of "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son" in Hollywood. Credit: Valerie Macon/Getty Images