Big Bad Mama
Big Bad Mama (1974)

Set during the Great Depression, this crime caper centers on a tough but sexy woman loosely based on the figure of Ma Barker. With the help of her two beautiful young daughters, she embarks on a major crime spree, using her feminine wiles… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1974
DVD Release Date: February 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Brian Orndorf

"Big Bad Mama" is really Dickinson's big show, and she delivers a wonderfully enthusiastic performance as the titular criminal.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

This is a classic Corman drive-in picture combining crime-movie spectacle, period color and sexploitation diversions between the capers...

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Steve Crum

B-grade shoot'em up featuring Angie Dickinson as sexy gang leader.

Christopher Lloyd
The Film Yap

Less a gritty crime drama a la Bonnie and Clyde and more scampy sexploitation, Big Bad Mama is the tale of a singularly determined woman who flaunts her brains, body and ambitions.

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R.L. Shaffer

Big Bad Mama strikes the perfect balance between exploitative raunchiness, and great low-key action and excitement.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Buena Vista Home Entertainment has released a batch of early Roger Corman films.... They're all trash, but Big Bad Mama is the chicken bone you can choke on.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Corman's 'lady gangster' movies exposed more than skin: They essentially pantsed Uncle Sam, organized religion, law enforcement, big business and patriarchal society in general. These were exploitation movies about exploitation...

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Dennis Schwartz
Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Not bad enough to be either bad or good.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a somewhat tedious piece of work...

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A knock off of Bonnie and Clyde? Not exactly. This movie has the same machine gun bank robbing action, but the relationships are messier and more scandalous,… More
Eric Broome
Obviously aimed to capitalize on the success of Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde," this film is hardly on that level but is more fun to watch.… More
Michael Gildea
The trick to enjoying Big Bad Mama lies in paying strict attention during the opening credits and looking for a specific name during the credits -- namely Roger… More
jay nixon
low budget, high camp value