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Mammoth (Mammut) (2009)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 9

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Three years after his "experimental" phase wrapped with the jarring, iconoclastic Container, Swedish enfant terrible Lukas Moodysson returned for this sprawling, ambitious social drama. Echoing Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel and featuring two Hollywood A-listers as his leads, Mammoth also marked the director's premier English-language project. Michelle Williams and Gael García Bernal co-star as Ellen and Leo, New York marrieds; she's an emergency-room surgeon, he's a listless, vaguely


Art House & International, Drama

Lukas Moodysson

Apr 20, 2010

IFC Films

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (20)

An interesting idea, but Mammoth's good intentions -- like its characters' -- are lost somewhere in the delivery.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Too many films exploit the perils faced by children when the social contract is ruptured, but Mammoth earns its cruel, sensationalistic turns and then some.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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The overlapping stories, the emotional disconnect, the heavy-handed symbolism -- no, it's not a movie from the makers of Babel, its a mumbling, stammering copycat drama from Swedish director Lukas Moodysson.

November 20, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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In Mammoth, when a rich child eats her lunch in New York, a poor boy in the Philippines cries. And so it goes, as privilege begets exploitation with grimly deterministic logic and pages and pages of bad dialogue.

November 20, 2009
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Mammoth manages to be as affecting as it is heartfelt.

November 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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Any semblance of subtlety was unfortunately lost in translation.

November 20, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Having spent a decade purposefully alienating audiences, Swedish writer/director Lukas Moodysson claws his way back into the mainstream with this condescending, glossy slice of We Are The World-style film-making.

January 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

This is the Mike Leigh paradis terrestre, as good as it gets.

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Mammoth looks sleek and is well-acted but the preachy tone is hard to bear.

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

[A] Babel-ish drama about the malaises wrought by globalisation, how we're closer than ever, and yet, if I'm not mistaken, farther apart. Unfortunately, you've seen it already.

November 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

There's nothing intrinsically wrong with message movies like this provided the characters feel real (they don't) and it's handled with a light touch (it isn't).

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Mammoth is a masterclass in feel-bad cinema.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

[A] fatuous, self-serving and fantastically dishonest exercise in pseudo-compassion, composed in the supercilious "globalised" style of Alejandro González Iñarritu's 2006 film Babel.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

As woolly and elephantine as its title.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Mammoth is well-meaning, but ultimately contrived and melodramatic.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Lukas Moodysson's approach to filmmaking was becoming increasingly experimental, so it is a surprise to see how conventional Mammoth is.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

This is an impressively directed, superbly acted and emotionally engaging drama, though the script is occasionally a little heavy-handed and the whole thing is nearly scuppered by a jaw-droppingly crass final line.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Moodysson braids these threads with contrived symmetries. The preaching soon grows wearisome.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A return to form by Moodysson although the bigger Iñárritu-like stuff -- globalisation, poverty, fraying family relationships -- are all a bit too neat to really engage.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

An inexorable dread holds the attention (if you've seen Moodysson's disturbing Lily-4-Ever you'll know what to expect) and as tragedy moves ever closer it's difficult too look away.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Mammoth features sensational moments of reaction and deliberation communicated by a gifted cast, building a few symbolic global bridges, more appreciable for their design than their destination.

November 24, 2009 Full Review Source:

The message of the movie seems to be that Americans can solve guilt by paying the right person.

November 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Features various storylines centered on the same weighty themes, which mean to say so much about the human condition and modernity that they end up saying perilously little.

November 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook
Critic's Notebook

Audience Reviews for Mammoth (Mammut)

Good movie. Have been seeing this going cheap on Blu ray for a while now. Was tempted to buy it, but glad I watched it on tv instead, as I don't know that it is a movie I would want to watch again. (though I did like it).
It's pretty much a movie about unhappy people. I could see what they were aiming for with the parallels. Ie, Michelle Williams plays a working mum who doesn't have enough time to spend with her family. Meanwhile the Filipino nanny is working for her, practically raising her daughter, while she misses her own little boys at home in the philippines. I found both these women sympathetic. Less so the husband.
The story about what happens to the young son of the nanny is horrific. I think the stories were a comment on life today and priorities, but I couldn't get the point about the husband. So he cheats with a young girl and gets away with it. Were we meant to pity him in some way? I certainly didn't!
Overall a good movie which maybe I didn't quite get, but good acting and great soundtrack.
May 5, 2012

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Fragmented, but coherent, Mammoth comparatively narrates domestic drama in different social-cultural settings. Heaving with stereotypes, Mammoth concluded in accomplishment of imparting a definite set of emotions with the audiences.
September 16, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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'Where do all the children play?' Disregard the film synopsis. These interwined stories, from varying cultural standpoints, confront and question post-modern values. The pursuit of money to better our lives and childrens' exacts a high price. Each character determines if the cost is worth it. This film's direction, symbolism and 'message' is far from subtle.
July 3, 2010

Super Reviewer

The film is gritty, with all the characters interrelated, yet somehow all unrelated. A thought provoking film from Lukas Moodysson in his first English piece as writer and director.
June 23, 2010

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