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Mamma Mia! (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 177
Fresh: 96 | Rotten: 81

This jukebox musical is full of fluffy fun but rough singing voices and a campy tone might not make you feel like "You Can Dance" the whole 90 minutes.

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 23

This jukebox musical is full of fluffy fun but rough singing voices and a campy tone might not make you feel like "You Can Dance" the whole 90 minutes.

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Longing to discover the identity of her true father before she exchanges her wedding vows, the daughter of a once-rebellious single mother secretly invites a trio of paternal candidates to her upcoming wedding in this feature adaptation of the beloved stage musical. Independent-minded single mother Donna (Meryl Streep) has always done her best to raise her spirited daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), while simultaneously running a successful hotel on a small Greek island, but now the time has

Dec 16, 2008

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All Critics (180) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (96) | Rotten (81) | DVD (19)

A sage once advised being wary of movies in which the people on screen are having more fun than the people in the audience. Mamma mia, was that good advice.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (5)
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The legal definition of torture has been much aired in recent years, and I take Mamma Mia! to be a useful contribution to that debate.

July 21, 2008 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (5)
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A lot of fun.

July 21, 2008 | Comments (5)
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The movie's spirit is somewhere between High School Musical and Hedwig and the Angry Inch; it's at once dorkily wholesome and proudly slutty.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Slate | Comment (1)
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If you're invited, you might as well enjoy yourself. Just don't say I didn't warn you. And don't you dare say I hate ABBA.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Streep certainly gives it the old college try and so do Walters and Baranski, who are experienced singer/dancers. Somehow they all end up looking just as flamboyantly amateurish as everybody else.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comment (1)
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Like a big gay Terminator, Mamma Mia! will track down your cynicism and blast it into smithereens: it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you're having fun.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
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It would be easy to underrate the deceptively effortless master acting class that Meryl Streep puts on here.

July 24, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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Yeah, it's all a little bit on the camp side. It's a musical based on the songs of ABBA. A little bit camp is probably the height of restraint.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

A mostly ghastly spectacle

August 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Mnoge od scena su nadrealno %u0161a%u0161ave

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Index.hr

After this, after "Movin' Out" (based on the deplorable songbook of one Willliam Joel), it's not even satire to suggest that the next big thing will be a musical inspired by the oeuvre of Howard Jones

February 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comment (1)
Film Freak Central

...certain sequences are inherently far more affecting and engaging than others.

February 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

More fluff like "Mamma Mia!" than "Made of Honor" would make mid-year moviegoing a happier experience.

January 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

As for Meryl Streep, you sense that she's thinking what you're thinking: That she can't actually be in this movie.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Comments (2)
Film Snobs

The story is ... urh. No film has ever had a more irrelevant story.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Comments (2)
Guardian [UK]

Even the most exuberant musical numbers feel either flat or forced.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Comment (1)
Q Network Film Desk

The infectious, decades-old ABBA songs on which the film is anchored are the only thing keeping it afloat.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Brosnan, Firth and Skarsgard have a great time playing the bimbos who may be Sophie's dad.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

I believe that genealogy would prove "director" Phyllida Lloyd a descendant of Ed Wood himself.

October 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

An absolutely hilarious, rousing and joyous celebration that ought to have you dancing in the aisles.

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Comments (5)
Hollywood.com

A chintzy valentine to the world-shaking ebullience of one's own flimsily "empowered" friendships and one's most offhanded and tarted-up whims.

September 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Mamma Mia! Um clássico que surge? / Não, não! E viva Moulin Rouge!

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Comments (2)
Cinema em Cena

ABBA's legacy will stand the test of time far longer than this

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Unfortunately, Streep and her ancient co-stars create pure torture whenever on screen together. This is the Catwoman of movie musicals

September 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Peterborough This Week | Comments (12)

Audience Reviews for Mamma Mia!

Movie based on the musical stage production. A new bride to be invites three men to her wedding - all potentially her father to give her away but who is her dad? ABBA songs are woven throughout the story. You don't know how it fits in but some how it does. Great cast and brilliant music. Some can sing better than others though! Funny and entertaining. Beautiful setting. Feel good Summer movie.
February 12, 2013
thmtsang
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The film makers seem to think they can adapt Abba songs into a shakesperean style masterpiece. You can't. It doesn't help the singing is terrible. A lot of people aren't keen on Amanda Seyfried and although she isn't "up there" with let's say...Meryl Streep. I think she's a good actor and she was the only reason that I kept watching Jennifers Body. But this movie apart from a couple songs is crap. It's got one of the weakest plots ever and it's very much forgettable. For a musical, it's not "up there" with Singin in the Rain and it's certainly not The Lion King. In short, it's low brow in every way as i've said. Both it's acting and storyline. What's worse is that it's aimed at the smallest and most idiotic target demographic ever. This movie didn't deserve to make a lot of money and i'll never quite understand why it did.
February 8, 2012
Directors Cat
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One of the best musicals!
June 24, 2011
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    1. Harry: I'm spontaneous.
    – Submitted by Carlos L (9 months ago)
    1. Sam: You always knew how to make an entrance.
    – Submitted by Kaye E (2 years ago)
    1. Rosie: It's very Greek.
    – Submitted by Scott M (2 years ago)
    1. Rosie: Typical isn't it? You wait 20 years for a dad and then three come along at once.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Donna: Somebody up there has got it in for me. I bet it's my mother.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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