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Mamma Mia! (2008)


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 19
Rotten: 24

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 435,684


Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for some sex-related comments)
Romance , Musical & Performing Arts , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Catherine Johnson
In Theaters:
Dec 16, 2008
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Mamma Mia!

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (43) | 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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 21, 2008
New Yorker
Top Critic

A lot of fun.

July 21, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

It would be easy to underrate the deceptively effortless master acting class that Meryl Streep puts on here.

Full Review… | July 24, 2012

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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011

A mostly ghastly spectacle

Full Review… | August 25, 2009

Mnoge od scena su nadrealno %u0161a%u0161ave

Full Review… | July 15, 2009

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

Full Review… | February 18, 2009
Film Freak Central

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

Full Review… | February 10, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | January 6, 2009
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.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
Film Snobs

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Q Network Film Desk

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Screen International

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
San Diego Metropolitan

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

Full Review… | October 4, 2008
Film Experience

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

Full Review… | October 1, 2008

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

Full Review… | September 15, 2008
Nick's Flick Picks

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

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Cinema em Cena

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

Full Review… | September 11, 2008
Dark Horizons

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

Full Review… | September 9, 2008

Audience Reviews for Mamma Mia!

Disgusting, awkward and improbable. I guess it captures Abba perfectly...except the band demonstrated better acting abilities in their stage performances. This film was true dreck.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Great musical, but will never watch again, its just really boring and bad acting, but I came for great music and I guess I got my fill.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Mamma Mia! Quotes

I'm spontaneous.
– Submitted by Carlos L (15 months ago)
You always knew how to make an entrance.
– Submitted by Kaye E (2 years ago)
It's very Greek.
– Submitted by Scott M (3 years ago)
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)
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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