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Mamma Mia! Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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There are the wall-to-wall songs by ABBA, if you like that sort of thing. I don't, not much.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

July 18, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Feels like a souvenir program: something to revive the feelings you had watching the stage performance.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 18, 2008
Ella Taylor
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

A collection of droopy ditties draped around a threadbare plot.

Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

July 17, 2008

On the scale of Celebrities Who Can't Sing, [Brosnan]'s a few notches above Lee Marvin in Paint Your Wagon but falls short of the vocal skills of Burt Reynolds in At Long Last Love.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

July 15, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Everything's in twinkle overdrive. As with most stage-to-screen transfers, about a half-hour of material has been excised, and Mamma Mia! never had that much story to begin with.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

July 18, 2008
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

Mamma Mia! wants to be a dancing queen. Try as she might, the highest rank I'd bestow upon her is duchess. And in a few critically wobbly ways, she can't do much better than lady-in-waiting.

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: C+

July 18, 2008
Fernando F. Croce

A mostly ghastly spectacle

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 25, 2009

Sophie invites the three beaus to her wedding, hoping she'll be able to pick her father out of the group. Such a shame that Sophie hasn't heard about DNA testing.

Full Review Source: LivePDX | Original Score: 3.5/10

July 18, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 18, 2008
Edward Douglas

Maybe watching three older women prancing around in tight spandex singing ABBA is someone's idea of a good time, but I wouldn't want to be stuck in a room with those people for more than 90 minutes ever again.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/10

July 15, 2008
Laremy Legel
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Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

June 30, 2008
Christian Toto
Washington Times

Mamma Mia! is a sloppy, overwrought mess of a musical, but then those darn ABBA songs pop up and all is bliss for the next three minutes.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 19, 2008
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

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

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

September 11, 2008
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

This film version of Mamma Mia! is such a full-scale disaster in every way that it's hard to know what has held theatergoers' attention for so long.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

July 13, 2008
Eric D. Snider

Many lighthearted musicals have frilly plots, but the story cobbled together for Mamma Mia! is particularly superficial and imbecilic.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

July 17, 2008
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online

Mamma Mia! lacks even one big fantastic set piece; visually, each musical number is chopped up into tiny little bits.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C

July 17, 2008
Jordan Mintzer
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The singing-and-dancing work for the basic excitement and energy of a live performance, but an additional boost of cinematic prowess is needed to sustain a similar rhythm on film.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 17, 2008
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

When singing S.O.S. I couldn't decide if he [Pierce Brosnan] was begging to be rescued from the song or the movie. Personally--I would have chosen the movie.

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 2/5

July 17, 2008
Bob Mondello
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Would be more persuasive if you felt any real chemistry between Streep and Brosnan. But how could you? They've been singing ABBA songs at each other for two hours.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10

July 17, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

You could listen to a greatest-hits CD with nearly the same result.

Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen

July 16, 2008
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

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