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Mammoth (Mammut) Reviews

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press
March 11, 2016
The film's depiction of capitalism's erosion of the family unit is so heavy-handed that any emotional or affecting moments are undermined by the transparency of Moodysson's intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
November 20, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
November 16, 2009
A transitional, almost deliberately pensive movie from a director who typically charts a ruthlessly direct course.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 20, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 20, 2009
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
November 8, 2010
Mammoth looks sleek and is well-acted but the preachy tone is hard to bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
November 3, 2010
An interesting idea, but Mammoth's good intentions -- like its characters' -- are lost somewhere in the delivery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 4, 2010
As woolly and elephantine as its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
November 5, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 20, 2009
Any semblance of subtlety was unfortunately lost in translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
November 5, 2010
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
The real trouble with Mammoth is that [Lukas] Moodysson, more practiced in subtlety than he's given credit for, exhibits none here.
Richard Mowe
Boxoffice Magazine
November 5, 2009
It is all too simplistic and obvious and increasingly the preachy tone becomes irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 6, 2010
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alissa Simon
Variety
February 13, 2009
Comes with too much repetitive exposition and lacks an emotional payoff.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 17, 2009
English, Tagalog, and Thai are spoken in Swedish writer-director Lukas Moodysson's Mammoth, but he communicates only in the idiom of Crash and Babel: the Esperanto of feel-bad humanism.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 10, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
November 4, 2010
Moodysson braids these threads with contrived symmetries. The preaching soon grows wearisome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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