Mamma Mia!

2008

Mamma Mia! (2008)

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Critic 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.

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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 come for this hardworking mom to finally let go. In just a few days, Sophie will be married, and Donna will stand by bittersweetly as her little girl takes flight. Of course, Donna's lifelong friends Rosie (Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski) will both be present at the wedding, but unbeknownst to the mother, Sophie has furtively invited three very special guests of her own. When Sophie walks down the aisle on that fateful day, she wants her father to hand her off. The only problem is that Donna has never revealed the true identity of Sophie's father, leaving the resourceful future bride to narrow the list down to three potential candidates. Now, as three key figures from Donna's past return to the picturesque Mediterranean shores they all walked 20 years prior, one beautiful bride will discover the secret of her past while one lonely mother finds out that it's never too late for a little romance. Phyllida Lloyd, director of both the original London sensation as well as the hit Broadway incarnation, makes her feature directorial debut with this big-screen version of the beloved musical featuring 22 classic ABBA hits. Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, and Dominic Cooper co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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All Critics (181) | Top Critics (43)

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.

Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 21, 2008 | Full Review…

A lot of fun.

Jul 21, 2008

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.

Jul 18, 2008 | Full Review…
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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.

Jul 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 18, 2008 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mamma Mia!

I don't wanna talk about the things I've gone through, watching this trashy, cheesy and poorly directed ABBA musical in which almost no one can sing decently - especially Pierce Brosnan, who sounds like a dog barking - and it only makes me wonder what this is all for.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

You can't blame a musical for having too much singing, I suppose, but one has to wonder what a really great comedy script could have done with this. The actors are likable and seemingly had fun, the landscapes are beautiful, it all feels like a big summer party where someone plays shitty music. The creators clearly thought just adding one ABBA song after another works as a film, and the fans of the band might agree, but anyone who hopes for a bit of plot or surprises should have a hard time with this. Still, the good mood is somewhat infectious, you can't deny that.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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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
Christian C

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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
Candy Rose

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