Mamma Mia!

2008

Mamma Mia!

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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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Total Count: 182

66%

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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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Critic Reviews for Mamma Mia!

All Critics (182) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (99) | Rotten (83)

Audience Reviews for Mamma Mia!

  • Nov 08, 2018
    The musical numbers are infectiously entertaining and the performances top-notch but tends to become a bit too saturated especially when it seems to dilute the story/plot. Overall, Mamma Mia! is a solid musical to keep you dancing and singing until you literally (and physically) cannot any longer. 3.3/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2014
    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
  • May 01, 2013
    Everything about Mamma Mia! feels forced. The musical numbers are sloppy and the performances feel pushed to fake exuberance. The songs themselves are occasionally catchy but sometimes annoying and the singing voices never strike the right chord. Overall Rating: 41
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2012
    A musical that isn't as fun as I thought it would be. Boring.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer

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