Mamma Mia! - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Mamma Mia! Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 18, 2008
There are the wall-to-wall songs by ABBA, if you like that sort of thing. I don't, not much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 18, 2008
Feels like a souvenir program: something to revive the feelings you had watching the stage performance.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ella Taylor
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
July 17, 2008
A collection of droopy ditties draped around a threadbare plot.
July 15, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 18, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
July 18, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
Fernando F. Croce
August 25, 2009
A mostly ghastly spectacle
July 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/10
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
July 15, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/10
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Laremy Legel
June 30, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: D
Christian Toto
Washington Times
July 19, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
September 11, 2008
ABBA's legacy will stand the test of time far longer than this
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
July 13, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
July 17, 2008
Many lighthearted musicals have frilly plots, but the story cobbled together for Mamma Mia! is particularly superficial and imbecilic.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online
July 17, 2008
Mamma Mia! lacks even one big fantastic set piece; visually, each musical number is chopped up into tiny little bits.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jordan Mintzer
July 17, 2008
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.
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
July 17, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Mondello
July 17, 2008
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
July 16, 2008
You could listen to a greatest-hits CD with nearly the same result.
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