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Mamma Mia! Reviews

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 21, 2008
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 21, 2008
A lot of fun.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 18, 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.
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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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 18, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 18, 2008
Likable, serviceable, and eminently danceable.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 18, 2008
Cheese -- but what wonderfully salty, sinfully satisfying cheese it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 18, 2008
None of this would matter much if this movie wasn't anchored by a star turn, and Streep delivers yet another in a career full of them.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 18, 2008
This isn't a movie. It's a vacation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 18, 2008
When Brosnan opens his mouth, the wrong sounds come out. And yet they're among the few things in Mamma Mia! that feel anything close to right.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 18, 2008
Mamma Mia! delivers exactly what one can reasonably expect from it. It's a faithful adaptation of the stage play of the same name but, more importantly, it's a repository for ABBA songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 18, 2008
Even minor elements like sound editing and makeup are botched, a sure sign of carelessness, or cluelessness. Early scenes show characters forgetting to lipsynch to their prerecorded songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 18, 2008
A fun, crowd-pleasing alternative for an audience whose idea of entertainment runs more to infectious '70s pop ditties, spandex, sex-starved women of a certain age and bare-chested hunks than watching a caped sadist torturing criminals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 18, 2008
The costumes look cheap, the choreography is clunky, and the cinematography's terrible - a real shame, given the gorgeous setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 18, 2008
It's a one-of-a-kind cinematic wreck: I couldn't wait for it to end, and yet I'm strangely longing to see it again.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 18, 2008
he sheer exuberance of the production overcomes its difficulties, and the incongruous mix of nostalgia, James Bond crooning and the world's greatest actress bouncing up and down on a mattress is an undeniable kick. Mamma Mia! is major fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2008
The year's most aggressive chick flick, with a score of irresistibly catchy ABBA tunes sweetening the dumb story like peaches in cottage cheese.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 18, 2008
As my dignity tried to flee the premises, my heart wouldn't let me go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 18, 2008
Taken for what it is -- a fluffy, intergenerational farce as a frame for some seventies musical nostalgia -- Mamma Mia! just gets away with it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 17, 2008
The adaptation of the long-running stage hit is a crowd-pleasing gusher of escapism, not the least of which is respite from summertime teen action fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 17, 2008
You can have a perfectly nice time watching this spirited adaptation of the popular stage musical and, once the hangover wears off, acknowledge just how bad it is.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 17, 2008
By turns entertaining and excruciating, Mamma Mia!, the jukebox musical that strings together 19 ABBA hits on a narrative thread flimsier than dental floss, had me smiling and wincing, often at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 17, 2008
Constructing a play -- and now a clumsily staged film -- around ABBA songs is the definition of a frivolous enterprise, and little has been done to temper the ecstatic mood with other shadings of human emotion.
| Original Score: C
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 17, 2008
It gets by on the featherweight golden oldies of ABBA, and the treat of seeing and hearing some golden oldies of the cinema break character and belt out a song.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 17, 2008
Mamma Mia! presents itself as a piece of clever counter-programming to this summer's surfeit of pounding, effects-driven comic-book movies. But filmgoers eager to sample its sunny, synth-pop pleasures are likely to feel just as bludgeoned.
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Jordan Mintzer
Variety
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 17, 2008
Logic is unnecessary to savor Mamma Mia! Escapist and fun, it never takes itself too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 17, 2008
When Streep, Walters and Baranski share the screen, Mamma Mia! comes alive and earns its exclamation point. The rest is forced gaiety pushed to the breaking point.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 17, 2008
The ingredients seem perfect: a stellar cast, an unassailable soundtrack and source material from a proven hit. Somehow, though, this sugary mix turns into a sour hairball that will have you gagging to expel it for 108 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 17, 2008
I won't really defend Mamma Mia!, but I will recommend how to watch it: Just stop rolling your eyes and listen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 17, 2008
Mamma Mia! is not going to make you think, nor does it want to. But it will make you sing, as long as Brosnan keeps his mouth shut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 16, 2008
None of them can sing, and nothing they do looks natural. Rarely have I witnessed so many pros appear so clueless.
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
July 16, 2008
This movie isn't just unapologetic fluff; it's aggressive, out-loud-and-proud fluff. Just like ABBA.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 15, 2008
If Mamma Mia! works on any level at all, it's through the sheer radiance of Meryl Streep.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 14, 2008
Streep has a sweet voice and knows how to use it, but it's sad to watch a perfectionist remove part of her brain and try to convince us she's having a jolly time.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
June 30, 2008
The most fun to be had at the movies this or any other recent summer.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
June 30, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: D