Mamma Mia! Reviews

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August 23, 2018
Mamma Mia has been made with the most delicious, joyful abandon and all it asks is that you joyfully and deliciously abandon yourself to it and don't make too many observations.
February 18, 2012
October 18, 2008
The story is ... urh. No film has ever had a more irrelevant story.
October 18, 2008
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.
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.
July 21, 2008
A lot of fun.
July 20, 2008
Miscast, poorly shot, possibly choreographed by a spastic eight-year-old, Mamma Mia! is a mess, but it's kind of an impressive mess.
July 18, 2008
The movie version of the musical has been released or rather unleashed, powerful enough to make the most hard-hearted indie rock absolutist clap along.
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.
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.
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.
July 18, 2008
Likable, serviceable, and eminently danceable.
July 18, 2008
Cheese -- but what wonderfully salty, sinfully satisfying cheese it is.
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.
July 18, 2008
This isn't a movie. It's a vacation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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