I won't really defend Mamma Mia!, but I will recommend how to watch it: Just stop rolling your eyes and listen.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
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.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
The story is ... urh. No film has ever had a more irrelevant story.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Logic is unnecessary to savor Mamma Mia! Escapist and fun, it never takes itself too seriously.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
As my dignity tried to flee the premises, my heart wouldn't let me go.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The costumes look cheap, the choreography is clunky, and the cinematography's terrible - a real shame, given the gorgeous setting.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Likable, serviceable, and eminently danceable.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
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.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Feels like a souvenir program: something to revive the feelings you had watching the stage performance.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
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.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
There are the wall-to-wall songs by ABBA, if you like that sort of thing. I don't, not much.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The year's most aggressive chick flick, with a score of irresistibly catchy ABBA tunes sweetening the dumb story like peaches in cottage cheese.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
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.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Tom Long - Detroit News
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.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
None of them can sing, and nothing they do looks natural. Rarely have I witnessed so many pros appear so clueless.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
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.
Jordan Mintzer - Variety
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.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
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.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Cheese -- but what wonderfully salty, sinfully satisfying cheese it is.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Streep's 'Mamma Mia!' Is Like Taking a Tiny Vacation
Joe Baltake - Passionate Moviegoer
Taken for what it is -- a fluffy, intergenerational farce as a frame for some seventies musical nostalgia -- Mamma Mia! just gets away with it.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
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.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
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.
Dana Stevens - Slate
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The most fun to be had at the movies this or any other recent summer.
Ray Bennett - Hollywood Reporter
If Mamma Mia! works on any level at all, it's through the sheer radiance of Meryl Streep.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
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.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Like a big gay Terminator, Mamma Mia! will track down your cynicism and blast it into smithereens: it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you're having fun.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
It would be easy to underrate the deceptively effortless master acting class that Meryl Streep puts on here.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Dean Essner - Digital Spy
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
A mostly ghastly spectacle
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
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Dragan Antulov - Index.hr
Betsy Sherman - Boston Phoenix
After this, after "Movin' Out" (based on the deplorable songbook of one Willliam Joel), it's not even satire to suggest that the next big thing will be a musical inspired by the oeuvre of Howard Jones
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
...certain sequences are inherently far more affecting and engaging than others.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
More fluff like "Mamma Mia!" than "Made of Honor" would make mid-year moviegoing a happier experience.
Rory L. Aronsky - Film Threat
As for Meryl Streep, you sense that she's thinking what you're thinking: That she can't actually be in this movie.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The infectious, decades-old ABBA songs on which the film is anchored are the only thing keeping it afloat.
Mike Goodridge - Screen International
Even the most exuberant musical numbers feel either flat or forced.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Brosnan, Firth and Skarsgard have a great time playing the bimbos who may be Sophie's dad.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - National Post
I believe that genealogy would prove "director" Phyllida Lloyd a descendant of Ed Wood himself.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
An absolutely hilarious, rousing and joyous celebration that ought to have you dancing in the aisles.
Pete Hammond - Hollywood.com
A chintzy valentine to the world-shaking ebullience of one's own flimsily "empowered" friendships and one's most offhanded and tarted-up whims.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Mamma Mia! Um classico que surge? / Nao, nao! E viva Moulin Rouge!
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
ABBA's legacy will stand the test of time far longer than this
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Unfortunately, Streep and her ancient co-stars create pure torture whenever on screen together. This is the Catwoman of movie musicals
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
This is entertainment, not a movie. And as entertainment goes, Mamma Mia! belts it out of the park.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Mamma Mia! has an exclamation in its title for a reason: it just wants to shout out its sense of fun. The film is buoyantly unpretentious and proclaims at the top of its voice, "Take me as I am."
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
The film was so exciting and entertaining that I felt swept away. As if I was a wedding attendee, cheering on Sophie to discover herself and for her mother to find happiness.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
The music is as great now as it was 30 years ago, a true testament to ABBA's continued popularity.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nusicals traditionally rely rather heavily on things like singing and dancing; but what stage director Phyllida Lloyd throws onto the screen could better be described as "singing" and "dancing."
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
I tapped my foot, I smiled, and I found myself undeniably amused. If that's the kind of experience you're looking for, and if you dig ABBA, this crazy, sloppy, mixed-up movie might just be for you.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
...can't help being fun.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Make that Grandma Mia!
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Shot on location in Greece, but the way Meryl Streep tears through the scenery, you'd think she was in a giant reptile suit on the back lot at Toho.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The big-screen Mamma Mia! rises above its flaws through an A-list leading lady and, like its stage-musical predecessor, skillful exploitation of the both fun and pathos in Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' undeniable music.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Lacking the punch or creativity of the stage musical, this sunny, but not very funny adaptation is short on vocal prowess and choreography.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
A dinky, dreary lump that is too lazy to offend the intellect and too uninspired to cause even a cackle of audience derision.
Phil Hall - Film Threat
The movie gets by on sheer exuberance. Your appreciation of it, I suspect, will strongly depend on your mood and the enthusiasm of the audience members around you.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
Unless you buy into this ersatz jubilance and its grim determination to make you feel good, you're apt to long for a tranquilizer gun by the 20-minute mark.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
You could spend all week eating bacon at a pig farm and still find more ham in "Mamma Mia!," an irrepressible, unstoppable kaleidoscope of karaoke camp gone berserk that features a cast happily mainlining ABBA's songbook.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
There might not be anything as utterly dispiriting as watching people pretending to have fun, and that is quite literally the only card the movie has to play.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Terrible jokes in a movie that is nonetheless hilarious. You will laugh at, not with, Mamma Mia.
Kyle Smith - KyleSmithOnline.com
Mamma Mia! is a delightful crowd pleaser, evidenced by the enthusiastic applause I heard at the smash ending.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
It's My Two Dads set to crappy Swedish music.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
There is a whole lot of screaming, giggling and squealing in this film, and that's just the men. Seriously, this is a chick flick.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A lot of fun.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
It is not merely that Pierce Brosnan cannot sing; it is that he looks so uncomfortable doing it.
Pam Grady - FilmStew.com
I love musicals and I love ABBA, so I was really excited for this movie. I pretty much got what I deserved.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
There's a neat free spirit versus family values message here, about a dad being no big deal when you can have three. Not to mention that family is more about who loves you, than whatever does or doesn't dangle between their legs.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
It's a magical movie. Just as fun as a movie based on a musical based on ABBA songs involving a wedding with assorted misunderstandings set on a fairy tale Greek island should be. What a tragedy if it were a bore (besides, 'Tragedy' is a Bee Gees song ).
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Miscast, poorly shot, possibly choreographed by a spastic eight-year-old, Mamma Mia! is a mess, but it's kind of an impressive mess.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
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.
Christian Toto - Washington Times
Trust Dr. Cook on this one: You're going to walk out of "Mamma Mia!" with an ear worm.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Amanda Seyfried wows us with her lovely voice, and Meryl Streep belts out showstoppers as if she were born to be a musical star.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
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.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
It's a fluffy happy good time escape from the world, even if Pierce Brosnan is not the second coming of Elvis Presley.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
This isn't a movie. It's a vacation.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Reality in a musical? That alone makes it worth your open-eared attention.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
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.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
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.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Mamma Mia! is a feel-good musical experience, pure and simple. The actors display a buoyant commitment to the material and the songs, of course, remain undeniable wonders.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Mamma Mia! works spectacularly despite its best efforts at self-sabotage.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
Before plunking down your cash for a ride on the Mamma Mia! express when it pulls into town, just ask yourself one question: Do I really dig ABBA?
Emily Rems - Premiere Magazine
Perhaps your enjoyment will depend on how much you like the songs (I'm not a huge ABBA fan), but the great thing about this film is its joyousness.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
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.
Kimberly Gadette - LivePDX
Meryl Streep scampers and writhes with something like abandon in her tomboyish overalls, her glowing tan and perfectly arranged "wild" blond hair indicating Donna's stanch independence.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
[N]one of the nonsensicalness would matter if the movie would let me get caught up in it, but that hardly happened, much as I wished it would...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Whatever charms it may have had as a live production have been lost in director Phyllida Lloyd's sloppy big-screen translation.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Complete fluff, and proud of it...Once you adjust your senses, however, you're bound to submit to this vacation of a movie.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
What happened to James Bond?? I honestly wanted to be a "Dancing Queen" and dance right out of the theatre. Mamma Mia! is one of the most awkward, poorly acted and just laughably bad musicals to date.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
I can see how Mamma Mia! might be a fun stage musical. As a movie musical, it's a train wreck.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
Brosnan especially looks physically pained choking out the lyrics, as if he's being subjected to a prostate exam just outside of the camera's eye.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Streep, Waters and Baranski basically ad-lib and keep just enough composure to pull through.
Jason MacNeil - Jam! Movies
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.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
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.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
While it'd be embellishment to say you'd have the time of your life, any dancing queen or an admirer of seeing Pierce Brosnan croon a tune instead of trigger James Bond destruction can at least have some of the time of your 108 minutes.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
You gotta love Meryl Streep! Is there anything this actress can't do?
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Hugely enjoyable musical with gorgeous location work, terrific songs and superb performances from a fabulous cast.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The musical numbers have been competently and energetically choreographed.
David Noh - Film Journal International
When Streep as Donna cuts loose with ABBA's "The Winner Takes It All" standing on a Greek hillside face-to-face with her former lover, Sam (Brosnan), it is the film's defining moment.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
A party where everyone is so desperate to have a good time that it makes you miserable.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Without Streep front and center, this Mamma Mia! wouldn't be worth taking a chance on.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
This film is made for fans of the show - and fans of ABBA, I suppose. It's a chick flick in many ways - from the romance to the show tunes.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
Yuck!...the very model of the modern musical comedy--there's absolutely nothing original in it...[and] it looks awful.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
British director Phyllida Lloyd does a more than competent job of opening up the play with glorious and impossibly blue Aegean seascapes and rousing montages in bucolic settings in which the peasantry punctuate the songs like a drunken Greek chorus.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Mamma Mia! leaves me sending out an S.O.S., with much of the blame falling to the filmmakers. It's more akin to a music video than a musical, and a sloppy one at that.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
Giddy, brainless fun.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It's ok. Drop your troubles at the door and dance along. After all, it's ABBA. Who can resist?
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Camp, bawdy and with a perky innocence, it is Sex and the City meets High School Musical.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Lloyd's film has no shape or tone; it swings wildly from sunny, haphazard scenes that play like outtakes, to higher-pitched, shrieking, hysterical scenes.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
There is a fine line between something that is so bad it's good, and something that's genuinely good, and Mamma Mia! straddles it throughout.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
You may find that the movie version of Mamma Mia! brings out your inner Simon Cowell.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
My, my, it's easy to resist this.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
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.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
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.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Stage director Phyllida Lloyd should kneel and kiss the feet of her cast who persist in entertaining us despite every roadblock she throws in their way.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Campy theatrics and Busby Berkeley choreography set on a ridiculously breathtaking island paradise -- what's not to love?
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
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.
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
Moving and fun and scenic and ecstatic, and we cried too. I hope you take a chance take a take a chance chance on Mamma Mia even if you think you won't like it.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
flash-foiled by motion picture incompetence
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
There's something infuriatingly entertaining about this silly story, those slumming actors (Meryl Streep! Pierce Brosnan!) and those cruel, cruel songs.
James Hebert - San Diego Union-Tribune
A sappy, meaningless story, something on the order of Gidget Goes to Greece, but perhaps inferior to the Sandra Dee standard.
Janos Gereben - Entertainment Insiders
Mostly successful [in creating fun], but along the way its strengths struggled mightily against its weaknesses.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
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.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
In bringing her stage production to the screen, first-time film director Phyllida Lloyd has retained the show's goofy charm and mostly breathless pacing.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Watching the film rear back and launch constant fireworks of joy is a wonderful thing to behold, positioning itself as an ideal summer diversion to counteract all the cartoons and superheroes...a heavy dose of syrup, but it stomps proudly and effectively.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The best things about the film are that the ingenue is a babe, it is 30 minutes than "Sex and the City" and no one sings "Fernando." Of course, I could say the same things about "Wanted" and that film at least had better choreography.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Mamma Mia! lacks even one big fantastic set piece; visually, each musical number is chopped up into tiny little bits.
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
So infectiously bubbly overall that it's difficult to carp about voice talent and uneven pacing.
Jette Kernion - Cinematical
A playful and light-hearted screen version of the popular Broadway musical which is carried by the snappy and happy songs of Abba.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
...perhaps the worst example of what is known as a 'jukebox musical.'
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
A collection of droopy ditties draped around a threadbare plot.
Ella Taylor - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Many lighthearted musicals have frilly plots, but the story cobbled together for Mamma Mia! is particularly superficial and imbecilic.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
I could do without 'Dancing Queen' stuck in my head, but that will unstick soon enough, and with any luck so too will the memory of Streep noodling on an air guitar.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
It's a pretty enjoyable, big-screen songfest that should appeal to both the show's fans as well as aficionados of the Swedish pop group that supplied its tunes.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
like cotton candy, unsubstantial, brightly colored, way too sweet, and ultimately unsatisfying in any meaningful way. Plus it might just make you just a little nauseous
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
The new film version of the Broadway musical Mamma Mia! seems to be made by people who have no instinctive connection to pop music.
Armond White - New York Press
The cast of non professional singers, epitomized by the mediocre talents of Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried, disrespects ABBA's melodic 1970's music. What a shame.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
This movie isn't just unapologetic fluff; it's aggressive, out-loud-and-proud fluff. Just like ABBA.
Hank Sartin - Time Out New York
Upbeat, silly ABBA musical is flimsy but fun.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Come to be swept into a warm surround of stage-seasoned music, choreography and talents of the two primary leads, Streep and Seyfried. Okay, so it's slightly overabundant and dizzying.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
You could listen to a greatest-hits CD with nearly the same result.
Tricia Olszewski - Let's Not Listen
Mileage will vary, depending on one's affection for ABBA, nonsensical dance numbers and middle-aged women cutting loose in sparkly outfits.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
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.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
It makes for campy fun at times, but the bottom line is that it's hard to get swept up by the story when the singing keeps making you wince
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Even were it not the title of one of ABBA's most beloved songs, this might just be the most aptly-titled movie of the year.Because my Mom is gonna loooooooove it.
Brian Juergens - AfterElton.com
It's the very vague nature of these pop songs that universalizes them and makes them worth celebrating in this fashion.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
The only way to make Abba songs sound worse than they already are is to have them spring forth from the mouths of Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
We're literally left in the cold with many questions raised that are ignored undermining the entire premise and the reason why we came to watch...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Helmer's lack of vision and technical skills and the use of conventional format result in a schmaltzy, mildly enjoyable musical that services but doesn't enhance Abba's iconic songs--and yes, Meryl Streep can and does sing nicely.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Uplifting, finger-snapping, energetic fun - meaning "Money, Money, Money" at the box-office.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
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.
Dan Callahan - Slant Magazine
The sheer zestful force of this movie will blast anyone with an ounce of fun into the aisles for an impromptu bout of Abba karaoke
Victor Olliver - Teletext
Once it gets past its high-pitched squeals of estrogen-fueled excitement in the opening sequences, director Phyllida Lloyd's screen adaptation of the popular Broadway play based on Abba songs, settles into a harmonically pleasing comedy set amid the extra
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Cute, clean, camp fun, full of sunshine and toe tappers.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
A film that actually earns the exclamation mark that adorns its title, thanks to the exuberance that Streep and her co-stars bring to the job of reviving the rituals of the movie musical.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
This film is so sunny that it should crack through any cynicism. Of course, it helps to have an A-list cast singing their hearts out.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
An AIP beach movie; Gidget Goes Grecian or How To Stuff A Wild Souvlaki or Marital Beach Party. It's meant to be rollicking, cheesy, brain-dead good fun.
David Poland - Movie City News
Meryl Streep again shows that she is America's most diversified actress in this fun (albeit touristy) musical.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
This joyous frolic propelled and inspired by the timeless music of ABBA is a bit like Grease for the older set, with Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan playing the leading roles
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Incredibly, Mamma Mia! looks set for a whole new lease on life.
Richard Mowe - Boxoffice Magazine
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy