Mamma Mia! Reviews

  • 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

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