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Mamma Mia!

Musical . Romance . Comedy

Set on an idyllic Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA hit songs. Donna, an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on the island is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited young daughter she's raised alone. But Sophie has secretly invited three of her mother's ex-lovers in the hopes of finding her father.

Actors: Rachel McDowall , Enzo Squillino, Jr. , Nancy Baldwin , Christine Baranski , Julie Walters , Stellan Skarsgård , Colin Firth , Amanda Seyfried , Pierce Brosnan , Meryl Streep
Directors: Phyllida Lloyd
Country: USA , UK , GERMANY
Release: 2008-07-18
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  • Ray Bennett

    It's a delightful piece of filmmaking with a marvelous cast topped by Meryl Streep in one of her smartest and most entertaining performances ever.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The movie takes the ABBA jukebox musical that ate London, and is still eating Broadway, and turns it into a surprisingly sensuous experience.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The chorus backs the soloists powerfully, and they are as fresh as the rest of the film: fat and fit, homely and handsome, young gods and old codgers – in short, people you might really see in Greece. Reality in a musical? That alone makes it worth your open-eared attention.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    An exuberant if not always brilliantly crafted adaptation of the campy ABBA musical.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Mamma Mia! is fun, the music's terrific and the cast is appealing.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The good-natured silliness is contagious. When Streep runs singing through a Greek village, it's like a spirited homage to "The Sound of Music."

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It's airheaded just like the songs it embraces but, if you enjoy them, there's every reason to believe you'll appreciate the film.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • William Arnold

    This is an actress (Streep) who can pull off anything -- including a shamelessly kitschy musical.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    It makes bursting spontaneously into song seem like a perfectly reasonable--indeed, highly desirable--thing to do, and it leaves the audience wanting to do the same. I see a big uptick in late-summer karaoke parties.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Yes, of course this is fairly old-fashioned entertainment, but it's really, really entertaining.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    As a story, Mamma Mia! is a sham, a narrative so rickety it makes "Grease" seem like Shakespeare. It fails as a musical, too, since only about half of the songs have any bearing on the scene that preceded them.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Emily Rems

    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?

    Premiere Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Taken for what it is – a fluffy, intergenerational farce as a frame for some seventies musical nostalgia – Mamma Mia! just gets away with it, in spite of director Lloyd's lack of cinematic inexperience.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Cute, clean, camp fun, full of sunshine and toe tappers. Guaranteed to put grins on tweenies who are in to High School Musical, grans with a pair of platforms still at the back of the wardrobe, and a lot of people in between tone.

    Empire Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    By the end-credit sequence, when the stars appear in spandex outfits to reprise Dancing Queen, the audience may be singing along as if they'd overdosed on ouzo.

    Time Full Review
  • Jordan Mintzer

    Scribe-creator Catherine Johnson (also in her first screen outing) and theater-opera vet Lloyd can't seem to find the right tone or style for their globally celebrated material.

    Variety Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    It's tempting to say that Mamma Mia! has the worst choreography of any big-screen musical in history, though that would imply that what happens in the film IS choreography.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    This plot is not being taken terribly seriously. It's mostly a pretext for songs that are mostly a pretext for acting silly.

    NPR Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Meryl Streep can do anything: sing, dance, do splits, act her heart out. She (almost) saves this clumsy, overwrought film version of the Abba musical that's been running on stages from Broadway to Barcelona since 1999.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    This movie wasn't made for me. It was made for the people who will love it, of which there may be a multitude. The stage musical has sold 30 million tickets, and I feel like the grouch at the party.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's funny what you buy completely onstage and resist completely, or nearly, on-screen. Case in point: Mamma Mia!

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    By turns entertaining and excruciating.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    The direction is slack -- it's Lloyd's first feature film and it shows -- the choreography clumsy and every ten minutes there's yet another gratuitous showstopper shouting in your face and insisting you have a good time.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    On the scale of modern musical adaptations, it's not a disaster of "The Producers" proportions. But it is missing the razzle-dazzle of a success like "Chicago."

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    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.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    It's little more than droopy ditties draped around a threadbare plot.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Though the filmmakers may have been imagining they were re-creating the old days of MGM musicals, it's the Village People's misguided "Can't Stop the Music" that comes to mind instead.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    This is a movie guaranteed to please crowds, if only because it insists on their affection so strenuously.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    All singing! All dancing! All squealing! The money-minting Broadway musical has been adapted into the year's most aggressive chick flick, with a score of irresistibly catchy ABBA tunes sweetening the dumb story like peaches in cottage cheese.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The incongruous mix of real locations and stage sets, real voices and overdubs, is a constant distraction, while the choreography lumbers in group numbers and goes flat in more intimate ones.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Like a party where everyone is so desperate to have a good time that it makes you miserable.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Poor Pierce Brosnan. Sport that he is, he does his level best to be a song-and-dance man but it's just not in him. He's touchingly awful. The same could probably be said for the entire movie.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Seyfried (of Big Love and Mean Girls) is a radiant object and can sing, but I'd like to forget the others--especially Brosnan, whose singing is the best imitation I've heard of a water buffalo.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Ferocious onslaught of obligatory good cheer.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    I can see how Mamma Mia! might be a fun stage musical. As a movie musical, it's a train wreck.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Watching Streep and her two BFFs, played by Christine Baranski and Julie Walters, grinning and giggling their way through Mamma Mia! I felt I was being thoroughly, and unenjoyably, punished. Full Review
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