Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 6 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Brown
    75
    This is feel-good filmmaking, to be sure, but the culture clash here is more than a meaningless vehicle for fizzy wish fulfillment. The not-unpleasant result is hearty Italian fare with the half-life of Chinese takeout.
  2. Intent on offering viewers a good time yet manages to sneak in considerable substance in a disarming, even old-fashioned manner.
  3. So desperately eager to please: Gaudreault doesn't offer much in the way of wit or originality, but he's determined to win us over with sheer enthusiasm.
  4. 63
    No sophisticated dance, but it moves about with an open heart. And hey, it's at least as funny as that Greek thing.
  5. Patterns itself after the Greek model -- that is, more ethnic humour with a contemporary twist.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Beneath the heavy accents, wild gesticulating, slaps to the head and garish flocked wallpaper, there's an awful lot of heart.
  7. Reviewed by: Caroline Westbrook
    60
    Lacks sparkle, and finally tips its gallery of colourful protagonists into the realm of caricature.
  8. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    60
    The broad comedy is somewhat strained and obvious, and the hyper-real atmosphere encourages the cast to slice the prosciutto a little thickly. But the film's sweet-natured ingenuousness proves reasonably contagious.
  9. 50
    There are laughs in the movie, and a lot of good feeling, but it seems more interested in its Italian stereotypes than its gay insights.
  10. Likable but relentlessly trivial.
  11. 50
    You don't have to be gay or Italian or live in Canada to enjoy Mambo Italiano, but a tolerance for ethnic mugging helps.
  12. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    50
    A coming-out comedy that mines every cliche of cloistered Italian culture. But like "Greek Wedding," Mambo has enough funny moments to save it.
  13. Unless you think "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was the height of genius, there's little reason to sit though another version.
  14. 50
    The "Big Fat Wedding" formula dictates a certain amount of ugly-duckling fantasy along with the ethnic scenery chewing.
  15. More than painful to behold, it's simply insincere in a film determined to undermine gay stereotypes.
  16. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    40
    Ethnic and sexual stereotypes receive equally clumsy treatment in this Canadian comedy.
  17. 40
    More dispiriting than the caricatured Italian families is the sense that, by picture's end, the filmmakers have neutered Angelo, so that his sexual energy is dulled, made non-threatening -- the perfect son after all.
  18. 40
    If Gaudreault's 90-minute pilot ever makes it to television, French-Canadians can look forward to their own Italian version of A.K.A. Pablo.
  19. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    40
    Old annoying ethnic family stereotypes meet new annoying gay-relationship stereotypes in this candidate for "Kiss Me Guido's" heretofore uncontested niche.
  20. 40
    As Angelo, Mr. Kirby has a boyish charm, which is probably the best that can be said for this film as well.
  21. This film might have been daringly funny 10 years ago, even with its broadest elements intact. Now it's comfortable as old slippers and unthreatening as a sleeping kitten.
  22. 33
    The script is inane, and though Ferri has some funny moments, the acting is annoying or hopelessly bland.
  23. Reviewed by: David Ehrenstein
    30
    If any further indication were needed of the fact that gay has gone mainstream, this flaccid farce provides definitive proof, for it's as forced and unfunny as subpar Sandra Dee.
  24. 25
    Perfectly harmless but by no means cinematic. It is unapologetically vying for the same moviegoers that "Greek Wedding" connected with last summer.
  25. Disappointing flop that is best left off your dance card.
  26. Lacks that outrageous effrontery that might have socked it to its intended audience.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    4
    Mambo Italiano is the story of an Italian immigrant coming out to his old school Italian family. There are some really hysterical lines inMambo Italiano is the story of an Italian immigrant coming out to his old school Italian family. There are some really hysterical lines in this movie, but in general I found the whole thing to have been done. Putting an Italian twist on it, was in theory a good idea, but the whole film just comes across as cliché. The gay stereotypes are outdated and the other F word is thrown around way too much. If you're looking for an original "gay" comedy, watch Sascha Baron Cohen's Bruno, that was a great movie. Mambo Italiano is just a fast moving, sexist nightmare, with the occasional great one liner. Full Review »