Mamma Mia!


Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 88
    The movie takes the ABBA jukebox musical that ate London, and is still eating Broadway, and turns it into a surprisingly sensuous experience.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: 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."
  5. This is an actress (Streep) who can pull off anything -- including a shamelessly kitschy musical.
  6. Mamma Mia! is fun, the music's terrific and the cast is appealing.
  7. 75
    An exuberant if not always brilliantly crafted adaptation of the campy ABBA musical.
  8. 75
    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.
  9. Yes, of course this is fairly old-fashioned entertainment, but it's really, really entertaining.
  10. Reviewed by: 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.
  11. Reviewed by: 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 63
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 262 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 136
  2. Negative: 25 out of 136
  1. Sep 26, 2011
    What I sure know is that they have the crappiest script of the year...
  2. ElliottW
    Dec 18, 2008
    I'm going to give it a five. I personally didnt like it very much, but my mother did, so I suppose this film is only good for the girls.
  3. Mar 26, 2012
    There were some great actors in this movie, but everything else was the mot bizarre piece of film work I had ever seen. It certainly seemedThere were some great actors in this movie, but everything else was the mot bizarre piece of film work I had ever seen. It certainly seemed like everybody in the movie was having fun, but I wanted to find the nearest match so I could set the T.V. on fire. Weird as hell. Full Review »