(2008)

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100
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
88
The movie takes the ABBA jukebox musical that ate London, and is still eating Broadway, and turns it into a surprisingly sensuous experience.
88
Charlotte Observer
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.
75
Mamma Mia! is fun, the music's terrific and the cast is appealing.
75
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."
70
Yes, of course this is fairly old-fashioned entertainment, but it's really, really entertaining.
58
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.
50
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.
50
By turns entertaining and excruciating.
50
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."
50
This plot is not being taken terribly seriously. It's mostly a pretext for songs that are mostly a pretext for acting silly.

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