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Mamma Mia! Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    51

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter 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.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today 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."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Upbeat, silly ABBA musical is flimsy but fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this lightweight, sun-kissed musical will likely appeal to the teen girls (and their moms) who make up much of the fan base of the Broadway musical it's based on. Language is quite tame overall ("ass" is about as strong as it gets), but sexual innuendoes do fly -- there are plenty in the ABBA song lyrics alone -- and one of the main characters is a woman who gets pregnant but doesn't know who her baby's father is. There's also a brief, non-sexual glimpse of a man's bare butt and a fair amount of drinking, but it's mostly in the context of everyone having fun on a Greek island, and it's all pretty social in nature.

  • Families can talk about who this movie is meant to appeal to -- older fans who've been listening to ABBA since they first hit it big, or younger folks who might be familiar with the Broadway show. Do musicals translate well to the big screen? What makes them successful (or not)? What messages does the movie send about relationships and marriage?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Allusions to infidelity, abandonment, and sexual indiscretions. A daughter lies to her mother about inviting three men from her past to her wedding. Otherwise, truly earnest and warmhearted..

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Men and women yell at each other about past disagreements and misunderstandings; a mother and daughter argue.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual innuendo in song lyrics and conversations (for example, a hand drill is waved around in a suggestive way to signal sexual intercourse). One character is very open about her cougar-like sensibilities, preying on a younger man -- and vice-versa. Lots of reminiscing about sexual escapades of the past. One scene shows a man's naked backside, though not in a sexual context. A sex toy is seen briefly during a dance sequence. A quick kiss between two men; one key character turns out to be gay.

  • language false0

    Language: Fairly tame, with a few uses of "ass," "crap," and "frickin'."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: A few labels: Duke University T-shirt, logos for Greek taxis. And, of course, the entire movie helps promote ABBA songs (and also the Broadway musical the movie is based on).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of alcoholic libations, but they're only consumed in social settings. Some cigar smoking; references to weed.

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