Read the Reviews for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

The Verdict   Read the Reviews for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
The movie musical sequel lands in theatres July 20.
Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski Jonathan Prime/Universal Studios

The sequel to the blockbuster film adaptation of Mamma Mia! will offer the backstory of Donna and the Dynamos—set, of course, to the tunes of ABBA—when it arrives in cinemas July 20. Critics have begun to weigh in on the movie musical; check out the reviews below.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again weaves two storylines: a prequel of sorts that explains Donna Sheridan’s path that led her to the Greek island Kalokairi, as well as what happens when her daughter Sophie prepares to welcome a child of her own.

Several members from the original movie's cast, including Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, and Dominic Cooper, return for the sequel. Joining them are a handful of new faces, including Lily James as young Donna, Cher as Donna’s mother Ruby, Andy García, and stage favorite Jessica Keenan Wynn.

Read the reviews below.

The Atlantic (David Sims)

BBC (Nicholas Barber)

Entertainment Weekly (Leah Greenblatt)

Forbes (Scott Mendelson)

The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw)

The Hollywood Reporter (Leslie Felperin)

IndieWire (Kate Erbland)

New York Daily News (Stephen Whitty)

New York Magazine/Vulture (Emily Yoshida)

The New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)

Radio Times (Alan Jones)

The Sun (Jamie East)

The Telegraph (Robbie Collin)

The Times (Kevin Maher)

USA Today (Brian Truitt)

Vanity Fair (Ricahrd Lawson)

Variety (Owen Gleiberman)

The Wrap (Nicholas Barber)

Playbill will continue to update this list as more reviews come in.


The new movie, directed by Ol Parker, features ABBA songs heard in the original (including “Dancing Queen,” “SOS,” and “Mamma Mia,”) as well as tunes from the Swedish pop group not included in either the stage musical or film, such as “Angel Eyes,” “Fernando,” and “The Name of the Game.”

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