Ten years after Mamma Mia! arrived in cinemas, the sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again made its debut. Reuniting the original cast and chucking in Cher for good measure, the movie promised more fun and laughter, along with a heck of a lot of ABBA songs.

But was Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again a ‘Super Trouper‘ or ‘When All Is Said and Done‘ did fans need to send out an ‘S.O.S.‘ to save the franchise?

In this post, I am taking a look back at the critical reception the movie received when it first hit cinemas in 2018. Below are a selection of review snippets, all published by the critics when the film received its theatrical release.


Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again movie review round-up

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Here is what the critics said about Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again back during summer 2018.

  • Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian awarded Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again three stars (out of five) and called the movie a “feta fever dream sequel (that) is weirdly irresistible.” he added: “This whole thing looks like a preposterous and mad dream you might have after eating your bodyweight in feta. More enjoyable than I thought.”
  • Geoffrey Macnab of the Independent also awarded the movie three stars (out of five) and said: “This is a sequel without a hint of cynicism about it. If you don’t like ABBA, spandex and glitter, it will still make you come out in hives but there is a sizeable enough part of the audience with a high tolerance for just such a mixture.”
  • Robbie Collin of The Telegraph gave Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again four stars (out of five) and posed the question: “How could you resist it?”
  • Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter called the movie “a throwback to old-school musicals in all their corny glory,” adding “it helps that the cast looks like they’re having a right old hootenanny of a time, practically winking at the audience, in on the joke all the way.”
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  • And finally, Ben Travis of Empire gave Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again three stars (out of five) and said: “You’ll cackle at Christine Baranski’s crackling dialogue, cry when Meryl sings ‘My Love, My Life’, and when all is said and done you might even be tempted to go again.”

So, there you are, the general feeling from critics was pretty positive. Critics saw Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again as daft, cheesy as heck, but a good ol’ dollop of fun.

And that’s something I wholeheartedly agreed with. In fact, I loved the film when I saw it in 2018 and made that very clear when I published my review of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.


I said: “A Mamma Mia! sequel should not be this good, it should be the Shock Treatment (1981) to The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975); or the Grease 2 (1982) to Grease (1978). But it’s not. Instead, it’s The Empire Strikes Back (1980) to Star Wars (1977).”

I still stand by those words.

But what do you think? Did you like Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and if you did, do you think it still stands up? Thoughts in the comments section please.


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