Mamma Mia! The Movie was a top international box-office hit and the fastest selling DVD in British history. Responses were passionate but polarized: while legions of fans participated in sing-along screenings, critics dismissed it. The critical split was gendered, with male critics unimpressed by the frivolity of a film created entirely by women.
Louise FitzGerald is Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Brighton. Melanie Williams is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of East Anglia. She is co-editor of British Women's Cinema (2009).