Mammoth (Mammut)
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Three years after his "experimental" phase wrapped with the jarring, iconoclastic Container, Swedish enfant terrible Lukas Moodysson returned for this sprawling, ambitious social drama. Echoing Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel and featuring two Hollywood A-listers as his leads, Mammoth also marked the director's premier English-language project. Michelle Williams and Gael García Bernal co-star as Ellen and Leo, New York marrieds; she's an emergency-room surgeon, he's a listless, vaguely dissatisfied Internet game designer. They have a family, albeit an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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"An interesting idea, but Mammoth's good intentions -- like its characters' -- are lost somewhere in the delivery."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"In Mammoth, when a rich child eats her lunch in New York, a poor boy in the Philippines cries. And so it goes, as privilege begets exploitation with grimly deterministic logic and pages and pages of bad dialogue."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Having spent a decade purposefully alienating audiences, Swedish writer/director Lukas Moodysson claws his way back into the mainstream with this condescending, glossy slice of We Are The World-style film-making."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"[A] Babel-ish drama about the malaises wrought by globalisation, how we're closer than ever, and yet, if I'm not mistaken, farther apart. Unfortunately, you've seen it already."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"[A] fatuous, self-serving and fantastically dishonest exercise in pseudo-compassion, composed in the supercilious "globalised" style of Alejandro González Iñarritu's 2006 film Babel."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Too many films exploit the perils faced by children when the social contract is ruptured, but Mammoth earns its cruel, sensationalistic turns and then some."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Mammoth manages to be as affecting as it is heartfelt."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"This is the Mike Leigh paradis terrestre, as good as it gets."
‑ David Sexton, This is London
"There's nothing intrinsically wrong with message movies like this provided the characters feel real (they don't) and it's handled with a light touch (it isn't)."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"As woolly and elephantine as its title."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"The overlapping stories, the emotional disconnect, the heavy-handed symbolism -- no, it's not a movie from the makers of Babel, its a mumbling, stammering copycat drama from Swedish director Lukas Moodysson."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Any semblance of subtlety was unfortunately lost in translation."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Mammoth looks sleek and is well-acted but the preachy tone is hard to bear."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Mammoth is a masterclass in feel-bad cinema."
‑ Adam Woodward, Little White Lies
"Mammoth is well-meaning, but ultimately contrived and melodramatic."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
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