Mammoth (Mammut)
Mammoth (Mammut) (2009)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 20, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Cath Clarke
Time Out

An interesting idea, but Mammoth's good intentions -- like its characters' -- are lost somewhere in the delivery.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

Roe McDermott
Hot Press

The film's depiction of capitalism's erosion of the family unit is so heavy-handed that any emotional or affecting moments are undermined by the transparency of Moodysson's intentions.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Mammoth manages to be as affecting as it is heartfelt.

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Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine

The real trouble with Mammoth is that [Lukas] Moodysson, more practiced in subtlety than he's given credit for, exhibits none here.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

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.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Any semblance of subtlety was unfortunately lost in translation.

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Alistair Harkness

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Good movie. Have been seeing this going cheap on Blu ray for a while now. Was tempted to buy it, but glad I watched it on tv instead, as I don't know that… More
Christopher Haskell
The film is gritty, with all the characters interrelated, yet somehow all unrelated. A thought provoking film from Lukas Moodysson in his first English piece as… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Fragmented, but coherent, Mammoth comparatively narrates domestic drama in different social-cultural settings. Heaving with stereotypes, Mammoth concluded in… More
Daisy Maduro
Mammoth was the story of a rich New Yorker couple and their daughter and their nanny and her family. The one thing the woman, the man, and the nanny all have in… More
Stefanie C
'Where do all the children play?' Disregard the film synopsis. These interwined stories, from varying cultural standpoints, confront and question… More