The actions of a wealthy game designer (Gael García Bernal) changes the lives of his wife (Michelle Williams), their live-in nanny (Marife Necesito) and a working mother.
" There are so many reasons to be outraged and depressed by this film, indeed, that it all but distracts from the real and immediate qualities of the four fine actors. "
" The movie is at once intimate and (in its softhearted way) preachy. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" An interesting idea, but Mammoth's good intentions -- like its characters' -- are lost somewhere in the delivery. "
" Any semblance of subtlety was unfortunately lost in translation. "
" Comes with too much repetitive exposition and lacks an emotional payoff. "
" English, Tagalog, and Thai are spoken in Swedish writer-director Lukas Moodysson's Mammoth, but he communicates only in the idiom of Crash and Babel: the Esperanto of feel-bad humanism. "
" 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. "
" Mammoth manages to be as affecting as it is heartfelt. "
" Moodysson hasn't exactly descended to Babel-level pabulum with Mammoth, his first foray into English... "
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