Thomas Blalock’s review published on Letterboxd:
So previously this was hated as the worst thing ever but around when the sequel came it, it suddenly got a big fanbase and was re-evaluate, especially here on LB. I'm all for disliked movies getting followings, so I had more hope going into this new than I would have a year or so again.'
But sadly instead I didn't care for it. It's not like super offensive I suppose but this got on my nerves after a while. It's basically a sitcom episodes worth of plot stretched out to an hour and a half, thanks to tons of Abba songs.
The story concept could have worked but I never really cared about anyone and the songs got in the way more than they helped. The songs were just picked at random generally and aren't used that effectively. Some of the bad singing (cough Peirce Brosnan) didn't help.
The renditions aren't all bad but it got to be too much, because I swear there's a song every 5 minutes. I shouldn't complain about there being too many songs in a musical but here we are. I should like this kind thing, I love musicals just cuz they I like jamming to bops, and will even enjoy songs from otherwise not so good musicals, and I love Jukebox musicals that give me more appreciation for real songs but this didn't do it for me at all.
Also, early on a lot of the characters seemed like they were just squealing and chattering and that was not fun, although it did cool off later.
This wasn't the worst or anything, but as a whole it was just annoying and felt like a lot of white noise. It reminded me of those Adam Sandler movies that are just an excuse for the cast to go on vacation, just not quite as bad.
It's cool that some can enjoy but still claim that anyone that dislikes it hates fun. I hate how cynical people can be towards lighter movies, but people are free to dislike/be annoyed by whatever they want, provided they respect people who do like it, of course.
Hopefully the sequel is more enjoyable (I mean, it';s fresh on RT, unlike this one so it has to be doing something right) but this did not do much for me.