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Monte Carlo (2011)

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38

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 91
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 56

Although it has its charming moments, Monte Carlo is mostly silly, predictable stuff that never pushes beyond the boundaries of formula.

41

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 16

Although it has its charming moments, Monte Carlo is mostly silly, predictable stuff that never pushes beyond the boundaries of formula.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Three graduates fulfill their dreams of vacationing in Paris. They accidentally find themselves in a lavish world, where they live like royalty and experience romance. But at the end of their journey, they discover the true magic of friendship. -- 20th Century Fox

Oct 18, 2011

$23.2M

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Ridiculously contrived, superficial throughout and too sugary, 'Monte Carlo' is still too innocent and convivial to cast too many aspersions on.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Teen girls who want a vicarious overseas jaunt are advised to follow Emma's lead in one scene of Monte Carlo and watch To Catch a Thief instead.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: The Wrap
The Wrap
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The movie sputs out like fizzled fireworks in the Monte Carlo night.

July 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The scenery is pretty, the actresses work hard and it all goes by fairly quickly, if unmemorably.

July 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Director Thomas Bezucha lingers too long on side plots and doesn't give the film emotional resonance.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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After Selena Gomez's auspicious big-screen debut in Ramona and Beezus, Monte Carlo feels like two steps back for the Wizards of Waverly Place star.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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It's all frothy and silly, but Selena Gomez and her co-stars are sweet and appealing and are sure to win over the film's target audience.

March 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

More gum-popping than jaw-dropping, it's the kind of light entertainment that Elvis used to make.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

So corny that a cereal company could have sponsored it...

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Short on wit and invention, the film comes over as Texas's answer to Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.

October 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Harmless enough to a point... but the idea that girls should aspire to little more than acquiring a boyfriend, a home or a brand-new pair of Blahniks will be desperately depressing for any parents dragged along.

October 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Mature viewers will appreciate the rare lack of bad language in what for them will be a reminder of screwball comedies past.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Comment (1)
Birmingham Mail

A dull fantasy-farce of luxe hotel suites, hot guys and product-placement jewellery, a pretty unappetising mix that the film tries to justify at the end with some blather about Romanian orphanages.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

A comprehensive waste of time and money.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Meester especially is a lot better than this.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

A corny grown-up's vision of teenage wish-fulfilment, like a sexless Sex And The City 2.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

[A] good-natured but insipid vehicle for tween star Selena Gomez...

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Clichéd and glitzy, it throws its lots in entirely with the romantic ideal of love and Monaco, but has a bubbling spirit and Meester drives a scooter in Grecian sandals impeccably.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Gomez, looking every bit the child bride, keeps strutting her actressy ambitions like a pushy diva hogging the dress-up-box.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Trashily enjoyable thanks to some expertly assembled clichés, an assortment of picturesque locations and likeable chemistry between the three leads.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

This is a film that knows what its teen audience wants - and gives it to it in spades.

October 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Sluggish, witless and desperately twee.

October 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Glossy entertainment for tweens. Avoid if you're over 14.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The film's tween-age target demographic will be perfectly content with what they see here.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Monte Carlo

Pretty cute lighthearted teenager filled rom-com...
May 20, 2013
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Okay movie for tween girls to watch. (I can't imagine it's appeal would go too much further than that). Young cast are all good here in a far fetched little story about mistaken identity. Not something I would watch again, or was anxious to see in the first place, but pleasant enough use of an hour and a half. I think the scenery around Paris was actually more interesting than the thin little plot, but for what it is, it's okay. It's extremely Disney (I have no idea if it is Disney or not, or it just comes across like it). Happy ending for all.
April 7, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress.

Good movie. I enjoyed it pretty nice, although the main idea of the story was not original in a way nevertheless the story plays out well and spot on. Great young cast with potential.

A young woman, her uptight step sister and her best friend use their savings for a long anticipated dream trip to Paris, which turns out to be a big disappointment. When they decide to take a break from their lousy tour and duck into the lobby of a luxury hotel, one of them is mistaken for a spoiled British heiress. Before they get the chance to reveal their true identities they are wrapped up in misadventures during a vacation to Monte Carlo instead.
November 9, 2011
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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Mash between a family movie and a chick flick wannabe makes Selena Gomez loo ugly, along with those other two chicks. The dresses they wear are hideous, somewhat like this film.

Okay, maybe I shouldn't be saying MONTE CARLO is that bad. It's just not anything good. Selena Gomez, in paraphrasing, claimed that it was her chance to break away from the Disney Channel and become her own thing. Nicely said, for once, but really? Even if this wasn't distributed by the Walt Disney Corporation at all, it has Gomez's past career as a Disney Channel star written in every nook and cranny of it. So if she wanted to really do that, she should have auditioned in 2010 for VALENTINE'S DAY, because all they needed for that film was a well-known cast with no acting skills!

Speaking of acting skills, Selena really needs to work on her accent. The questions similar to, "Are you sure you're British?" were clearly worked into the script AFTER Gomez was cast. She should really go back to WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE, where she can simply wave a magic wand and everything will be perfect with just the use of Disney's money. It's nearly implausible that any other distributor would allow Gomez to cheat them into a bad film. (Maybe it wasn't just Selena's fault.)
October 25, 2011
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

    1. Grace: In my dress on backwards, or does the real me have a bit more goin' on upstairs.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
    1. Riley: Precious cargo..
    – Submitted by Ayu F (23 months ago)
    1. Grace: Do you have any change?
    – Submitted by Debbie B (2 years ago)
    1. Emma: Let me tell you one thing about shoes, Meg. If they ain't hurtin' , they ain't workin'!
    – Submitted by Maddie C (2 years ago)
    1. Grace: Is my dress on backwards,or does the real me have a bit more going on upstairs?
    – Submitted by Debbie B (2 years ago)
    1. Cordelia Winthrop Scott: You let me up.
    – Submitted by Debbie B (2 years ago)
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