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The Monuments Men (2014)



Critic Consensus: Its intentions are noble and its cast is impressive, but neither can compensate for The Monuments Men's stiffly nostalgic tone and curiously slack narrative.

Movie Info

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. From director George Clooney, the film stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett. The screenplay is by George Clooney & Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter. Produced by Grant Heslov and George Clooney. (c) Sonymore
Rating: PG-13 (for some images of war violence and historical smoking)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: George Clooney, Grant Heslov
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2014
Box Office: $78.0M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


George Clooney
as Frank Stokes
Matt Damon
as James Granger
Bill Murray
as Richard Campbell
John Goodman
as Walter Garfield
Jean Dujardin
as Jean Claude Clermont
Bob Balaban
as Preston Savitz
Hugh Bonneville
as Donald Jeffries
Cate Blanchett
as Claire Simone
Dimitri Leonidas
as Sam Epstein
Holger Handtke
as Colonel Wegner
Michael Hofland
as Priest (Claude)
Zachary Baharov
as Commander Elya
Sam Hazeldine
as Colonel Langton
Miles Jupp
as Major Feilding
Diarmaid Murtagh
as Captain Harpen
Serge Hazanavicius
as Rene Armand
Luc Feit
as Aachen Vicar
Udo Kroschwald
as Hermann Goering
Aurélia Poirier
as Young French Girl
Matthew Maguire
as Young Dying Soldier
Mike Dalton
as President Roosevelt
Christian Rodska
as President Truman
Stefan Kolosko
as German Commander
Thomas Wingrich
as German 2nd in Comman...
Oliver Devoti
as Colonel at Caen
Lucas Tavernier
as St. Bavo Priest
Oscar Copp
as French Truck Driver
Declan Mills
as Siegen Private
Richard Crehan
as Brit Private
Corin Stuart
as Brit GI Translator
Andre Hinderlich
as German POW
Marcel Mols
as Bruges Priest
Matt Rippy
as Colonel Gregg
John Dagleish
as ADSEC Sarge
Andrew Byron
as Supply Sargeant
Nicolas Heidrich
as Stahl's Child
Aidan Sharp
as Shahl's Child
Xavier Laurent
as French Armed Man
Ben-Ryan Davies
as Brit Private-Bruges
Nick Clooney
as Older Stokes
Joel Basman
as German Soldier at Gh...
Andrew Alexander
as Major Piper
Adrian Bouchet
as Sarge Near Altaussee
Claudia Geisler
as Stahl's Wife
Joe Reynolds
as Stokes' Son
Levi Strasser
as Stokes' Grandson
Piet Paes
as Priest In Truck
Audrey Marnay
as Jean Claude's Wife
Nora Sagal
as Voice of Campbell's ...
Avery June Jones
as Voice of Campbell's ...
James Audrey Jones
as Voice of Campbell's ...
Justus VonDohnanyi
as Viktor Stahl
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Critic Reviews for The Monuments Men

All Critics (221) | Top Critics (49)

We may have gained something in humor by not taking the saviors in the art-rescue story very seriously, but we've lost just about all of the romantic pleasures of heroism.

Full Review… | September 22, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Clooney's lugubrious direction mimics the worst of those star-studded early-1960s epics, with lots of long dissolves and chunky inertia.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

I respect the inspiring story being told, but the film's screenplay doesn't have the necessary weight in its pages, or the depth in its characters.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015

The Monuments Men scatters its cast all across Western Europe as they hunt down the world's treasures, but fails to provide them with narrative thrust to move things along.

Full Review… | December 28, 2014
People Magazine

Clooney's a great guy, but as a director, he's his own worst enemy.

Full Review… | December 27, 2014

Much of the story could have been introduced with a prologue, leaving Clooney's character Frank Stokes to either concentrate on one raid or the perilous journey of a particularly prized piece of art.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

Audience Reviews for The Monuments Men


Not bad but not too great either. With the subject matter and that cast this should have been so much better.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


When George Clooney made his directorial debut in 2002 with the off-beat Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and followed it up with the superb McCarthyism drama Good Night and Good Luck it seemed that he had just as much talent behind the camera as he did in front of it. However, the dull Leatherheads and largely disappointing The Ides of March came next which threw some doubt over his ability to call the shots. With The Monuments Men I'd, unfortunately, have to say that this has more in common with with his latter efforts.

During World War II, Frank Stokes (George Clooney) learns of Hitler's intention to steal the world's greatest works of art for his own personal museum. Under the permission of President Roosevelt, Stokes assembles an unlikely platoon of art experts to enter into war-torn Europe and rescue thousands of years of cultural heritage before the Nazis and the Soviets get their hands on them.

Credit to Clooney for trying to evoke old-fashioned Hollywood movies as, for the most part, he succeeds. There's a pleasant feel to the proceedings that brings reminders of John Sturges' The Great Escape or Robert Aldrich's The Dirty Dozen. Like those films, it has an abundance of quality actors onscreen and despite their roles seriously lacking in characterisation they bring a certain playfulness and much needed charisma. In fact, if the stars weren't as easily watchable as they are then the film itself would completely fall flat. Despite it's easy going nature, though, there are glaring shifts in tone. Just as your relaxing into the whole caper vibe, it throws in some serious dramatic moments and events that are jarring. I suppose I may be being overly critical when the film is all about a race against fascism but it just struck me that Clooney couldn't fully realise his intentions here.

An admirable attempt to replicate an old-fashioned movie but it only really works on the surface. Once you dig a little deeper, it's all very two dimensional and superficial. That being said, if all you're looking for is some unabashed entertainment without having to think too much then this should go down without much fuss.

Mark Walker

Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

George Clooney is obviously no Robert Altman, which is made pretty clear in this excruciatingly dull fanfare that has no sense of structure, focus or pacing, while also offering empty characters and failing immensely in being funny as a comedy or honest as a drama.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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