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The Monuments Men (2014)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 215
Fresh: 68 | Rotten: 147

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.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 35

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.



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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


Drama, Action & Adventure

George Clooney

May 20, 2014


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All Critics (215) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (147) | DVD (1)

The movie does a good job of illustrating why protecting art from the Nazi scourge was important but it's far less effective fleshing out the personalities of the people who did the protecting.

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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A frustratingly flat film that drifts from moment to moment with a curious lack of urgency and an overbearing sense of self-importance.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source:
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If The Monuments Men never overcomes its unwieldy structure and unevenness of tone, the film still manages to make a profound, even subtle point: that Hitler's darkest impulses and annihilating reach extended from human beings to history itself.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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This is a sturdy, old-school, big-scale Greatest Generation war movie. It's great escapism.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Think of them as Inglorious Art Historians. Only this PG-13 entertainment has little of the edge, however complicated, of Quentin Tarantino's 2009 Holocaust revenge flick.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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It's like an over-the-hill gang variant on The Dirty Dozen, except not as much fun as that sounds.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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The picture is a study of how Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs applies during a time when the only priority perhaps should be on the physiological.

August 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Forbes

A fidgety movie that because of its star wattage, great subject matter and shoehorned-in random jaunty moments sometimes entertains but never really satisfies.

June 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

By trying to follow closely the book on which it is based, no individual dramatic component of the film grabs the viewer. ... And then, there's no satisfying conclusion.

June 25, 2014 Full Review Source:

Sadly, this is a movie with all the right ingredients that have trouble coming together.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

While The Monuments Men boasts one of the most impressive casts seen on screen for a long time, the film is ultimately a letdown due to its sluggish pace and uneventful plot.

May 21, 2014 Full Review Source:

Fascinating story deserved better than this movie

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

It is a little difficult to generate dramatic tension about an art-salvage project when there is a world war going on around it.

April 28, 2014 Full Review Source: America Magazine
America Magazine

The film is so excited by the idea of itself that it never bothers to establish a rhythm.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
Columbus Alive

The Monuments Men is a collection of beautiful, individual cinematic moments, instead of the defining tapestry of an incredible story.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

The result is uneven and sluggish, with a collection of thinly sketched characters and trumped-up suspense.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source:

It's... a movie where the star power of an elite ensemble cast has been dimmed for the greater good, an interesting-but-dull true story has been embellished for the lesser good

March 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Flat and expressionless, like a punctured tyre that gets you to your destination yet denies you the pleasant diversion along the way.

March 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

IT'S disappointing that such a great cast and a wonderful fact-based men-on-a-mission story falls short of its potential.

March 15, 2014 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

Directing his fifth film, George Clooney uses the intriguing, fact-based premise to mount a surprisingly light-hearted romp across the battlefield as a gang of art experts...head for the front in search of art. It's sort of like Ocean's Eleven Go to War.

March 15, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

George Clooney's worst film to date, this is a congenial and inert story about irritatingly casual Americans saving Western Civilisation from the Nazis.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Screenwize

Clooney and Heslov fail to settle on a tone, or at least tie the contrasting moods together. There are daring feats and moments of tragic loss, bursts of sentiment and droll back and forth between Murray and Balaban's characters.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Clooney has too much reverence for his story, and as a result he does it about the biggest disservice possible: he makes it boring.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

For a film so boastful about preserving history, it seems all too content to commercialise its own story.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Impulse Gamer
Impulse Gamer

While it's an interesting tale, the screenplay does feel like it has too many characters and too many subplots.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

One day we'll discover George Clooney is actually a long-forgotten screen idol from Hollywood's golden age who became unstuck from time, and all of this will make total sense.

March 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Audience Reviews for The Monuments Men

George Clooney tells an intriguing story regarding art in The Monuments Men; just not in a
creative way.

Traversing 110 minutes of historical art seizing, the film portrays a level of staleness. The level of entertainment never hits a high; however, the story gets points for its so-called accurateness and character comradery.

The attempt at humor never works to its fullest, partly because the rest of the film steers more toward the drama and partly because it isn't funny. When it comes down to it, this is a minor blemish as this is more a dramatic adventure than anything else.There isn't much to fault with the cast. George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Cate Blanchett know what to bring with their performances. It's the characters themselves that are lacking.

The Monuments Men has its share of disappointing along with its share of praising critiques. Recommendable if time allows.
September 1, 2014
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August 1, 2014

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It took a really long time for me to connect with these characters and this story but eventually it felt worth my while. There are a few truly beautiful moments, but it's a film that struggles with pacing and tone - it flirts with the whimsy of Kelly's Heroes but becomes much more of a historical drama, in the end, (never mind that the drama never quite gets intense enough). The stakes never quite resonate - maybe because the ensemble's too big, and the story gets spread too thin between so many characters? - and as a whole, the movie is too glossy or something; it just doesn't feel important. But it's pleasant to watch and Cate Blanchett steals every scene she's in, so there's that. Another so-so George Clooney-directed movie, in all.
July 29, 2014

Super Reviewer

The film has great costumes and is effective as a period film, but it lacks the drama of war and -- unless you already knew the history before watching the movie -- it is episodic and hard to follow. George Clooney and Bob Balaban gave particularly memorable performances, but the film seemed more dedicated to making a monument to the ensemble cast than to remembering the heroic work of a group largely forgotten in history.
July 21, 2014

Super Reviewer

    1. Claire Simone: Will you stop speaking French? or what ever language you're speaking?
    2. James Granger: If it wasn't for us, you'd be speaking German.
    3. Preston Savitz: No. If it wasn't for you, I'd be dead. But I'd still be speaking French.
    – Submitted by Yessica A (4 months ago)
    1. German Soldier at Ghent: John Wayne...
    2. Richard Campbell: Yes, John Wayne...
    – Submitted by Sean R (7 months ago)
    1. Richard Campbell: Right now, you wish that German had shot you.
    – Submitted by Sean R (7 months ago)
    1. James Granger: How many men?
    2. Frank Stokes: For now six.
    3. James Granger: Jesus!
    4. Frank Stokes: With you that's seven.
    5. James Granger: That's much better.
    – Submitted by Charles M (7 months ago)
    1. James Granger: If it weren't for us, you'd be speaking German.
    – Submitted by Trina B (7 months ago)
    1. Frank Stokes: Your lives are more important than a piece of art.
    – Submitted by Trina B (7 months ago)
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