The Monuments Men (2014)

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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 … More

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
Runtime:
Sony Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Frank Stokes

as James Granger

as Richard Campbell

as Walter Garfield

as Jean Claude Clermont

as Preston Savitz

as Donald Jeffries

as Claire Simone

as Sam Epstein

as Viktor Stahl

as Colonel Wegner

as Priest (Claude)

as Commander Elya

as Colonel Langton

as Major Feilding

as Captain Harpen

as Rene Armand

as Aachen Vicar

as Hermann Goering

as Young French Girl

as Doctor

as Young Dying Soldier

as President Roosevelt

as President Truman

as German Commander

as German 2nd in Comman...

as Colonel at Caen

as St. Bavo Priest

as French Truck Driver

as Siegen Private

as Brit Private

as Brit GI Translator

as German POW

as Bruges Priest

as Colonel Gregg

as ADSEC Sarge

as Supply Sargeant

as Stahl's Child

as Shahl's Child

as French Armed Man

as Brit Private-Bruges

as Older Stokes

as German Soldier at Gh...

as Major Piper

as Sarge Near Altaussee

as Stahl's Wife

as Stokes' Son

as Stokes' Grandson

as Priest In Truck

as Jean Claude's Wife

as Voice of Campbell's ...

as Voice of Campbell's ...

as Voice of Campbell's ...

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
ChrisStuckmann.com

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
Deadspin

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

½

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

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

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

MrMarakai
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.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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