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Monte Carlo Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
October 18, 2011
Ridiculously contrived, superficial throughout and too sugary, 'Monte Carlo' is still too innocent and convivial to cast too many aspersions on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
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.
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
July 3, 2011
The movie sputs out like fizzled fireworks in the Monte Carlo night.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 2, 2011
The scenery is pretty, the actresses work hard and it all goes by fairly quickly, if unmemorably.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
July 1, 2011
Director Thomas Bezucha lingers too long on side plots and doesn't give the film emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
July 1, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
July 1, 2011
The movie hits a surprising range of emotional grace notes, including several moments of genuine regret, and concludes with an understated moral lesson about the value of self-respect over social status,
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 1, 2011
Even within the manipulative Princess-for-a-Day genre, Disney Channel product Selena Gomez's Monte Carlo is a chintzy knockoff.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 1, 2011
Director and co-writer Thomas Bezucha shows no particular flair for either of his jobs. But kids are unlikely to focus on the terrible editing, flat visuals, or lack of character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
July 1, 2011
Despite its soul-searching pretensions, the movie hinges on what is essentially a con -- one bereft of tension and so sanitized for young female viewers that little room is left for temptation or humour or good old-fashioned summer shenanigans.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
July 1, 2011
The movie could have benefitted from shaving about 20 minutes off. There's no need to prolong the inevitable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
July 1, 2011
For a movie called "Monte Carlo," this one keeps the stakes pretty low.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
July 1, 2011
It provides young girls with some harmless wish-fulfillment without talking down to them, an increasingly rare quality in movies aimed at young people.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 30, 2011
Monte Carlo is all about déjà vu, cobbling together elements from so many other sources it feels like movie stew.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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June 30, 2011
A frothy, innocuous smorgasbord of girlhood wish fulfillment that scores a direct hit with its target demo.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
June 30, 2011
A less-than-bubbly teen comic romp aimed at little princesses.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 30, 2011
It's unpleasant where it should be pleasant, convoluted where it should be streamlined, anxiety provoking where it should be easy, and long, long, long - at least 20 minutes longer than it has a right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
June 30, 2011
It's all very silly and contrived, but it's also airy and agreeably laid-back, not unlike a decent vacation.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 30, 2011
Disguises, deceptions -- you could call the narrative of "Monte Carlo" Shakespearean, but I prefer to consider Shakespeare's romantic comedies as "Selena Gomez-esque."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 30, 2011
None of this makes much sense - except for the clear message that Europe is more fun if you're rich - but it doesn't really need to.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 30, 2011
Its Noah's-Ark-like coupling aside, the movie is at times awkwardly charming and generally innocuous: the stepsister isn't the baddie, and female friendship isn't an impediment to a happily ever after.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 30, 2011
For girls of a certain age (and their mothers), Monte Carlo hits the sweet spot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 30, 2011
Were I a certain 12-year-old girl, "Monte Carlo'' would be a giant frosted pastry, even if that pastry tastes suspiciously like Gomez's 2009 Disney Channel Original Movie, "Princess Protection Program.''
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 30, 2011
It all gets sappy and do-goody and the premise never holds water in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
June 30, 2011
But it's Gomez, on the poster in a ball gown and cowboy boots, who will lure the audience into the theaters. And she is ... fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
June 30, 2011
Meester and Cassidy provide solid sidekicks, though that perhaps sells them short: They ultimately carry the movie. All of their storylines lead to self-discovery and sappiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 30, 2011
You take movies like this for what they are and for whom they're intended. But this script, this leaden direction ensures that even as the teen wish-fulfillment fantasy, complete with young women playing dress-up, "Monte Carlo" fails.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 30, 2011
The biggest of many problems with Monte Carlo is that the fantasy cannot possibly be enjoyed for a second, because the deception looms so large.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 30, 2011
It's chirpy, it's bright, there are pretty locations and lots happens. This is the kind of movie that can briefly hold the attention of a cat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4