Monte Carlo Reviews

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July 1, 2011
The luxurious Cte d'Azur town has never seemed so dull.
July 1, 2011
The movie could have benefitted from shaving about 20 minutes off. There's no need to prolong the inevitable.
July 1, 2011
For a movie called "Monte Carlo," this one keeps the stakes pretty low.
July 1, 2011
As a tween dream spin on Roman Holiday by way of Twelfth Night, it does its job quite nicely.
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.
June 30, 2011
Monte Carlo is all about dj vu, cobbling together elements from so many other sources it feels like movie stew.
June 30, 2011
A frothy, innocuous smorgasbord of girlhood wish fulfillment that scores a direct hit with its target demo.
June 30, 2011
A less-than-bubbly teen comic romp aimed at little princesses.
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.
June 30, 2011
It doesn't take much more to enchant the target audience than seeing the girls in their party dresses coming down the steps in slow motion on the way to the ball.
June 30, 2011
It's all very silly and contrived, but it's also airy and agreeably laid-back, not unlike a decent vacation.
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."
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.
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.
June 30, 2011
For girls of a certain age (and their mothers), Monte Carlo hits the sweet spot.
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.''
June 30, 2011
It all gets sappy and do-goody and the premise never holds water in the first place.
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.
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.
June 30, 2011
Selena Gomez may have shot to stardom as a bratty wiseass on Wizards of Waverly Place, but it's her featureless dramatic chops that best benefit Monte Carlo.
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