The Monuments Men

2014, War/History, 1h 58m

254 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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During World War II, the Nazis steal countless pieces of art and hide them away. Some over-the-hill art scholars, historians, architects and other experts form a unit to retrieve as many of the stolen masterpieces as possible. The mission becomes even more urgent when the team learns about Hitler's "Nero Decree," which orders destruction of the artworks if the Third Reich falls. Caught in a race against time, the men risk their lives to protect some of mankind's greatest achievements.

Cast & Crew

George Clooney
Frank Stokes
Matt Damon
James Granger
Bill Murray
Richard Campbell
John Goodman
Walter Garfield
Jean Dujardin
Jean Claude Clermont
Bob Balaban
Preston Savitz
Hugh Bonneville
Donald Jeffries
Cate Blanchett
Claire Simone
Holger Handtke
Colonel Wegner
Michael Hofland
Priest (Claude)
Zahary Baharov
Commander Elya
Sam Hazeldine
Colonel Langton
Miles Jupp
Major Feilding
Diarmaid Murtagh
Captain Harpen
George Clooney
Screenwriter
Grant Heslov
Screenwriter
Barbara A. Hall
Executive Producer
Phedon Papamichael
Cinematographer
Jim Bissell
Production Design
Alexandre Desplat
Original Music
Louise Frogley
Costume Designer
Helen Jarvis
Supervising Art Direction
Cornelia Ott
Art Director
Bernhard Henrich
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  • Feb 24, 2017
    Underrated feel good buddy comedy that has some older Allied gents trying to save art masterpieces from the clutches of greedy opportunistic Nazi types. While uneven this Clooney love child has it's moments.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2016
    The premise is fun, making you think of 70s WW2 caper movies. I don't know how they managed to combine such a fantastic cast and yet make every single character and actor feel underused. The decision to split up the team didn't help. The direction and look of the film are great and there are glimpses of what could have been. But the plot remains somewhat undecided, sometimes hinting at the terrors of war while being entirely unexciting at the same time. Entertaining but also a missed opportunity. Pity.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2015
    Not bad. I know the point that this film is trying to make, but I don't agree. I feel that art is very valuable, especially in a cultural sense, but most art is definitely not worth the risks that the characters go through in this film. The Monuments Men argues that many human lives, potentially losing battles to the Nazis, and almost stirring up conflicts with the Russians are all worth it if you can save a few pieces of art. Hell, one of the characters dies saving a fucking painting. This is where I didn't get the movie. You're going to honestly tell me that an old piece of canvas with paint on it is worth risking human lives over? Fuck no. It's not even like they were trying to save the Mona Lisa or the statue of David or something, though it doesn't make much of a difference to me. Okay, rant over. Anyway, this is a decent film, despite all the stupid points it tries to get across.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2015
    Not bad but not too great either. With the subject matter and that cast this should have been so much better.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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