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The Monuments Men Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
The movie's biggest sin is a complete and utter lack of dramatic tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
June 21, 2016
It has its heart in the right place and Clooney does a technically proficient job, but there's no denying that it is a significant disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jason Bailey
June 18, 2016
If you've ever doubted how thoroughly a poor score can wreck an otherwise perfectly acceptable motion picture, get thee to 'Monuments Men.'
Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
June 16, 2016
'Monuments Men' is the vapidly-told story of the men who set out to thwart ol' Schicklgruber's (Hitler's father's real name) dastardly, top-to-bottom European art-ransack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups
April 18, 2016
Clooney directed and co-wrote the movie, so let's give the guy credit for successfully pulling off its Ocean's 11-meets-The Dirty Dozen vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3 of 5
J. Olson
April 15, 2016
Plays like an outtake reel interspersed with scenes of real dramatic weight, making for one of the most uneven cinematic rides in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today
April 13, 2016
The Monuments Men is okay, if you don't expect too much from it. It's a fine rainy-Saturday movie. But shouldn't we expect more from our art?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Clooney's lugubrious direction mimics the worst of those star-studded early-1960s epics, with lots of long dissolves and chunky inertia.
Chris Stuckmann
April 23, 2015
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 | Original Score: C+
Alynda Wheat
People Magazine
December 28, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Will Leitch
December 27, 2014
Clooney's a great guy, but as a director, he's his own worst enemy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
David Denby
New Yorker
September 22, 2014
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.
August 1, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 28, 2014
A fidgety movie that because of its star wattage, great subject matter and shoehorned-in random jaunty moments sometimes entertains but never really satisfies.
Emily S. Mendel
June 25, 2014
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.
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
May 23, 2014
Sadly, this is a movie with all the right ingredients that have trouble coming together.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Beck
May 21, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 15, 2014
Fascinating story deserved better than this movie
John Anderson
America Magazine
April 28, 2014
It is a little difficult to generate dramatic tension about an art-salvage project when there is a world war going on around it.
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