The Monuments Men Reviews

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January 2, 2018
George Clooney's simplistic wartime art heist movie staggers between parody and sincerity, failing at both.
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.
February 14, 2014
This is by no means a short film, yet somehow none of the characters, or any of their detective work, has time to make an impression.
February 13, 2014
By no means a cheap forgery, but no masterpiece either.
February 9, 2014
The movie does a good job of illustrating why protecting art from the Nazi scourge was important but it's far less effective fleshing out the personalities of the people who did the protecting.
February 9, 2014
This displays none of the nimble-witted sleight of hand, nor indeed old-fashioned suspense, of Argo, the last historical caper movie with which Clooney was involved.
February 7, 2014
A frustratingly flat film that drifts from moment to moment with a curious lack of urgency and an overbearing sense of self-importance.
February 7, 2014
If The Monuments Men never overcomes its unwieldy structure and unevenness of tone, the film still manages to make a profound, even subtle point: that Hitler's darkest impulses and annihilating reach extended from human beings to history itself.
February 7, 2014
Think of them as Inglorious Art Historians. Only this PG-13 entertainment has little of the edge, however complicated, of Quentin Tarantino's 2009 Holocaust revenge flick.
February 7, 2014
It's like an over-the-hill gang variant on The Dirty Dozen, except not as much fun as that sounds.
February 7, 2014
Clooney's movie is a slow-witted, occasionally agreeable retread of numerous WWII band-of-brothers flicks its director no doubt watched on TV as a 1970s teenager.
February 7, 2014
This is a solid albeit slow-building film with few dull moments.
February 7, 2014
I can't think of another movie that feels as simultaneously rushed and leisurely.
February 7, 2014
In The Monuments Men, director George Clooney takes a wild, stranger-than-fiction true story and turns it into a dull, prestigious slog.
February 7, 2014
It's the kind of film that you'll stumble across on TV, watch for a few minutes thinking, "This is all right, I don't know why everybody was so hard on it," then change the channel.
February 7, 2014
The high-minded message about preserving Western civilization often feels at odds with the movie's half-hearted heist-flick approach.
February 7, 2014
Clooney's obviously going for old-school charm and camaraderie here, but the first half of the film is so scattered, and the characters are so lacking in specifics, that a sense of group bravado never feels earned.
February 7, 2014
Alas, it's a throwback that's thrown its back out - limping along, trailed by battalions of stereotypes and ammo rounds of cliche.
Top Critic
February 6, 2014
There's lots of information, some nice images, plenty of earnest sermonizing about culture and almost no suspense, or tension, or character development, or structure. Or, well, art.
February 6, 2014
At times, this fact-based film feels like a breezy heist flick, while at others it's a somber tribute to the sacrifices of war. The two tones don't harmonize, and they never ring true.
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