The Monuments Men
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"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."
‑ Emily S. Mendel,
"Fascinating story deserved better than this movie"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"This is a sturdy, old-school, big-scale Greatest Generation war movie. It's great escapism."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Scott Mendelson, Forbes
"Sadly, this is a movie with all the right ingredients that have trouble coming together."
‑ Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects
"It is a little difficult to generate dramatic tension about an art-salvage project when there is a world war going on around it."
‑ John Anderson, America Magazine
"A frustratingly flat film that drifts from moment to moment with a curious lack of urgency and an overbearing sense of self-importance."
‑ William Goss,
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A fidgety movie that because of its star wattage, great subject matter and shoehorned-in random jaunty moments sometimes entertains but never really satisfies."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"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."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"The film is so excited by the idea of itself that it never bothers to establish a rhythm."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
More reviews for The Monuments Men on Rotten Tomatoes