The Monuments Men
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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
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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 Monuments Men is a collection of beautiful, individual cinematic moments, instead of the defining tapestry of an incredible story."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"Flat and expressionless, like a punctured tyre that gets you to your destination yet denies you the pleasant diversion along the way."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"George Clooney's worst film to date, this is a congenial and inert story about irritatingly casual Americans saving Western Civilisation from the Nazis."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"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, Film.com
"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
"The result is uneven and sluggish, with a collection of thinly sketched characters and trumped-up suspense."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"IT'S disappointing that such a great cast and a wonderful fact-based men-on-a-mission story falls short of its potential."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
"Clooney and Heslov fail to settle on a tone, or at least tie the contrasting moods together. There are daring feats and moments of tragic loss, bursts of sentiment and droll back and forth between Murray and Balaban's characters."
‑ Craig Mathieson, Sydney Morning Herald
"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
"It's like an over-the-hill gang variant on The Dirty Dozen, except not as much fun as that sounds."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's... a movie where the star power of an elite ensemble cast has been dimmed for the greater good, an interesting-but-dull true story has been embellished for the lesser good"
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"Directing his fifth film, George Clooney uses the intriguing, fact-based premise to mount a surprisingly light-hearted romp across the battlefield as a gang of art experts...head for the front in search of art. It's sort of like Ocean's Eleven Go to War."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Clooney has too much reverence for his story, and as a result he does it about the biggest disservice possible: he makes it boring."
‑ Anthony Morris, The Vine
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