The Monuments Men
The Monuments Men (2014)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 20, 2014
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

David Denby
New Yorker

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.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian

Clooney's lugubrious direction mimics the worst of those star-studded early-1960s epics, with lots of long dissolves and chunky inertia.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This is a sturdy, old-school, big-scale Greatest Generation war movie. It's great escapism.

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Chris Stuckmann

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.

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William Goss

A frustratingly flat film that drifts from moment to moment with a curious lack of urgency and an overbearing sense of self-importance.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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Alynda Wheat
People Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Not bad but not too great either. With the subject matter and that cast this should have been so much better.
JY Skacto
George Clooney tells an intriguing story regarding art in The Monuments Men; just not in a creative way. Traversing 110 minutes of historical art seizing, the… More
Mark Walker
When George Clooney made his directorial debut in 2002 with the off-beat Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and followed it up with the superb McCarthyism drama… More
Daniel Perry
It took a really long time for me to connect with these characters and this story but eventually it felt worth my while. There are a few truly beautiful… More
Carlos Magalhães
George Clooney is obviously no Robert Altman, which is made pretty clear in this excruciatingly dull fanfare that has no sense of structure, focus or pacing,… More
Christian C
The film has great costumes and is effective as a period film, but it lacks the drama of war and -- unless you already knew the history before watching the… More