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On DVD: May. 20, 2014 | On Blu-ray: May. 20, 2014

The Monuments Men Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

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  • 3.0
    52

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Clooney has transformed a fascinating true-life tale into an exceedingly dull and dreary caper pic cum art-appreciation seminar — a museum-piece movie about museum people.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The movie's tone is at war with its subject, and sometimes with its wavering self.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Genial and well-intentioned, but tepid.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Something less than monumental, The Monuments Men wears its noble purpose on its sleeve when either greater grit or more irreverence could have put the same tale across to modern audiences with more punch and no loss of import.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Clooney's attempt to honor unsung real-life heroes while recapturing the ensemble pleasures of some well-remembered Hollywood war pictures, notably "The Great Escape" and "The Guns of Navarone," comes off as a modestly accomplished forgery at best.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice Stephanie Zacharek

    The Monuments Men fails in its grand ambitions, but it's still satisfying in bits and pieces, like a busted statue. Even a tribute made of shining fragments counts for something.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    This is a solid albeit slow-building film with few dull moments.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Fact-based adventure with a few bloody battle scenes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Monuments Men is a fact-based war drama that feels like a cross between Ocean's Eleven and Saving Private Ryan and features some of the same actors. Expect some wartime violence, including some close-range shooting, and scenes with bloody and injured soldiers. Characters smoke frequently and drink occasionally, and there are a few swear words sprinkled throughout the high-stakes action.

  • Families can talk about the moral issue that comes up in the movie. Do you think it's worth sacrificing a your life to protect a piece of art? What value does art bring to society and culture?
  • What do you think the world would be life if the Monuments Men had failed, and so much irreplaceable art was lost forever?
  • What's the tone of the movie? Are we supposed to take the men seriously? What would have made this movie better?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Is a painting or statue worth a human life? Stokes and his men set off on an important mission to find and protect the artifacts that define Western culture, items that would be a terrible blow to humanity if they were lost or destroyed during war, and some circumstances force them to address this thorny question.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Stokes and the rest of the Monuments Men enter World War II, assigned not to kill or destroy, but to protect invaluable objects of art. It's a noble task, made more difficult by the death and destruction that surrounds them.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Several scenes feature wartime violence, including explosions and gunfights. One scene takes place in a battlefield hospital filled with bloody and dying soldiers. A few characters are shot, sometimes at close range.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Very tame flirting between two people who are thrown together during wartime, though the man chooses to be faithful to his wife.

  • language false2

    Language: Occasional swearing, including "sh-t," "hell," "Jesus Christ," and "goddamn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Many people smoke cigarettes, which was typical at the time. Some scenes feature people drinking wine, champagne, cognac and other beverages in social situations.

Fan Reviews provided by

4

Loved it by vfsn
My husband was the one that wanted to see this show...it was his birthday...so I went. Well I was wrong with my ideas about this show. I was surprised that none of this was taught to me when I was in school...it was interested, humorous, heartfelt. We truly enjoyed it.

4

The Monuments Men by datread
We were pleasantly surprised. Had seen some so-so reviews, but didn't agree with them. What a fascinating story; what these men did for the art world and history is immeasurable. People should see this just so they know what went on.

4

Monuments Men by louhiers
Very enjoyable movie with a good cast. Interesting bit of history about the recovery of art masterpieces that were stolen by the Nazis from occupied countries in WWII.

4

Good for History Buffs by junekid
Not sure why this movie didn't get better reviews. It was very entertaining; had humor and sentiment; teared up a few times. Found myself pulling for the heroes to get the job done. Any movie with Clooney and Dujardin has to be good.

4

Familiar Faces by babs517
interesting movie about a group of art historians and architects who were part of a US Army mission to find and save artwork and buildings during the final months of WW II. The script and acting are just good-not great . But it's fun to see familiar faces like bill Murray and John Goodman as well as Clooney and Damon. If you grew up hearing stories about WW II from family members and /or if you are an art lover, you'll enjoy this movie.

5

Great movie! by jslike01
I got so wrapped up in the movie that the 2 hours flew by quickly. It is a movie that leaves you with a wonderful feeling knowing that this really did happen. It is a must see for anyone who wants to come away from a movie with a glad feeling in their heart.

4

It's OK by mjustus2
It's not the best movie I've seen this year, certainly, and I think it condenses the timeline in such a way that it's difficult to follow, but it's OK.

5

Horray for these men by myvision
I really enjoyed this movie, I learned some things I didn't know went on during the end of the war. These men gave their lives to try to protect these items from our past for the future. It was amazing of their courage to do this. I don't care what people say about some of these paintings, that they are old. Or what your taste is. These items were done by masters of their time and carries on for centuries. There were some funny points and some to make you cry. This movie really opened my eyes to this issue. I think anybody who has any thought of what these men did during the war, go see this movie. I think the movie is more for adults. The actors were great, good choice to fill the personalities of each.

4

Tried and true blue movie by Debrak20
Excellent casting and sweet story. I loved the connection of the group and the love of art. It was slow moving, yet it had to be. The importance of that time . This story had to be told. I went with one of my BFF and we were delighted to see this. We loved the looks the friends gave each other and the knowing smiles and energy. What heroes and what wonderful humans we are. A feel good movie ...

4

Good Premise But Somehow Lacking by NewZooReviewToo
I was looking forward to seeing this given the topic. This story could have been told in a half-hour show on NatGeo. I'm sure it sounded like a good premise but it just didn't deliver. I can't see John Goodman as anything other than John Goodman, with some expressions and mannerisms reminding me of his character Dan Connor. I'm rating this a "Go" because it was pleasant and made for a good afternoon out of the house.

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