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  • 3.0

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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

    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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  • 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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  • 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
  • message true1

    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 true1

    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 false2

    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 false0

    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 false2

    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.