The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men

(2013)

It was the greatest art heist in history.

George Clooney directs, co-writes and stars in this WW2 true story of the dedicated crew of art historians and museum curators who take up arms to recover pieces of art stolen by the Nazis. The all-star cast includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett.... More

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, these seven museum directors, curators, and art historians were more familiar with Michelangelo than an M-1. But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements.Hide

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Take an amazing true story of a mission to save Europe’s great artworks from the Nazis, add a great cast, including the likes of George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman, a decent budget and solid cinematography and you should get a thrilling tale of wartime derring-do. Clooney, who also directs and co-wrote the screenplay, may have been aiming at a sort of Oceans Eight Inglourious Art Basterds, but what he delivers is drab, uninvolving and emotionally flat as a canvas.... More

For a war movie it lacks great battle scenes. For a buddy movie it lacks character. Murray does deadpan Murray; Blanchett does a French accent; Gorgeous George sports a Clark Gable moustache. Also AWOL are the thrilling tension and team focus of great wartime capers, from The Dirty Dozen to Saving Private Ryan. Instead, Clooney’s cast split off for separate mini-missions. The tone too is scattershot, veering awkwardly from slapdash attempts at comedy to “people die, war is hell” moments of melodramatic mush.

As for the script? It’s tell rather than show, with Clooney literally resorting to lecturing us about the value of preserving culture, hammering home his point that art is worth dying for. Shame, because it’s a great premise for a movie or a TV series.

Next time Clooney erects a monument let's hope it's not this limp, because, in trying to do too much, The Monuments Men does too little, collapsing under the weight not of ambition, but mediocrity.Hide


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Normally I shy away from any movies that feature wars in a big way but this movie was completely different. I felt something for every single character on the screen. The heros (and heroine) are relatable and so well written that you can't help but cheer them on. The villains are not as stereotypical as most of the movies in this genre and you feel an intense dislike for them that can only be brought about by amazingly skilled writers.
The acting was beautifully understated and the story line... More was captivating. I cried, I laughed and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.Hide


BY Rhys-Rushton superstar

OK not a monumental fail as it was mildly entertaining and a little informative.

A HUGE cast, however they could not really unleash tier talents from a lacking script.

A miniature Eiffel 2/5 from me.


Big names doesn't necessarily make it a big hit. This was quite a big miss. Watch this on a Sunday when your snoozing on the couch. Zzzz... Is it over yet?!


BY CJRedshaw superstar

I was looking forward to this movie, the premise for it is great and the cast is a huge line up of highly successful actors. Sadly the film like many other warm time films before it has a very american weighted point of view. I would like to learn more about the true story to see how much of this is factual and well the story is portrayed before really making an argument for or against it authenticity. The cast really didn't live up to their credentials there were no real action scenes,... More whenever the story took a turn for the better it suddenly dropped of radar again the characters were not developed enough for relationships or a favorite cast member to develop. everything was almost great, at times it was slow and quite boring. Despite a great underlying message I did not really leave with anything from the film. Sadly it had the makings of a wonderful film but missed the mark and didn't deliver.Hide


I use FLICKS all the time when deciding on a movie and just wish I'd checked out your review before I shelled out my hard earned cash to see this. Sadly your review pretty much says it all. A very poor script, almost no attempt at creating characters and an opportunity to relate a fascinating true story that should have made for a great movie is squandered. Next time I'll make sure I check out your review before handing over my dollars and cents. It's not a bad movie - it just shouldn't be this... More dull. On a scale of awful to excellent it rates an "okay" from me, but with such a wonderful cast and such fascinating source material it should have been far better. Still, it made me want to read the book, so at least there's something good come from it.Hide


The Press Reviews

32% of critics recommend.
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  • Things don’t exactly improve once the action shifts entirely to European soil... yet Clooney occasionally shows a surer hand. Full Review

  • An amazing story and an amazing cast don’t always make an amazing film. Too light for drama, not funny enough for comedy; it’s unlikely anyone will ever risk their lives for this. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • While the film is often playful, it never attempts to be particularly funny. Full Review

  • Something less than monumental... Full Review

  • Episodic and never entirely cohering... has patches of excellence, but is inadequately constructed. Full Review

  • The jokey but rather awkward screenplay by Clooney and Grant Heslov, underwhelms. Still, the superb cast seize their opportunities and there are a few scenes of well-staged tension... Full Review

  • This amiably ancient film is all too stiff - as if Clooney feared that any sudden noise or action would wake his performers up. Full Review

  • Clooney can't figure out what kind of story this is, he too often slips into pandering mode, including in his own performance, which is filled with too many smiles and speeches. Full Review

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