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The Monuments Men

HD   PG Closed Captioning

George Clooney

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Plot Summary

In the midst of WWII a small group of art experts are commissioned by Roosevelt as soldiers and sent to the european theater to protect historically important buildings and monuments, and to locate vast troves of priceless art looted by the nazis. Discovering art in castles and mines, they race against time as the nazis scramble to destroy everything they can.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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31%
  • Reviews Counted: 224
  • Fresh: 69
  • Rotten: 155
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Clooney's movie is a slow-witted, occasionally agreeable retread of numerous WWII band-of-brothers flicks its director no doubt watched on TV as a 1970s teenager. – Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Feb 7, 2014

Rotten: 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. – David Denby, New Yorker, Sep 22, 2014

Rotten: 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, Feb 9, 2014

Rotten: 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, Feb 7, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Extremely Boring

An absolutely terrible movie that had poor character development, it felt drawn out and boring, and finally historically inaccurate. Don't watch this American propaganda!

Falls short

I really wanted to like this movie more…I really did. George Clooney is a great actor and a good director…Matt Damon is a great actor…the subject matter is unique to recent war film genre… It had a chance but…it mostly fails.
The character development is virtually non-existent and the talent is squandered as a result. I could forgive the historical inaccuracies if the story had hung together better and if the script had kept the lead characters together rather than spread over 4 related though disjointed "missions". Had George et al elected to keep the ensemble together throughout the film and developed their relationships and reasons for being there in the first place this may have been a better story. I'm glad George worked his father into the movie but, it comes off as neither an homage to the similar effect employed by Spielberg in Saving Private Ryan nor particularly moving in terms of the suggested sacrifices of those who were the "Monuments Men"…
With all the potential this movie had; acting talent, subject matter, director etc this should have been a MUCH better movie. It's neither tragic nor funny nor thought-provoking but if you want a reasonably light WW2 period piece - go for it.

Terrible. Appallingly bad.

Clooney should stick to acting, not writing or directing. Everything was trite and jejune about this picture, so much so that even a smart acting cast of recognizable 'characters' couldn't lift the sloppy tripe off the page. Clearly Clooney called in some acting chum favours to give this production 'mainstream' appeal, but seriously, it is appallingly bad. Steer clear, not worth 2 hours + of your time, even if you 'like' some of the players. Word of advice ~ if the storyline appeals, scare up a copy of 'The Train' starring Burt Lancaster. Now THAT is a darn good movie!

The Monuments Men
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2014

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