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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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
I actually disagreed with the critics on this movie. Although this may not be the “movie of the year” or have the best breakout performance of the year, the plot was riveting, and the actors did a great job. The history of it was pretty cool, and I don’t understand what is not to love. Lets be honest here, it is February, and now is the “dumping ground” for all of the non-oscar movies. This being said, this movie is definitely worth watching!
So badly written, great actors couldn’t save it.
This movie really could have been awesome: It was sharing a great piece of history that deserves to be recognized and remembered and told, and it had an awesome cast. I sat in the theater and kept waiting for it to get better. It didn’t. The screenplay is just so badly written. There’s no build-up of the characters. One character dies and you really don’t care — they haven’t fleshed him or any other character out enough to make you fall in love with him. They haven’t built up the stakes of the mission or the importance of certain pieces enough. They don’t connect relationships and plot together. There’s no building of suspense, and there really could have been. This should have been an easy script to write! They did such a poor job, I walked out about 2/3 through the movie.
Got It Right
This is a fun movie everyone could see even though it is about serious, true events. It makes history and art available in fun-size form. I saw this movie on a dreary day with a diverse group (age, gender, etc.) and everyone came away smiling, laughing while quoting funny lines, more educated about the art of war so-to-speak, and glad we had seen it. Entertaining and informative, with a sweet surprise at the end.