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Based on 43 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 52 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Who knew? The work of the Monuments Men is fresh territory for film, and Clooney builds the story with intriguing detail and scope. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The film depicts a treasure hunt, only in the sense that the movie has to have a running story. But it doesn't really trade on suspense or adventure, and in the few places Clooney pushes it that way, it doesn't feel right. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Genial and well-intentioned, but tepid. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

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

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Alas, it's a throwback that's thrown its back out - limping along, trailed by battalions of stereotypes and ammo rounds of cliche. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    There’s great repartee between its cast of this “based on a true [but forgotten] story” of World War II. Yet the film overall isn’t colorful enough. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 40
    Bob Mondello NPR

    There's lots of information, some nice images, plenty of earnest sermonizing about culture and almost no suspense, or tension, or character development, or structure. Or, well, art. show more

  • 59
    William Goss

    Monuments certainly isn’t unbearable to watch, but for all its quality pedigree and good intentions, the result is a frustratingly flat film that drifts from moment to moment with a curious lack of urgency and an overbearing sense of self-importance. show more

  • 88
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    This is their story. It is true. It is history. As a film, it is riveting, suspenseful, harrowing and exciting, and somehow, it also manages to be something rare among war pictures—a big-scale entertainment. show more

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  • April 12, 2014 menezelm
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    Thoroughly enjoyed it! Great story -- Glad it was told and glad I saw it. Kudos to these brave men who risked (and in a couple of cases, gave) their lives for such a noble cause. Good history lesson, wonderful opportunity to see amazing artwork up close, and very entertaining!!

  • March 22, 2014 llh0703
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    Why do viewers give it 69% and critics only the experts are looking for what? First, if you at all love art and expect to see these saved pieces (Mona LIsa, Brugges Madonna etc.) in your lifetime...Go! Go! see this picture. Made me come home to look up more. Thanks Mr. Clooney!

  • March 02, 2014 norvest
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    Well done. Structurally coherent. Superb acting. totally believable

  • February 27, 2014 wixie7
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    good movie, not great, interesting part of history, could have been on the history channel not on the big screen. just fell short but still worth seeing as the story is very interesting and good acting, just expect more from a cast like this.

  • February 27, 2014 deesd5
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    wait for it to show on showtime

  • February 25, 2014 Starbro1818
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    Interesting but not enthralling. Got restless watching it at times. Not a major production although story is real and worth telling but perhaps but adventurously.

  • February 25, 2014 onlyme772
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    We saw this movie yesterday...and found it to be very informative. I had NEVER heard of these men or the search for all the great art treasures taken by the Germans. This movie should be shown in all schools as part of 'history' class. Glad we saw it!!!

  • February 24, 2014 catronre
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    Monuments Men wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. It is a nice little, standard war story. It wasn't unforgettable but it does tell a story that needed to be told.

  • February 24, 2014 jplessl2000
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    I loved this movie. a bit of history


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