The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men

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.

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.

2013Rating: M, Violence118 minsUSA, Germany
ComedyDramaTrue Story & BiographyWarHistorical
Director:
George Clooney ('The Ides of March', 'Good Night, and Good Luck', 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind')
Writer:
George ClooneyGrant Heslov
Cast:
Matt DamonGeorge ClooneyCate BlanchettBill MurrayJohn GoodmanJean DujardinBob BalabanHugh Bonneville

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The Monuments Men / Reviews

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

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.

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Variety

Variety

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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Total Film

Total Film

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.

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Time Out

Time Out

Things don’t exactly improve once the action shifts entirely to European soil... yet Clooney occasionally shows a surer hand.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

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

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Clooney and Heslov fail to settle on a tone, or at least tie the contrasting moods together.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Something less than monumental...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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

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