BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: The Monuments Men Reviews

By Dr. Know on February 6th, 2014

Critic Reviews for The Monuments Men

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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.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: NPR
 

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At times, this fact-based film feels like a breezy heist flick, while at others it’s a somber tribute to the sacrifices of war. The two tones don’t harmonize, and they never ring true.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: Newsday
 

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Earnest and well-intentioned but ultimately inert, “The Monuments Men” talks a better game than it can deliver.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
 

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Despite its intrinsically fascinating subject matter and winning cast, The Monuments Men is no treasure.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: USA Today
 

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Because Mr. 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.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: New York Times
 

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Alexandre Desplat’s intrusive score keeps telling us what mood we should be in. Moods change from moment to moment, though, and not only in the action sequences.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
 

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The humility and devotion of the heroes cannot help but move us and, I hope, inspire us to treasure the masterworks they saved and the heroes who saved them.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: Beliefnet
 

Beliefnet

A giant mess tonally… It’s as if [Clooney] was caught in two minds as to which kind of movie he wanted to make.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
 

Bullz-Eye.com

Clooney shows us some of these treasures in intimate detail, imbuing the viewer with the same sense of urgency that the Monuments Men must have felt when trying to rescue them.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
 

Jam! Movies

The film isn’t a masterpiece, but it’s a fitting tribute to the men who put their lives on the line in the name of saving culture.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: Fresno Bee
 

Fresno Bee

Clooney, who’s grown into quite a versatile actor over the past decade, gives himself a role that he could phone in from his living room in Lake Cuomo.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: Us Weekly
 

Us Weekly

…so plodding, so unfocused, so full of trite lines…nothing but a huge bore.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
 

Tolucan Times

The Monuments Men positions itself to make a grand commentary on the importance of art and its preservation – and then says little on the topic.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
 

Dark Horizons

A morally cogent film based on a true story that lifts one’s spirits.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
 

Spirituality and Practice

For all of the excitement a true story like this could provide, it’s told with all the enthusiasm of an 8th-grade book report.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: Schmoes Know
 

Schmoes Know

Clooney as a director must be faulted here for captaining a production that, for all it’s potential greatness, ends up being a forgettable, boring mess.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: Schmoes Know
 

Schmoes Know

The Monuments Men’s mission to protect the world’s priceless art might’ve been interesting if it had actually been explained. Mostly though, we just get “Haha, look at the old guys try to soldier!”

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: FilmDrunk
 

FilmDrunk

Clooney has certainly created a throwback to old Hollywood war films, which is fine, but almost unsure of his own recipe, throws far too many ingredients into the mix ultimately creating a war film that is indeed enjoyable but suffers an identity crisis.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: FoxNews.com
 

FoxNews.com

A Clooney clunker. It’s drab and disjointed with underwritten and underdeveloped characters.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
 

Cleveland Plain Dealer

The movie doesn’t fully live up to all of these promises, but is still a satisfactory adventure worth exploring.

February 6, 2014Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
 

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