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The Monuments Men Rating: 2.43/5

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN

It’s evident from the repeated speeches Clooney makes about the value of art and culture that he remains committed to directing popular films that still manage to say something important about the world. But while The Monuments Men has a noble message at its heart, it’s just not very satisfying as a whole. I’m going with two out of five. A crushing disappointment.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World ( Hindustan Times)

This could have been The Dirty Dozen meets Ocean’s Eleven in the art world but instead we get a plodding ride through Europe as the men chase art-stealing Nazis. What is the relevance of art when millions are dying – Clooney answers this fundamental question with lectures on art being the very foundation of modern society. The action is tame and the humor, labored. Eventually the film feels like a tidy museum piece, too bland to even work as escapist adventure. I’m going with two stars.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Gavin Rasquinha Site:Times Of India

Based on a true story, The Monuments Men is immediately reminiscent of old school Hollywood films also set in World War II. The film itself looks terrific, thanks to cinematographer Phedon Papamichael’s mostly German locations and a misty, retro-looking palette. Unfortunately, the multiple scenarios make the story-telling a bit unbalanced at times. What overcomes this weakness is the fact that the film makes a profound point in a subtle way – that the Fuhrer’s ambitions if left unchecked would have been world-altering, in the most unsettling of ways.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:Rediff

It seems exasperating that with this amazing story — and, indeed, these stakes — Clooney couldn’t bring about a rousing, breast-beating, educative motion picture. He’s made The Monuments Men fondly enough to bring his father along to the party (dad Nick Clooney appears for one unmistakable moment) but affection or intent aren’t enough. Neither is merely pointing toward greatness. Such paintings, such sculptures, such little art.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site:DNA

Clooney seems unsure about the route he wants to take with this film. Somewhere in between attempting a comedy to addressing a serious topic like reserving cultural heritage and art, he fails to navigate his work in a steady direction. The jokes also seem sudden and stapled in to fill up the gaps. The cast has very little chemistry and even as a collective team look like misfits.  Second half loses steam early on and you can’t help but keep checking the dials of your watch. Die hard Clooney fans can make a beeline, the rest can wait for it to hit HBO.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Jack Doule (A.P) Site:NDTV

With this film, Clooney (who enjoys a self-satisfying scene telling off a Nazi) has erected a stiff monument, a worthy if undramatic tribute to those it’s based on. One wishes the movie had arrived 11 years earlier. Maybe it would have raised enough awareness to take precautions ahead of the toppling of Saddam Hussein, when Baghdad’s Iraq museum was looted of thousands of antiquities. The Monuments Men, a Columbia Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for some images of war violence and historical smoking.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Aubrey D Souza Site:Bookmyshow

The subject of this film is art and the people who attempt to save it. Art defines humanity as it gives the future generations a chance to look at the past. The essence of art is to exist. The movie shows us some amazing art work and the magnitude of the sacrifice that was needed to save such pieces. Some of the depiction of the paintings and sculptures are sublime. If you enjoy art, then you will enjoy the references to various masters. The movie’s point that to save a generation, lives will be lost however the creations of those people shouldn’t be.

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    Forced, forged and forgettable! Historic Disappointment!! [2.5/5]

    In the midst of World War II, when Hitler- the Fuehrer was busy slaughtering humanity, demolishing civilization and bull-dozing every pillar of culture here and there, a group of art-readers, historians and curators decides to locate and save the sculptures, paintings and art-materials captured in the war. Now this is based on a real story and it does sound an all exhilarating experience to relive-revive and retold on screen in a greater manner but sadly, written & directed by George Clooney THE MONUMENTS MEN dies a death of a promising idea gone lost in between. Despite being crispier in duration of the film, it looks forced, forged and forgettable event, in cinema at least.

    Lt. Stokes [played by Clooney himself] forms a squad of 7 art-lovers well-known for their experiences with art and certainly not with the war to search for stolen artworks in the war field. Like most in any mission, the troop includes a couple of grumpy, fighting for nothing old men [Bill Murray and Bob Balaban], one heavy, plumpy, stout man [John Goodman], one ever-smiling young man [Jean Dujardin] and a quite somber man with vision [Matt Damon]. The more disorganized team looks, the more thrilling experience it would promise to the viewers, that’s the unsaid rule of any mission oriented plot. THE MONUMENTS MEN had it in concept but soon they land on the ground level, Clooney fails to hold the plot together. The shattered screenplay couldn’t shift focus from talking endlessly about how important it is to save those artworks to the real action on real location.

    With a list of clean performers on board, beautiful cinematography, grandeur look, high-end production value, Clooney sets the atmosphere for a perfect war crime thriller but writing doesn’t support well in creating any recognizable nail-biting moment for instance. Scenes swing from one to other not much in concern to make story forward but establishing the actors and giving them a sustainable job. Humor is tried but doesn’t meet its desired end at most. Matt Damon trying his hands on different languages and every time people advising him stick to English only is one joke that gets repeated at regular. Luckily, that doesn’t go with Bill Murray and Bob Balaban. They are the only of the lot who gets maximum number of impressive scenes and some real comic ones. Cate Blanchett looks her part.

    Overall, where most Hollywood films have proved themselves in extracting the inhuman catastrophe of war and the heroic efforts to save mankind to its maximum and on a larger canvas, George Clooney’s THE MONUMENTS MEN fails to grip, grasp and grab preferred attention. It is a disappointment and an average heist movie with lesser number of hi-points. Avoid it even if you’re a hardcore fan of every actor in the brigade! [2.5/5]

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