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Parents' Guide to

The Monuments Men

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fact-based adventure with a few bloody battle scenes.

Movie PG-13 2014 118 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 10+

Hidden side of WW2 - Plenty of war, but plenty of humanity and humor too

Good plot with well-known actors that reminds us of the value of culture and history - and the negative effects on society's root from a destructive war. After the movie we talked about Gaza, Syria, Rohingas, and how society feels with the Coronavirus lockdown. The struggle for preservative is played out well, despite plenty of cigarette smoking, some deaths (only some blood is shown), and minor romantic innuendo. Appropriate for 5th graders and above, to start drawing out the uplifting themes of honor, courage, chivalry, and the value of preservation.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 15+

Not best movie, but absolutely worthwhile topic

The beginning of this movie jumped around quite a bit as it put the background in place for the story, but it was not done very well and felt disjointed. We watched the latter 2/3 the next day, and that part was excellent. This is an amazing story to be told, and I am very pleased that we gave it a try.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (15 ):

The Monuments Men is jaunty, lively and yes, entertaining, and will appeal to teens who are fans of the big-name actors and enjoy an exciting mix of peril and adventure. Bill Murray and John Balaban might have smaller parts, but they're fantastic as treasure hunters, and deserve their own spin-off.

Nonetheless, the movie subverts its mission of convincing the audience that saving art is a big enough story to keep them engaged. Its tone is dissonant -- irreverent, yet serious. Perhaps it's not serious enough, because this mix almost makes it seem as if the filmmakers had doubts about convincing the audience about the seriousness of their endeavor -- Clooney's character, Stokes, makes speeches directly addressing this -- and hedged their bets by trying to be both tongue-in-cheek and earnest. The denouement feels flimsy, the big quest doesn't feel as weighty as it should. Plus, the film lacks a strong narrative arc, moving the action by following the unit from one point to the other while failing to build up any serious stakes.

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