Monte Carlo Reviews

  • It's all very silly and contrived, but it's also airy and agreeably laid-back, not unlike a decent vacation.

    Keith Staskiewicz — Entertainment Weekly

  • Its Noah's-Ark-like coupling aside, the movie is at times awkwardly charming and generally innocuous: the stepsister isn't the baddie, and female friendship isn't an impediment to a happily ever after.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Monte Carlo is all about deja vu, cobbling together elements from so many other sources it feels like movie stew.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The movie could have benefitted from shaving about 20 minutes off. There's no need to prolong the inevitable.

    Stephanie Merry — Washington Post

  • Were I a certain 12-year-old girl, "Monte Carlo'' would be a giant frosted pastry, even if that pastry tastes suspiciously like Gomez's 2009 Disney Channel Original Movie, "Princess Protection Program.''

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Director and co-writer Thomas Bezucha shows no particular flair for either of his jobs. But kids are unlikely to focus on the terrible editing, flat visuals, or lack of character development.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • After Selena Gomez's auspicious big-screen debut in Ramona and Beezus, Monte Carlo feels like two steps back for the Wizards of Waverly Place star.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • But it's Gomez, on the poster in a ball gown and cowboy boots, who will lure the audience into the theaters. And she is ... fine.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • It's chirpy, it's bright, there are pretty locations and lots happens. This is the kind of movie that can briefly hold the attention of a cat.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Disguises, deceptions -- you could call the narrative of "Monte Carlo" Shakespearean, but I prefer to consider Shakespeare's romantic comedies as "Selena Gomez-esque."

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The movie hits a surprising range of emotional grace notes, including several moments of genuine regret, and concludes with an understated moral lesson about the value of self-respect over social status,

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • For girls of a certain age (and their mothers), Monte Carlo hits the sweet spot.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Director Thomas Bezucha lingers too long on side plots and doesn't give the film emotional resonance.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • It all gets sappy and do-goody and the premise never holds water in the first place.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A frothy, innocuous smorgasbord of girlhood wish fulfillment that scores a direct hit with its target demo.

    Lael Loewenstein — Variety

  • For a movie called "Monte Carlo," this one keeps the stakes pretty low.

    Sara Stewart — New York Post

  • You take movies like this for what they are and for whom they're intended. But this script, this leaden direction ensures that even as the teen wish-fulfillment fantasy, complete with young women playing dress-up, "Monte Carlo" fails.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • The movie sputs out like fizzled fireworks in the Monte Carlo night.

    Greg Quill — Toronto Star

  • It provides young girls with some harmless wish-fulfillment without talking down to them, an increasingly rare quality in movies aimed at young people.

    Eric D. Snider — Film.com

  • Despite its soul-searching pretensions, the movie hinges on what is essentially a con -- one bereft of tension and so sanitized for young female viewers that little room is left for temptation or humour or good old-fashioned summer shenanigans.

    Jennie Punter — Globe and Mail

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