the greatest stories in history ARE boring as hell and the movie makers attempt to make them into way more than a documentary, raise expectations to an audience, and then the audience comes away disappointed rather than uplifted over the actual facts. I'm terribly involved in a couple of series playing on the Discovery Channel right now that I find absolutely fascinating.....Castles is one and the other is Mysteries at the Museum. I record every program and watch them early in the morning or late at night when there aren't any interruptions to distract me and I can more appreciate the actual story....each episode has three different castles or museums with an artifact that people would normally not pay attention to even as they visit the museum and the story behind it (such as the small gray box that brought oxygen to the astronauts in Apollo 13 when they would have otherwise died and not made it home....duct tape saved their lives....the movie was exciting but in this series the focus was on the box that was preserved).
and I totally disagree with the critics. I think it offers an explanation to the general public of why art is important, and why it is worth preserving. Just because only two of the team dies isn't a reason to think the movie dull. The Monuments Men are a remarkable testament to the honour and fairness of the whole population of the US, even those who find art irrelevant and not worth any person's life.
Perhaps I might reccommend it to you as a very worthwhile watch when available, but it would be better not to see it cut up by commercials. It actually needs to be paid attention to as a statement of humanity, and man's place in the historical record so far. The most powerful scene, and one which perhaps they should have made more emphatic is the use of flamethrowers to torch much of a mine full of art, hundreds of thousands of works which we will never be able to see and to contemplate, and tens of thousands of lifetimes of the expression of the human soul.
I think it was as good as it could be, given the undramatic nature of their work. It might also give you some insight into why I get so exercised by that nasty little art miser Gurlitt hoarding tens of thousands of works which should be seen by anyone who is moved by them. It really isn't about monetary value, or private ownership, though that has its place. It's about spiritual value, and the truth of the heart and brain and soul, and about the people who went before us. The artists most of all, but the greatness of the US and the Allies (except perhaps the Soviet Union) in the 20th Century. and the tiny greedy man who set the world on fire because of his rank hatred of all mankind.