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Watchmen (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 289
Fresh: 187 | Rotten: 102

Gritty and visually striking, Watchmen is a faithful adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel, but its complex narrative structure may make it difficult for it to appeal to viewers not already familiar with the source material.

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 51
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 28

Gritty and visually striking, Watchmen is a faithful adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel, but its complex narrative structure may make it difficult for it to appeal to viewers not already familiar with the source material.

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300's Zack Snyder brings Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' critically acclaimed comic book Watchmen to the big screen, courtesy of DC Comics and Warner Bros. Pictures. Set in an alternate universe circa 1985, the film's world is a highly unstable one where a nuclear war is imminent between America and Russia. Superheroes have long been made to hang up their tights thanks to the government-sponsored Keene Act, but that all changes with the death of The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a robust ex-hero

Jul 21, 2009

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Watchmen the movie provides ample evidence that more is more, but less might have been closer to Moore in spirit (that is, anarchic, witty and compelling).

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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If you haven't read the source material I think you're going to dislike it even more than I did. So yeah, it's sort of bad news around here.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Great book, mediocre adaptation.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (37)
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Watchmen left me looking at the exit far more often than at the screen.

March 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (28)
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Zack Snyder's film version of Watchmen is a grim and grisly excursion into comic-book mythology.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (30)
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[T]there are problems both with the tale, which was an awful lot more subversive 20 years ago than it is today, and the telling, which in contrast to Moore's radical experimentation is disappointingly staid and straightforward.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: The New Republic | Comments (4)
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Snyder's film is a breath-taking epic, a compelling thriller and an ensemble character piece, far beyond our expectations of the genre.

July 16, 2013 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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Watchmen really does work as a film, by staying loyal to the book while still jettisoning the least cinematic elements. Snyder has flaws as a director - big, serious, massive, obvious flaws - but he's working with a goldmine of material here.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Everything in Watchmen matters: there are no small characters, no false leads, no flab.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

The fanboys who have seen the movie are raving about how faithful the film is to Alan Moore's vision - in fact, some have even suggested that what will annoy the notoriously testy writer the most is that the film actually improves on his ending...

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
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It's... not bad.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com | Comment (1)
Movies.com

This is not just a great superhero film, it's an important political debate.

March 13, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Watchmen isn't the best super hero movie ever made, but taken on its own, it's good. Snyder and company might not have made it to the bleachers, but at least they aimed for them, and there is certainly virtue in that.

March 7, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Comments (2)
ComingSoon.net

Hard to sit through, uneven but ambitious and inspired, and I don't want to see it again.

January 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

A magnificent attempt at Alan Moore's saga and a moving working of art...

December 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (3)
Cinema Crazed

The film is a ballsy, brainy, and thoroughly bloody examination of human nature, pop culture and 'the good old days' that never were.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comment (1)
Quickflix

Despite its flaws Watchmen is a stunning film that contains far more substance and intrigue than most comic book screen adaptations.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

Watchmen? Watch paint dry? 6 in one hand a half a dozen in the other..

September 28, 2010 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Comments (4)
3BlackChicks Review

Watchmen is one of those rare films which manages to intertwine several genres, without becoming a cluttered mess.

August 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Matt's Movie Reviews

Stylish to a fault, this graphic novel adaptation is never as good as its opening credit sequence.

April 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comments (12)
Cinema Sight

Intoxicante ejercicio visual que se aleja completamente de la cinta tradicional de superhéroes para adentrarse en el dilema moral de todo héroe que se sabe finalmente humano.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinenganos
Cinenganos

Buckets of gore, truckloads of angst, hot superhero sex, full-frontal radiation-monster nudity, soap opera machinations, pulp fiction voice-overs, weekend trips to Mars .. and enough back stories for the next half-dozen superhero movies.

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

Zack Snyder's direction is both strikingly beautiful--he and his crew obviously went to great pains to re-create the incredible art from the graphic novel--and strikingly brutal.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times | Comment (1)
Washington Times

Attempts to add something to the original betray an artistic sensibility summed up with 'Whoa, cool!'

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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Audience Reviews for Watchmen

One of my favorite superhero films. Dr. Manhattan was awesome! Ozymandias is a genius but sort of mystery to me. Rorschach sees the world a little too black and white for my taste but I gotta love his tenacity. Of course, Silk Spectre and Night Owl are my favorites.
March 26, 2014
Raajay

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It;s not fair for me to stick a rating on this as I am totally a non animanted, movie watcher, but for the 56 minutes I did watcg I'd have to give it 1 Star. 11-21-13
January 7, 2014
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Who watches "Watchmen"? You do.

Full review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on August 25, 2013.
August 1, 2013
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    1. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: You still calling me Walter. I don't like you.
    – Submitted by Carlos Manuel R (6 months ago)
    1. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Do It!
    – Submitted by Alex K (9 months ago)
    1. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Men get arrested. Dogs get put down.
    – Submitted by Alex K (9 months ago)
    1. Richard Nixon: The last gasp of the Harvard establishment. Let's see them think their way out of fission.
    – Submitted by In Your D (13 months ago)
    1. Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl: Maybe we should get a cab. These are bad neighborhoods.
    2. Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II: Yeah well, I'm in a bad mood.
    – Submitted by In Your D (15 months ago)
    1. Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl: You haven't idealized mankind. You've mutilated it! That's your legacy.
    – Submitted by In Your D (15 months ago)
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