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Watchmen (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 294
Fresh: 190 | Rotten: 104

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: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 52
Fresh: 24 | 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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Those unfamiliar with the work may be completely bewildered, but stick with it -- this is a bold and uncompromising take on one of the genre's sacred cows that stands up to repeat viewings.

June 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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For such an epic spectacle, it's not burdened by a lot of clutter. It's intellectual complexity seems well-earned, not gratuitous. It's also visually stunning.

June 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Maclean's Magazine
Maclean's Magazine

I truly wanted to love Watchmen, but I never warmed up to it and ended up only liking it in parts.

June 10, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Undeniably, skilfully and wholeheartedly realized by Zack Snyder, the impossible now exists: Watchmen isn't just a movie, it's a great movie.

June 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

Snyder has done a good job of staying true to the source material.

June 10, 2014 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Outside of Haley's turn as Rorschach, the cast generally flounders on a raft of exposition-heavy words bobbing in an uncaring sea of ambitious visuals.

February 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Stop Smiling
Stop Smiling

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
Movie Talk

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)
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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
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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.
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    1. Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl: Is that bean juice?
    2. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Yeah, human bean juice.
    – Submitted by Jazen H (31 days ago)
    1. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: The world will look up and shout, 'Save us!'
    2. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: And I'll whisper, 'No.'
    – Submitted by Matthew B (2 months ago)
    1. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Rorschach's Journal: October 12th, 1985. Tonight, a comedian died in New York.
    – Submitted by Matthew B (2 months ago)
    1. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: You still calling me Walter. I don't like you.
    – Submitted by Carlos Manuel R (12 months ago)
    1. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Do It!
    – Submitted by Alex K (14 months ago)
    1. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Men get arrested. Dogs get put down.
    – Submitted by Alex K (14 months ago)
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