Watchmen (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Alex Tse, David Hayter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 21, 2009
Box Office: $107.5M
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as Dr. Manhattan

as The Comedian

as Silk Spectre

as Ozymandias

as Sally Jupiter

as Hollis Mason/Nite Ow...

as Wally Weaver

as Janey Slater

as Edgar Jacobi/Moloch ...

as Richard Nixon

as John McLaughlin

as Eleanor Clift

as Detective Fine

as Detective Gallagher

as Henry Kissinger

as NORAD General

as NORAD General

as Ted Koppel

as Janet Black

as Paul Klein

as Prison Psychiatrist

as Dumb Thug

as Fat Thug

as Vietnamese Girl

as Lee Iacocca

as Child Murderer

as Doug Roth
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Critic Reviews for Watchmen

All Critics (294) | Top Critics (52)

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).

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 10, 2014
Radio Times

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.

Full Review… | June 10, 2014
Maclean's Magazine

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

Full Review… | June 10, 2014
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.

Full Review… | June 10, 2014

Audience Reviews for Watchmen

I had never read the graphic novel till about a year and half ago. I had really missed out on something awesome. Now for the movie it was not disappointing in any way to me. The changes being only a one time reader of the graphic novel I didnt notice too much. There were many parts though from the novel that jumped right out at me and that was impressive. I thought as a whole it was a very well done and solid movie. Darker than most superhero flicks, as the comic was darker and changed the way comics were forever.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


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.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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