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Watchmen (2009)


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

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 24
Rotten: 28

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 1,051,663


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

R (for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
David Hayter , Alex Tse
In Theaters:
Jul 21, 2009
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Watchmen

All Critics (294) | Top Critics (52) | Fresh (190) | Rotten (104) | DVD (13)

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

Great book, mediocre adaptation.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
Top Critic

Watchmen left me looking at the exit far more often than at the screen.

Full Review… | March 9, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Zack Snyder's film version of Watchmen is a grim and grisly excursion into comic-book mythology.

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
The New Republic
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

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

Full Review… | June 10, 2014
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.

Full Review… | February 17, 2014
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.

Full Review… | July 16, 2013

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.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

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

Full Review… | September 29, 2012

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...

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
Movie Talk

It's... not bad.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

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

Full Review… | March 13, 2011
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.

Full Review… | March 7, 2011

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2011

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

Full Review… | December 5, 2010
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.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010

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

Full Review… | October 6, 2010
Cinema Autopsy

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

Full Review… | September 28, 2010
3BlackChicks Review

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

Who watches "Watchmen"? You do.

Full review coming to on August 25, 2013.

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

Watchmen Quotes

Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl:
Is that bean juice?
Rorschach/Walter Kovacs:
Yeah, human bean juice.
– Submitted by Jazen H (58 days ago)
Rorschach/Walter Kovacs:
The world will look up and shout, 'Save us!'
Rorschach/Walter Kovacs:
And I'll whisper, 'No.'
– Submitted by Matthew B (3 months ago)
Rorschach/Walter Kovacs:
Rorschach's Journal: October 12th, 1985. Tonight, a comedian died in New York.
– Submitted by Matthew B (3 months ago)
Rorschach/Walter Kovacs:
You still calling me Walter. I don't like you.
– Submitted by Carlos Manuel R (12 months ago)
Rorschach/Walter Kovacs:
Do It!
– Submitted by Alex K (15 months ago)
Rorschach/Walter Kovacs:
Men get arrested. Dogs get put down.
– Submitted by Alex K (15 months ago)

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