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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 commando whose mysterious free fall out a window perks the interest of one of the country's last remaining vigilantes, Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley). His investigation leads him to caution many of his other former costumed colleagues, including Dr. Manhattan, Night Owl (Patrick Wilson), Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), Sally Jupiter (Carla Gugino), and her daughter, The Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman). Heralded for bringing the world of superheroes into the literary world, Watchmen gave the super-powered mythos a real-life grounding that had been missing in mainstream comics to that point. The film adaptation had languished in one form of development hell or another for years after the book's release, with various directors on and off the project, including Terry Gilliam, David Hayter, and Darren Aronofsky, as well as Paul Greengrass, whose eventual dismissal stemmed from budget conflicts with the studio. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovimore
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
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Billy Crudup
as Dr. Manhattan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
as The Comedian
Malin Akerman
as Silk Spectre
Matthew Goode
as Ozymandias
Carla Gugino
as Sally Jupiter
Stephen McHattie
as Hollis Mason/Nite Ow...
Rob La Belle
as Wally Weaver
Laura Mennell
as Janey Slater
Matt Frewer
as Edgar Jacobi/Moloch ...
Robert Wisden
as Richard Nixon
Gary Houston
as John McLaughlin
Mary Ann Burger
as Eleanor Clift
Jerry Wasserman
as Detective Fine
Don Thompson
as Detective Gallagher
Frank Novak
as Henry Kissinger
Sean Allan
as NORAD General
Garry Chalk
as NORAD General
Ron Fassler
as Ted Koppel
Stephanie Belding
as Janet Black
Michael Kopsa
as Paul Klein
William Taylor
as Prison Psychiatrist
Chris Burns
as Dumb Thug
Malcom Scott
as Fat Thug
Nhi Do
as Vietnamese Girl
Walter Addison
as Lee Iacocca
David Mackay
as Child Murderer
Stephanie Belding
as Janet Black
John Shaw
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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