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Watchmen Reviews

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Bruce Bennett
Stop Smiling
February 17, 2014
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.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 5, 2009
Dissatisfying both as an adaptation and as a standalone work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
March 6, 2009
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but unfortunately Snyder's Watchmen is not nearly as special as Moore and Gibbons' graphic novel. Just please take it easy on me. As they say, don't shoot the messenger. Right?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
March 4, 2009
Watchmen is a perfect example of how material, no matter how reverentially treated and massaged, often loses something critical in translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 4, 2009
Watchmen feels constantly torn between reshaping the story for the big screen while including enough visual and verbal quotations from the original work to keep the fanboys happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 4, 2009
Zack Snyder's bloated screen adaptation will go over best with fanboys, fangirls, fanmen and fanwomen who give high marks for slavish fidelity to the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 6, 2009
The reverence is inert, the violence noxious, the mythology murky, the tone grandiose, the texture glutinous. It's an alternate version of The Incredibles minus the delight.
Mike Scott
July 24, 2009
If nothing else, Watchmen is a commendable feat of art direction. As far as finding a narrative rhythm, however, the film could have stood a little rescuing itself.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Attempts to add something to the original betray an artistic sensibility summed up with 'Whoa, cool!'
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 4, 2009
It should have remained what it was from the start: a masterpiece of vicious Cold War paranoia, completely and gut-churningly rendered on the printed page.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 26, 2009
The real disappointment is that the film does not transport an audience to another world, as 300 did. Nor does the third-rate Chandler-esque narration by Rorschach help.
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies
June 10, 2014
I truly wanted to love Watchmen, but I never warmed up to it and ended up only liking it in parts.
Edward Douglas
March 4, 2009
Zack Snyder's attempt at being faithful to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' vision is ultimately the film's biggest fault since it makes the flaws in the original source material far more obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Richard Roeper
March 13, 2009
Great book, mediocre adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 5, 2009
Stunning visuals with lots of thrilling, mindless action sequences don't compensate for an overstuffed, confusing plot and bland, forgettable superheroes that leave you feeling underwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
Robbie Collin
News of the World
February 24, 2009
Just another disappointment to add to the 'too good to be true' pile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Laremy Legel
May 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: C
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
March 7, 2009
Snyder is slavishly reverential to the source work. Too faithful, to the point that film's greatest irony is that it lacks an identity of its own.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
March 6, 2009
[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.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 4, 2009
A reverential photocopy of a superior original, it's often close to perfect, if also, to some extent, perfectly pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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