Watchmen Reviews

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July 23, 2019
When given a great story and told that his job is to simply adapt it, Snyder more than rises to the occasion.
April 14, 2013
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).
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.
March 13, 2009
Great book, mediocre adaptation.
March 9, 2009
Watchmen left me looking at the exit far more often than at the screen.
March 7, 2009
There's a saying that a masterpiece has already found its perfect medium. Snyder has done as good a job as anyone could have done. That's a loaded compliment. But as compliments go, it's a huge one.
March 6, 2009
Zack Snyder's film version of Watchmen is a grim and grisly excursion into comic-book mythology.
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.
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.
March 6, 2009
I think Snyder and his writers channel moments of the humanity and humor that's always present in Moore's work.
March 6, 2009
It wasn't that I wasn't engaged in some of the (many) story lines, it's just that there was never enough time spent with any particular one to so as to become emotionally involved ... which seem strange to say about a movie 165 minutes long.
March 6, 2009
Much more. Snyder and his writers have delivered a faithful translation, spinning the narrative out to 163 minutes -- which, I imagine, will please the novel's extremely vigilant fanbase.
March 6, 2009
[Snyder] seems only half aware that every adaptation must be some kind of betrayal - or remain a shadow of its source, like a pattern sketched in the dust of a dead planet.
March 6, 2009
Watchmen is a two-hour, 42 minute ride through a dystopian scape with appropriately twisting and conflicted story lines.
March 6, 2009
Snyder's last-ditch attempt to raise the geeky bar by introducing "real" people dressed up as heroes is more adolescent than adult, as is the addition of e nough soft-core 1970s bump and grind to win an 18 certificate.
March 6, 2009
It is dizzy, crazy and quite sexy - when it's not being self-indulgent and pointless. If it doesn't quite hang together or add up, or stick faithfully to the comic-book original, these offences aren't major. What a spectacle.
March 6, 2009
Dark arterial blood pools across pavements and leaks under doorways, as though to chasten us. Unfortunately, after two and half hours of this sanguinary spectacle it wasn't catharsis I felt; it was simple weariness.
March 6, 2009
At least it looks good, like a version of The Dark Knight coupled with Taxi Driver, and remains faithful to the skin if not the bone of Moore and Gibbons's astonishing vision.
March 5, 2009
As transferred to the big screen by director Zack Snyder, Watchmen is often visually stunning but also confusing and scattered.
March 5, 2009
Watchmen may be another comic-book blockbuster but, at its best moments, it's also a refreshingly provocative head trip.
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