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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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)."
‑ Tom Charity,
"Watchmen left me looking at the exit far more often than at the screen."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Jamie Russell, Radio Times
"Undeniably, skilfully and wholeheartedly realized by Zack Snyder, the impossible now exists: Watchmen isn't just a movie, it's a great movie."
‑ Katherine Monk,
"Snyder's film is a breath-taking epic, a compelling thriller and an ensemble character piece, far beyond our expectations of the genre."
‑ Simon Foster,
"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."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"Zack Snyder's film version of Watchmen is a grim and grisly excursion into comic-book mythology."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York 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."
‑ Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's Magazine
"Snyder has done a good job of staying true to the source material."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"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."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Great book, mediocre adaptation."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"[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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"I truly wanted to love Watchmen, but I never warmed up to it and ended up only liking it in parts."
‑ Jim Vejvoda, IGN Movies
"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."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Stop Smiling
"Everything in Watchmen matters: there are no small characters, no false leads, no flab."
‑ Ali Gray,
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