Watchmen (2009)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 6, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Tom Charity

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).

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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

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Matt Singer
The Rumpus

The only way to truly adhere to Alan Moore's vision of Watchmen would be to not make the movie in the first place.

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Laremy Legel

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.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

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

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Watchmen isn't your typical caper flick filled with kickass effects and gunfire and no premise.

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Richard Roeper

Great book, mediocre adaptation.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

[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.

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Aaron Asadi

[Zack] Snyder's Watchmen is mechanical, heartless and, tragically, hollow.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
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… More
Wildaly M
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… More
Kevin M. Williams
Pretty rich and involving superhero tale that happens w/o the prerequisite bad guys but (as in the comics of old) with the heroes struggling with one another in… More
Bruce Bruce
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… More
Phil Hubbs
Fresh off his major slow motion success with '300' Mr Snyder undertook this dark epic comicbook adaptation. The comics are set within an alternative… More
Josh Morris
Watching Watchmen is a plastic and sterile experience. Disappointing and surprising, since I'm a big fan of the Allan Moore comic (he took his name off… More