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Watchmen (2009)

Watchmen Reviews

  • Zack Snyder delivers Alan Moore's epic superhero saga to the silver screen with uncompromising vision and adoration.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Watchmen isn't boring, but as a fragmented sci-fi doomsday noir, it remains as detached from the viewer as it is from the zeitgeist.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

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

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • 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.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • As the story proceeds, however, it grows plodding, convoluted and forgettable.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Sad to say, the much-anticipated adaptation of the world's most celebrated graphic novel is long, dull and sinks under the weight of its reverence for the original.

    Philip Kennicott — Washington Post

  • Overall, Snyder has given us a Watchmen that's visually faithful to the original to the point of panel-by-panel fetishism, and that may be enough for many members of the cult.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Its failure is one of imagination -- although faithfully approximating Dave Gibbons's original drawings, the filmmakers are unable to teleport themselves to the level of the original concept.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • The most pleasant surprise in the movie adaptation of Watchmen is the pop-art fusion set off by placing superheroes in a 'real' world.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • As transferred to the big screen by director Zack Snyder, Watchmen is often visually stunning but also confusing and scattered.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • Watchmen is a two-hour, 42 minute ride through a dystopian scape with appropriately twisting and conflicted story lines.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • ... A bizarrely bleak blockbuster, as director Zack Snyder ("300") turns the rich, revisionist, justly praised, 12-part 1986 comic book into nothing less than an attempt to decode 20th century America through its pop culture and vice-versa.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • They've made the most reverent adaptation of a graphic novel ever. But this kind of reverence kills what it seeks to preserve. The movie is embalmed.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Incoherent, overblown, and grimy with misogyny, Watchmen marks the final demolition of the comic strip, and it leaves you wondering: where did the comedy go?

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • Another bold exercise in the liberation of the superhero movie.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The result is oddly hollow and disjointed; the actors moving stiffly from one overdetermined tableau to another.

    Noah Berlatsky — Chicago Reader

  • This movie will shake your windows and rattle your walls. At least it will for a couple of hours, before 40-odd minutes of draggy, comic-book exposition smother the wild, subversive superhero business that came before.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

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