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  • Summary: Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the outlawed but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion--a disbanded group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers--Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching the Watchmen? (Warner Bros.) Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39
  1. 100
    It's a compelling visceral film -- sound, images and characters combined into a decidedly odd visual experience that evokes the feel of a graphic novel. It seems charged from within by its power as a fable; we sense it’s not interested in a plot so much as with the dilemma of functioning in a world losing hope.
  2. 100
    A terrific comic-book movie, the most completely satisfying and unsettling one I've ever seen.
  3. 75
    Watchmen is a spectacularly violent movie.
  4. The most pleasant surprise in the movie adaptation of "Watchmen" is the pop-art fusion set off by placing superheroes in a "real" world. The film's biggest challenge – and accomplishment – was making that plausible.
  5. 50
    Watchmen is worth seeing, fan or no, for Haley's squirmy presence alone, and all the other characters are also well-served.
  6. Watchmen is a bore. Sad to say, after a wait of more than two decades, the much-anticipated adaptation of the world's most celebrated graphic novel is long, dull and subject to what might be called the "Lord of the Rings" problem: It sinks under the weight of its reverence for the original.
  7. 20
    The problem is that Snyder, following Moore, is so insanely aroused by the look of vengeance, and by the stylized application of physical power, that the film ends up twice as fascistic as the forces it wishes to lampoon.

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  1. AlexV.
    Mar 6, 2009
    Unbelievable imagery and vision. Action pack sequences with romance in between. A true Masterpiece. The graphic novel will never be topped, but the movie gives a unique demonstration of Snyder's vivid imagination. Kudos to all cast and crew that developed an ultimate classic into an explosion of beauty phenomenon in 2 hours and 35 minutes. p.s. great job Tyler Bates with an INCREDIBLE soundtrack Expand
  2. RyanL
    Mar 15, 2009
    While some people had a problem with the ending straying from that of the graphic novel I like it more because it gives it makes it more personal and direct to the story. Other than that it perfectly represents the novel (or as much as is possible in 2:45), which was perfect itself. Expand
  3. Mar 17, 2011
    A fantastic film. The story, the setting, the characters, everything works perfectly to create this dark alternate reality. Zach Snyder has done it again, creating another beautiful world for another great film. Expand
  4. KatyD
    Mar 7, 2009
    A great adaptation, true to the original themes and tones. Great cast and visual style. An excellent movie going experience.
  5. EthanB,
    Mar 9, 2009
    Don't believe the negative reviews. Dense and very visual film. A hard 'R' rating but necessary. Faithful to the comic. Necessary omissions and over-simplifications for movie format. Still miss the giant squid though. Expand
    Mar 16, 2009
    B- for effort. However, if you guys want to see an actual 10 out of 10, stunning visual representation of the Watchmen comic... Get the Watchmen 6 hour Animated Comic. It's a totally new medium of art that going overlooked, and one of the greatest films you could watch right now! Why? Because it's a frame for frame (not recreation with "decent" actors and an action/horror director) COMIC with GREAT VOICE ACTING and subtle not over the top animation of the actual comic, WATCHMEN. Go see it, after you leave this "alright" film, please. And if you like it, tell more people! Expand
  7. Tedcook
    Mar 6, 2009
    Sieve with microscopic holes, looks fine, but all the meaning just pours right through.

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