Watchmen

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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 andWatchmen 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39
  1. 100
    Director Zack Snyder's cerebral, scintillating follow-up to "300" seems, to even a weary filmgoer's eye, as fresh and magnificent in sound and vision as "2001" must have seemed in 1968, yet in its eagerness to argue with itself, it resembles "A Clockwork Orange."
  2. 100
    A terrific comic-book movie, the most completely satisfying and unsettling one I've ever seen.
  3. Watchmen is a fitting tribute to Alan Moore's fascinating graphic novel, even if he refused to let his name be used in the credits.
  4. Snyder stands revealed here as more of a beginner than a visionary in his uncertain approach to making an on-screen world come alive.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    In the canon of comic-book movies, it's not as campy bad as the "Batman" starring George Clooney, but nowhere near the caliber of the Spider-Man movies or "The Dark Knight." It may have more style, but it's only a jot more entertaining than "Catwoman."
  6. 50
    Watchmen is indeed gorgeous, with Gibbons' original work reproduced and – in some cases – improved upon by detailed F/X, but even at a healthy two hours and 41 minutes the story feels truncated. Even abrupt.
  7. Elegance isn't Zack Snyder's bag; a certain sort of impact is. Watchmen establishes him as Hollywood's reigning master of psychic suffocation.

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  1. Fred
    Mar 6, 2009
    10
    Love it!, though i missed like 5 - 10 minutes of the movie because the stupid ppl playing it. Good enough story and action to keep me Love it!, though i missed like 5 - 10 minutes of the movie because the stupid ppl playing it. Good enough story and action to keep me enjoying it while never reading a comic in my life, let alone watchmen. Expand
  2. JoshW
    Mar 16, 2009
    10
    I had never heard of Watchmen until recently so I decided to but the graphic novel before seeing the film. I know the hardcore fanboys are I had never heard of Watchmen until recently so I decided to but the graphic novel before seeing the film. I know the hardcore fanboys are getting ridiculously distraught over what has been changed etc but in my opinion Zack Snyder has taken a good book that in places was boring and downright stupid (squid anyone?) and made it into a brilliant film that stays faithful to the novel whilst also improving many scenes and especially improving the end (especially between Nite Owl and Ozzy). Well made, well acted (nixon looked idiotic though with THAT nose) and I cannot wait for the blu ray edition. Expand
  3. Mar 17, 2011
    10
    A fantastic film. The story, the setting, the characters, everything works perfectly to create this dark alternate reality. Zach Snyder hasA 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. JaredB.
    Mar 6, 2009
    9
    Great movie for fans of the graphic novel, but I'd imagine newcomers would have a harder time getting into it. They left out a few parts Great movie for fans of the graphic novel, but I'd imagine newcomers would have a harder time getting into it. They left out a few parts that I think should have been included (but hey every Watchmen fan probably thinks this). Expand
  5. AlexP.
    Mar 8, 2009
    8
    Faithful, Visually compelling. The silk spectre/nite owl romance is boring, but the rest of the movie is spot on. Rorscach is particular is Faithful, Visually compelling. The silk spectre/nite owl romance is boring, but the rest of the movie is spot on. Rorscach is particular is brilliant. Expand
  6. THATMOVIEGUY
    Mar 16, 2009
    6
    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 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
    0
    Sieve with microscopic holes, looks fine, but all the meaning just pours right through.

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