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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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  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. NateR.
    Mar 6, 2009
    10
    It was extremely faithful to the book and was wonderfully well done. However, at times it was extremely cheesy at times (the sex scene)
  2. YonatanJ
    Mar 13, 2009
    10
    Perfectly captures the brilliant graphic novel.
  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. EricF.
    Mar 7, 2009
    9
    Excellent adaptation from the graphic novel. The reviewers who gave it poor reviews didn't read the graphic novel... sorry for giving Excellent adaptation from the graphic novel. The reviewers who gave it poor reviews didn't read the graphic novel... sorry for giving you a film that requires a little bit of work. I guess you're not used to that these days. Hollywood has gotten lazy. Expand
  5. SteveK.
    Mar 8, 2009
    8
    It's good. It's not the best superhero move ever made, and its not the best action movie ever, it's not the greatest It's good. It's not the best superhero move ever made, and its not the best action movie ever, it's not the greatest character-driven movie ever, and it doesn't have the best plot. But that doesn't mean it doesn't work for what it is, and that doesn't mean it's not done well. The critics missed the point - it's a comic book on screen, and one that's pretty fun to watch. Don't worry about it, and you'll probably like it. Expand
  6. ShawnB
    Mar 15, 2009
    6
    Decent, but not able to live up to its source material. Can't say it was a failure as a film but it was a bit of a disappointment to Decent, but not able to live up to its source material. Can't say it was a failure as a film but it was a bit of a disappointment to someone who had read the original story. 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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