San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Part conscious and part unconscious, Watchmen tells us of a world without hope and then makes us wonder if we're already living in it.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This movie will shake your windows and rattle your walls.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Even Watchmen fanatics may be doomed to a disappointment that results from trying to stay THIS faithful to a comic book.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The best moments in Watchmen, then, work as delirious music-videos.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Stumbles and sometimes falls on its top-heavy ambitions. But there are also flashes of visual brilliance and performances, especially from Haley and Crudup, that drill deep into the novel's haunted soul.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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."
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By Bob Mondello
The director recycles some of the better effects from his gladiator epic "300"...and he's being so faithful to the work of comics artist Dave Gibbons that he might as well have used the graphic novel's illustrations as a storyboard.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Snyder and writers David Hayter and Alex Tse never find a reason for those unfamiliar with the graphic novel to care about any of this nonsense. And it is nonsense.
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56 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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