Though Warner Bros. laid down a strict embargo on delaying Watchmen reviews, some sites have found what looks to be loopholes in their promises. What this means is plenty of 'screening reports' of the film and, to my surprise, they are incredibly mixed. In short, some absolutely love the film and some don't get it; making the rest of us think that this film is only for those who have read the graphic novel only.
To get an idea on just how mixed the Watchmen reviews are, take a look below. Thanks to /film for rounding these up. Like the media updates, expect the reviews to begin surfacing daily.
Hollywood Elsewhere: "Speaking as a huge admirer and devotee of the graphic novel, the film is a staggering failure. On the plus side, you’ve got a pretty literal adaptation of the source material. It is at times a meticulous and gorgeous recreation of Alan Moore’s original work. Unfortunately it’s an empty, inert, meandering and, yes, boring 2 hours and 45 minutes."
Blogspot: “Zach Snyder’s (”300″) attempt to adapt Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s “Watchmen” (1986-1987) is compromised but that is the only possible way an adaptation can work as a film.”
TIME: Sitting in that screening room and watching the visual world of the Watchmen movie unfold was one of the most powerful experiences I've ever had. Not film experiences. Just EXPERIENCES. I don't think I realized how close I was to the original book until I saw such a loving, detail-rich, almost obsessive recreation of that universe.
DoorQ: If you’re not excited about “The Watchmen” yet…start getting excited. It’s fucking awesome. Director Zack Snyder (“300”) took the story that no one else has been able to tell..the story that everyone thought totally un-adaptable (looking at you, 20th Century Fox). One that was considered too violent for mainstream audiences. Too dense. Too verbose. Snyder took that story…and he fucking nailed it.
As you can see here, the positive reviews definitely come across more convincing and powerful than the negative. So hopefully that's a good sign. Having read the graphic novel, I am already under the assumption that I will be in the camp that loves this film.