Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Sometimes-gruesome Watchmen extras best for fans.

R 2009 64 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 16+

Great for older audeinces

It's very good, under th hood is quite appropiate but tales of the black freighter is extremley grusome and grisly. Best for adults.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
age 14+

If you liked the Watchmen book or movie, watch half of this

I did enjoy the "Watchmen" book and I'm planning to see the movie. If you've read the graphic novel, you'll recognize the "Black Freighter" story as having appeared a piece at a time - and it was much easier to take that way. The animated feature is thoroughly disgusting. I recognize that "Watchmen" itself is very dark and violent, but it takes a sick mind to enjoy a feature like this one. That being said, if you enjoy the super-hero story, rent this one for the "Under The Hood" segment. It's a "60 Minutes" style documentary about the characters from the movie that will give you some insight into their history, and is worth watching.

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