• Willard
    2 minutes 56 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Willard Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A movie that wants to be funny-scary and is satisfied with just funny.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 13, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It has attitude and a look, but the rats aren't scary.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 14, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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This new incarnation of Willard emphasizes one thing: no matter how bad the original was, it didn't need to be remade.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

March 16, 2003
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Why this tepid horror flick, a remake of the 1971 film of the same title, is being released nationwide is beyond comprehension.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

March 13, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[Y]ou got a real opportunity here to do something really funny -- because Crispin Glover is really fun -- and something scary, but the rats, I guess, aren't up to the task.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 18, 2003
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Any film with Crispin Glover's name above the title is marching to its own beat, and it has little interest in convincing us to dance along; we simply will or we won't.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: C+

March 17, 2003
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The rats multiply at a rate that suggests Willard's basement is the city's red light district.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: C+

September 20, 2007
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

March 17, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The problem is that "Willard" never becomes anything more than a ham-fisted revenge-of-the-nerd horror fable.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

March 17, 2003
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Barely a line flies by that doesn't land with a wooden thud.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

March 13, 2003
Mike Clark
USA Today
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The movie isn't without style, but the material can't remotely sustain 100 minutes.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

March 13, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A lamely acted and frequently dull remake of the 1971 movie.

| Original Score: D

March 14, 2003
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Nearly every scene along the way to the movie's Psycho-like conclusion is fundamentally silly in ways that don't always seem intended.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

March 13, 2003
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

the technically 'improved' version just doesn't have the same heart of the original

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: C-

March 17, 2003
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

The vengeance-driven plot creeps along at a snail's pace, and all the teeth-gnashing and cheek-quivering in the world-courtesy of Glover's demented Willard Stiles-cannot save the day.

Full Review Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 2/5

February 9, 2014
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

There is a great idea in the fabric here somewhere, no doubt, but it gets lost, and it gets lost very fast.

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 1/4

March 14, 2003
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Each era gets the movies it deserves... This new version seems to exist in a bubble. It's got atmosphere to spare, but no real compelling reason...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

January 4, 2004
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

The filmmakers may have been too intelligent for their camp material. They spend too much time on background material, an over-developed hero, atmosphere, and in-jokes.

Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS) | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 5, 2004
Jim Judy
Screen It!

Perhaps it's because rats and their like don't have that sort of effect on me, but I found little of the film to be spooky, let alone frightening.

Full Review Source: Screen It! | Original Score: 4/10

March 14, 2003
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

...an utterly unnecessary remake of a movie that was always more fun to talk about than to watch.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2003
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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April 22, 2003
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
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March 16, 2003
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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May 19, 2004
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
March 22, 2003
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October 18, 2008
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY
March 25, 2003
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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March 14, 2003

Arizona Republic
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March 14, 2003

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March 14, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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March 14, 2003

Orlando Weekly
March 21, 2003

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March 25, 2003

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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April 27, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
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