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Willard has an intriguing character study lurking within - but much of those elements, like many of the movie's characters, are swallowed up by rats. Read critic reviews

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Nagged by his mother (Elsa Lanchester), bullied by his boss (Ernest Borgnine), a young man (Bruce Davison) trains mansion rats to kill for him.

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Critic Reviews for Willard

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  • The movie, however, persists in crossing its lines of stimulation, resulting in a series of little short-circuits that effectively limit pleasure to an occasional line or bit of business.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
  • What is it in this film that touches some deep-buried nerve in the public psyche? Why does wholesome family entertainment fade away, while rats make millions?

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Mann's shoddy staging, haphazard framing (he seems to be allergic to close-ups) and low-contrast lighting sap the drama and tension from most of the movie. The ending is cool, though.

    September 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's brave work, and the role seems tailor-made for the actor, who's enjoyed an entire career playing easily winded jerks, with Willard's descent into authority and panic vividly captured.

    September 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's a complex and sympathetic character study and for a few misfits in the audience, it gave us a protagonist we could finally identify with and a film that helped define our later lives.

    September 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Willard is a strange affair now, as it isn't really that horrifying and the pay-offs at the end are relatively tame. It struggles in what it is trying to be and indeed.

    October 18, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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