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Willard Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 18, 2003
[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.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 18, 2003
In a culture clogged with appropriated effluvia and remake cop-outs, Willard is wittier and nastier than we deserve.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 16, 2003
This new incarnation of Willard emphasizes one thing: no matter how bad the original was, it didn't need to be remade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 14, 2003
The movie keeps it close, clammy and simple, the better to focus on what is unquestionably this little thriller's strongest point: The tragic love between a boy and his rodent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
March 14, 2003
A silly, snarling romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 14, 2003
What elevates this nouveau Willard above similar restorations of used pulp is the way it sustains the original's queasy menace while applying neatly stylized layers of grit and wit.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 14, 2003
If you've ever heard gnawing in your attic, Willard will creep you out.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 14, 2003
At least Morgan knows the smartest thing he can do is just let Glover go nuts.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
March 14, 2003
[Glover] is fascinatingly, compellingly weird.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 14, 2003
Even if it were the pits, who in his right mind would pass up an opportunity to see Crispin Glover coo and canoodle with rats?
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
March 14, 2003
Not very stylish and not very scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 14, 2003
Qualifies as a guilty pleasure where you can debate afterwards what's more creepy: Glover's Willard, who is often shown in excruciating closeup, or his murderously swarming pals.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 14, 2003
It has attitude and a look, but the rats aren't scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 14, 2003
A lamely acted and frequently dull remake of the 1971 movie.
Read More | Original Score: D
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 14, 2003
This is a one-riff movie and instant cult classic.
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
March 14, 2003
An uneasy mix of effective dark comedy and stomach-churning special effects.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 13, 2003
The movie isn't without style, but the material can't remotely sustain 100 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
March 13, 2003
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 | Original Score: C
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 13, 2003
Barely a line flies by that doesn't land with a wooden thud.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2003
A technically impressive but essentially heartless spoof.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 13, 2003
Witty little B-movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 13, 2003
Love or hate this movie, tell me you weren't scoping for rats on the way to your car and I'll call you a liar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
March 13, 2003
Darned if this one isn't good, clammy fun!
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 13, 2003
A movie that wants to be funny-scary and is satisfied with just funny.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
March 13, 2003
Glover's performance turns out to be shockingly emotional, drawn as daringly close to the bone -- within this story's limited thematic range -- as Anthony Perkins' work in Hitchcock's seminal film.
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Kevin M. Williams
Chicago Tribune
March 13, 2003
A twisted gem in its own right.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 13, 2003
The new version is actually better.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 12, 2003
Want your skin to crawl? This one's for you.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
Variety
March 11, 2003
The remake is overplayed in a Grand Guignol manner, dumbed down and sped up for the MTV generation.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 11, 2003
An unsuccessful mix of sci-fi horror and a highly exaggerated filmmaking approach that borders on unintentional parody.