Willard Reviews

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October 31, 2018
Morgan's camera work is more sure-footed than his screenplay.
February 27, 2007
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.
March 18, 2003
In a culture clogged with appropriated effluvia and remake cop-outs, Willard is wittier and nastier than we deserve.
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.
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.
March 14, 2003
A silly, snarling romp.
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.
March 14, 2003
If you've ever heard gnawing in your attic, Willard will creep you out.
March 14, 2003
At least Morgan knows the smartest thing he can do is just let Glover go nuts.
March 14, 2003
[Glover] is fascinatingly, compellingly weird.
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?
March 14, 2003
Not very stylish and not very scary.
March 14, 2003
A lamely acted and frequently dull remake of the 1971 movie.
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.
March 14, 2003
This is a one-riff movie and instant cult classic.
March 14, 2003
It has attitude and a look, but the rats aren't scary.
March 14, 2003
An uneasy mix of effective dark comedy and stomach-churning special effects.
March 13, 2003
The movie isn't without style, but the material can't remotely sustain 100 minutes.
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.
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