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Willow Reviews

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December 6, 2018
If it evaporates from memory with the airiness of a bubble bath, at least it leaves a friendly glow and a sense of a magical world lovingly evoked.
December 6, 2018
There isn't a single major character in the film who is engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2018
Willow exchanges the high-tech gleam of the Star Wars universe for the low-tech look of a Tolkienesque world, but otherwise it's business as usual.
December 6, 2018
The plot grinds on inescapably to its predictable climax, with the viewer fully aware of what awaits long before the events unfold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 6, 2018
At the heart of this overproduced jumble you can still hear the faint beat of the simple story Lucas conceived about 15 years ago while researching Star Wars.
December 6, 2018
Willow is not without its charms -- the effects are more than special, the set-pieces suitably epic -- but it just doesn't fulfill the promise of certain other fantasy films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 6, 2018
It takes forever for the story to get started, and once it does it holds few surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2018
It's forced, formulaic and sadly lacking in that sense of magic that's at the root of all successful fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 6, 2018
Sometime during the second hour I pinpointed the trouble: The movie is so full of tricks and gimmicks that it doesn't care enough about being just plain funny.
December 6, 2018
Willow feels like the kind of movie that might have worked considerably better on the printed page.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 6, 2018
Predictable and highly derivative.
December 5, 2018
Time-worn myths and legends get a zestful, entertaining reworking in Willow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 5, 2018
Those of us who were children in the 80s will continue to consider it one of the most joyous and charming productions of our life. [Full review in Spanish]
May 28, 2018
A charming, albeit greatly compromised attempt at doing a monumental epic in just two hours... the most handsome and technologically accomplished film of the '80s fantasy cycle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 3, 2018
...a decent fantasy epic that never quite lives up to the promise of its engaging first act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 23, 2016
The world may not need yet another swashbuckling epic adventure, but one with so much heart and soul and fantasy surely is a welcome addition.
July 9, 2014
Willow is medieval mishmash from George Lucas, a sort of 10th-century Star Wars tossed together with a plethora of elements taken from numerous classic fables.
June 9, 2013
a forgotten classic that holds a lot of nostalgia
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 20, 2013
There's a sunny feeling here that's impossible to deny: a warm, inviting tone unseen in more recent fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 10, 2009
Nice fantasy adventure, looking pretty dated now, but ably helmed by Ron Howard.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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