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  • Summary: Socially inept and saddled with a miserable job, Willard shares a powerful bond with the rats who dwell in his basement. When Willard's world is turned upside down by tragedy, those responsible must answer to his rapidly growing pack of ravenous, fearsome friends. (New Line Cinema)
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    Willard doesn’t try to be great art (although if you really think about it, there are plenty of themes borrowed from “Hamlet,” “The Birds” and “Frankenstein” to name a few). Willard just is.
  2. 83
    The "Citizen Kane" of rat movies makes for a terrific overhaul in this wonderfully entertaining and, yes, touching take on that terribly confused man/child named Willard.
  3. In a culture clogged with appropriated effluvia and remake cop-outs, Willard is wittier and nastier than we deserve.
  4. 70
    Has plenty of dark horror style, but it lacks the weird charm of the 1971 original starring Bruce Davison...It's a nice homage.
  5. 63
    As filler for the long, dry winter movie season, the movie is more than passable, and its sense of humor has a wicked, unforgiving spin that is decidedly pro-rodent.
  6. The pleasure comes from watching the clever rodents do their stuff. Computerized images have been kept to a minimum, and real animals provide most of the film's atmosphere.
  7. Everything that was modest, soundly grounded and therefore horrifying about the 1971 rodentarama that starred Bruce Davison is now insistent, Grand-Guignol-intense and therefore shrug-offable when it isn't downright awful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Sam
    May 19, 2006
    Willard isn't perfect, nor is it a classic, but it's still a great movie that has everything a horror movie needs: Scares, drama, and a a great leading actor. Expand

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