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Willard Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The movie isn't without style, but the material can't remotely sustain 100 minutes.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There is real wit in Glover's performance. And wit, too, in R. Lee Ermey's performance as the boss, which draws heavily on Ermey's real-life experience as a drill sergeant.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The new version is actually better. It's still a fairly ham-handed revenge-of-the-nerd horror fable, but you don't go to a movie like Willard for subtlety. You go to be skeeved out by rats, rats, and more rats, and I'm tempted to say that Willard does a fairly rat-tastic job of it.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    This faithful resurrection of the original "Willard," a twisted gem in its own right, also is funny.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Terrifying and violent horror movie. Rats -- EWW.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a horror movie with real horror, including some scary shocks, some very tense and suspenseful moments, and some very grisly images. Characters are in peril and some are killed.

  • Families can talk about why Willard felt he had no alternatives, and how stories like this are often inspired by the consequences of keeping feelings inside and a sense of powerlessness.
  • Why was Willard unable to accept Katherine's offer of friendship?

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The cast lacks cultural diversity.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extremely intense horror violence, characters killed.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Character views a porn website.

  • language false3

    Language: Some very strong language including "f--k" and "s--t."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Some materialism.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief drinking.