Willard

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Released 2003

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Director:
Glen Morgan
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Life has become one big trap for 32-year-old Willard Stiles. Haunted by the ghost of his dead father, psychologically suffocated by his mother and ridiculed by his co-workers, Willard makes an eerie discovery: he shares a powerful bond with the rats that dwell in his basement. Suddenly, Willard has friends -- hundreds of them! But a storm is brewing, and when tragedy strikes, an unstoppable tide of hungry, merciless rats rampage, seeking vengeance for their friend Willard. Starring Crispin Glover ("Back to the Future," "Charlie's Angels"), Golden Globe-nominee R. Lee Ermey ("Seven," "Full Metal Jacket"), Laura Elena Harring ("Mulholland Dr.," "The Punisher"), and Jackie Burroughs ("Heavy Metal," "Lost and Delirious").

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The new Willard, which has taken the original's humanity and the psychological validity, leavened with a dollop of dark humor, and replaced them with a technically impressive but e...

  • 30

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Strictly for the birds.

  • 20

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The worst flaw of Willard is a clunky tone-deaf screenplay based on Gilbert Ralston's original and updated by the director. Barely a line flies by that doesn't land with a wooden t...

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