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Willard is a social misfit who is made fun of by his co-workers. When he is squeezed out of the company started by his deceased father, his only friends become a couple of rats he's been raising at home. However, when one of the rats is killed at work, Willard goes on a rampage--exacting revenge by using his rats to attack those who have been tormenting him. Led by the unusually intelligent, and deadly rat, Ben, an army of rats descends upon the office, committing a series of grisly murders.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"The vengeance-driven plot creeps along at a snail's pace, and all the teeth-gnashing and cheek-quivering in the world-courtesy of Glover's demented Willard Stiles-cannot save the day."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"The rats multiply at a rate that suggests Willard's basement is the city's red light district."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"The filmmakers may have been too intelligent for their camp material. They spend too much time on background material, an over-developed hero, atmosphere, and in-jokes."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"In a culture clogged with appropriated effluvia and remake cop-outs, Willard is wittier and nastier than we deserve."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"A silly, snarling romp."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Terrifying and violent horror movie. Rats -- EWW."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"This Willard remix is a gothic, creaking, brilliantly macabre and unexpectedly intimate movie."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Não funciona como filme de terror (sua intenção original), mas torna-se interessante graças à curiosa atuação de Glover e à fotografia sombria. E Ermey é sempre fascinante."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"This new incarnation of Willard emphasizes one thing: no matter how bad the original was, it didn't need to be remade."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"No one can do the funny/scary/crazy/creepy high-decibel wig-out/breakdown scene nearly as well as Glover can."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"If you want a lesson in eccentric acting, or if you are interested in a nightmarish story well told, Willard is a noteworthy effort."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"...Writer-director Glen Morgan gives us nothing more than a standard horror/revenge of the nerd tale."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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