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Though Willow was one of director Ron Howard's few box-office disappointments, it definitely deserves a second look. At once an epic celebration and a gentle spoof of the sword-and-sorcery genre, the film concerns the efforts by little person Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) to protect a sacred infant from the machinations of a wicked queen (Jean Marsh). One source book has assessed the picture as a combination of The Ten Commandments and Snow White. This is true enough, except that neither one of those properties offered such offbeat casting choices as Billy Barty and Jean Marsh. Executive… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jane Galbraith, Variety
"At the story level, Willow is turgid and relentlessly predictable."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Nice fantasy adventure, looking pretty dated now, but ably helmed by Ron Howard."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"It isn't without significant flaws, but overall an effective and memorable fantasy spectacle."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"A sloppy and intermittently goofy flick, but it still holds enough charm, excitement and good humor to please quest fans."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"The big budget can't conceal the fact that this fiction is fallow, more rootbound than spellbound."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"a forgotten classic that holds a lot of nostalgia"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Magic-filled fantasy adventure for tweens and up."
‑ Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
"This is how I always figured the project got started: ILM called Ron, and said 'Ronnnnnnn, we're BORED.'"
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"It works better as a portfolio for ILM techies than an example of such hoary entertainment standards as acting, screenwriting, plotting, and direction."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Though children will mostly be enthralled by the spectacles, even they might notice the weak story protruding through the industrial magic."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"There's a sunny feeling here that's impossible to deny: a warm, inviting tone unseen in more recent fare."
‑ Rob Vaux, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"As a movie, it's a hell of a video game"
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Although the dragon is a fantastic early computer generated creation and must have cost a bundle to design, the film itself is too long, too slowly paced, and not very intelligent."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
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