Willow
Willow (1988)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 27, 2001
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Critic Score
48%
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80%


Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Good production value and decent special effects, but the story is too insipid and slowly paced.

Jane Galbraith
Variety

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

At the story level, Willow is turgid and relentlessly predictable.

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Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Nice fantasy adventure, looking pretty dated now, but ably helmed by Ron Howard.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

The big budget can't conceal the fact that this fiction is fallow, more rootbound than spellbound.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a forgotten classic that holds a lot of nostalgia

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Pam Gelman
Common Sense Media

Magic-filled fantasy adventure for tweens and up.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Though children will mostly be enthralled by the spectacles, even they might notice the weak story protruding through the industrial magic.

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Rob Vaux
Sci-Fi Movie Page

There's a sunny feeling here that's impossible to deny: a warm, inviting tone unseen in more recent fare.

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Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat

As a movie, it's a hell of a video game

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
What? Really?
Sergio Garcia
As good George Lucas fan this is another example of his remarkable storyteller's skills. It's a story of a nelwyn called Willow that found a baby near… More
Phil Hubbs
Classic tale of good vs evil with great characters and creatures throughout. All the cast are likeable and fit perfectly into the story making the film quite… More
Chris Weber
The only thing going on that sets this film apart from other similar sword and sorcery/hero's quest/fantasy action films is thast this one is basically the… More
Manu Gino
Adventure doesn't come any bigger than this. Well the idea of seeing it as an adult when I really wanted to see as a kid really failed! It was mostly… More
Spencer S.
The main reason a person would want to watch this epically magical tale of a dwarvian creature turned sorcerer, his vagrant warrior aquaintance, and two fairy… More