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The Ward Reviews

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

The Ward might not bode too well for Carpenter's come back, but he did do good things with what he had to work with (clichéd story and script).

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/10

March 2, 2013
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale

John Carpenter has made his first unintentional comedy.

Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale | Original Score: F

October 2, 2012
R. L. Shaffer

The Ward should send some chills down your spine, but it probably won't stay with you.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 6/10

January 29, 2012

The Ward, while not stellar by any means, is absolutely worth your time.

Full Review Source: Dread Central | Original Score: 3/5

October 9, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The movie's fluidity of motion is intoxicating. It's hard to argue that the so-so material is up to [Carpenter's] highest standards, but it can also be easily forgiven, and even enjoyed.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

September 2, 2011
Jackie Loohauis
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The master who gave us "Halloween," one of the most terrifying films of all time, can't provoke more than a chill in "The Ward."

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 1, 2011
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

By no means a perfect film, but Carpenter has an unparalleled gift for constructing a sequence.

Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

July 18, 2011
Mike Scott

This is rusty 'Ghost of Mars' John Carpenter, not 'The Thing' John Carpenter -- and certainly not 'Halloween' John Carpenter.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 14, 2011
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

While a disappointment, The Ward is by no means a complete dud.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

July 14, 2011
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Insanity you have to cooperate with.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 6/10

July 11, 2011
William Goss
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An aggressively plain spook story that favors jump moments over sustained tension and winds up falling back on a particularly tired twist.

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July 11, 2011
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

May be the first ever Carpenter film that isn't immediately recognizable as such.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: C+

July 10, 2011
Scott Tobias
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Carpenter has made his approximation of a cheap, twisty, shock-filled modern horror movie, and he has lost all but faint sighs of his minimalist swagger in the process.

Full Review Source: NPR

July 8, 2011
James Verniere
Boston Herald

'Ward' Script Not Up to Carpenter's Standards

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: C plus

July 8, 2011
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Genre veteran John Carpenter's sleekly professional ghost story is well-acted and directed but sadly derivative. Horror fans have seen it all before.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 8, 2011
Michelle Orange

The combination of an excellent supporting cast and a pliable theme work to offset the sizable debits incurred by the often rote direction and seriously iffy ending.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6.5/10

July 8, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The horror master's first film in nine years is not the comeback we had wished.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 8, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The shocks mostly consist of figures suddenly rising up in the background, or thunderclaps from a seemingly endless thunderstorm.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

July 8, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

If loud noises that turn out to be nothing are your bag, then you'll love John Carpenter's horror movie "The Ward."

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 8, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Carpenter's economical but mundane chiller is possessed more by previous ghoul-friend flicks than it is by his better work.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

July 8, 2011
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