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).
| Original Score: 5/10
John Carpenter has made his first unintentional comedy.
| Original Score: F
The Ward should send some chills down your spine, but it probably won't stay with you.
| Original Score: 6/10
The Ward, while not stellar by any means, is absolutely worth your time.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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."
| Original Score: 1.5/4
By no means a perfect film, but Carpenter has an unparalleled gift for constructing a sequence.
This is rusty 'Ghost of Mars' John Carpenter, not 'The Thing' John Carpenter -- and certainly not 'Halloween' John Carpenter.
While a disappointment, The Ward is by no means a complete dud.
| Original Score: 2/5
Insanity you have to cooperate with.
An aggressively plain spook story that favors jump moments over sustained tension and winds up falling back on a particularly tired twist.
May be the first ever Carpenter film that isn't immediately recognizable as such.
| Original Score: C+
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.
'Ward' Script Not Up to Carpenter's Standards
| Original Score: C plus
Genre veteran John Carpenter's sleekly professional ghost story is well-acted and directed but sadly derivative. Horror fans have seen it all before.
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.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
The horror master's first film in nine years is not the comeback we had wished.
The shocks mostly consist of figures suddenly rising up in the background, or thunderclaps from a seemingly endless thunderstorm.
| Original Score: 2/4
If loud noises that turn out to be nothing are your bag, then you'll love John Carpenter's horror movie "The Ward."
Carpenter's economical but mundane chiller is possessed more by previous ghoul-friend flicks than it is by his better work.
| Original Score: 1/5