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The Ward Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Mr. Carpenter manages to overcome all of the setbacks to churn out something half decent - That in itself is pretty thrilling to watch.
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
March 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
October 2, 2012
John Carpenter has made his first unintentional comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: F
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
January 29, 2012
The Ward should send some chills down your spine, but it probably won't stay with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 9, 2011
The Ward, while not stellar by any means, is absolutely worth your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 2, 2011
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.
Jackie Loohauis
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
July 18, 2011
By no means a perfect film, but Carpenter has an unparalleled gift for constructing a sequence.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
July 14, 2011
This is rusty 'Ghost of Mars' John Carpenter, not 'The Thing' John Carpenter -- and certainly not 'Halloween' John Carpenter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
While a disappointment, The Ward is by no means a complete dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
July 11, 2011
Insanity you have to cooperate with.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
William Goss
Film.com
July 11, 2011
An aggressively plain spook story that favors jump moments over sustained tension and winds up falling back on a particularly tired twist.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
July 10, 2011
May be the first ever Carpenter film that isn't immediately recognizable as such.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
July 8, 2011
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.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
July 8, 2011
'Ward' Script Not Up to Carpenter's Standards
Full Review | Original Score: C plus
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
July 8, 2011
Genre veteran John Carpenter's sleekly professional ghost story is well-acted and directed but sadly derivative. Horror fans have seen it all before.
Michelle Orange
Movieline
July 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 6.5/10
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 8, 2011
The horror master's first film in nine years is not the comeback we had wished.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 8, 2011
The shocks mostly consist of figures suddenly rising up in the background, or thunderclaps from a seemingly endless thunderstorm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 8, 2011
If loud noises that turn out to be nothing are your bag, then you'll love John Carpenter's horror movie "The Ward."
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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