The Ward Reviews

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May 15, 2018
The problem with Carpenter is that...he is too good for this kind of material. No one has mastered it better than he has, and while he certainly doesn't "phone it in," so to speak, this kind of film doesn't present enough of a challenge for him.
December 15, 2017
The result is a trim, scrubbed work, as strange and distilled as a mid-1930s Tod Browning chiller.
November 6, 2017
The Ward fails on every count in which it should hit a home run.
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.
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 (clichd story and script).
October 2, 2012
John Carpenter has made his first unintentional comedy.
January 29, 2012
The Ward should send some chills down your spine, but it probably won't stay with you.
October 9, 2011
The Ward, while not stellar by any means, is absolutely worth your time.
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.
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."
July 18, 2011
By no means a perfect film, but Carpenter has an unparalleled gift for constructing a sequence.
July 14, 2011
This is rusty 'Ghost of Mars' John Carpenter, not 'The Thing' John Carpenter -- and certainly not 'Halloween' John Carpenter.
July 14, 2011
While a disappointment, The Ward is by no means a complete dud.
July 11, 2011
Insanity you have to cooperate with.
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.
July 10, 2011
May be the first ever Carpenter film that isn't immediately recognizable as such.
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.
July 8, 2011
'Ward' Script Not Up to Carpenter's Standards
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.
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.
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