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The Ward Reviews

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 8, 2011
Carpenter's economical but mundane chiller is possessed more by previous ghoul-friend flicks than it is by his better work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 8, 2011
A dull, by-the-numbers psych-ward horror thriller that's sadly a lot closer in quality to "Sucker Punch" than "Shutter Island."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2011
"The Ward" is bland shock therapy from the guy who reinvented bloody peek-a-boo with the classic "Halloween."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 8, 2011
Continues the painful decline of a director who seems more nostalgic for past glories than excited about new ideas.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
July 7, 2011
lean, kinetically paced, and engaging even when everything else seems beyond the pale
| Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 7, 2011
How depressing to discover that John Carpenter is the man running this operation. His talent for building and sustaining suspense has now warped into flaccid attempt at fright and ogling ringers for Britney Spears and, in Heard's case, Scarlett Johansson.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
July 7, 2011
We've seen everything here before and in a better film. John Carpenter used to be such a leader, it's hard to watch him follow and so far behind the pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 7, 2011
The dialogue is never witty, the characters are indistinct, the story is set in 1966 for no relevant reason, and the scares are strictly of the "thing jumps loudly out of the shadows" variety.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2011
Basically, this is a ghost story merged with a slasher film and sealed with a Shutter Island twist. But at least Carpenter the spook-meister knows how to goose you.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
July 6, 2011
That this doesn't knock one backward out of one's seat is maybe unavoidable. But the goods here are good enough to make one eager for more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 6, 2011
The Ward, Carpenter's first feature since 2001's Ghosts of Mars, has the logy, diffident attitude of a lost artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 6, 2011
Feels an awful lot like a low-budget knockoff of Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch."
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 6, 2011
The kills aren't terribly suspenseful or dramatically staged and they quickly grow repetitive. Worst of all, they're not particularly scary.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 5, 2011
Carpenter does what he's always done well here: individualizing shorthand personalities in a group under siege.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
July 5, 2011
The Ward is all just formula horror - or in this case, a recipe for disaster. It's an easy film to skip.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 3, 2011
[VIDEO] Not Even John Carpenter can shine a turd.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
July 3, 2011
Points for humaneness, I guess, but is The Ward scary? Not really.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 28, 2011
A musty shadow of the filmmaker's smart and stylish classics.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
June 26, 2011
An odd Cuckoo's Nest mental ward minimalist moviemaking with heavily medicated hotties in lockdown, contrasting with say the overwrought Sucker Punch. And boasting freaky when not freaked out girl-on-girl violence, as staff looks the other way on cue.
Devin Faraci
Birth.Movies.Death.
June 10, 2011
I was caught by surprise at the twist ending, but that was mostly because I didn't think any movie - even one as abysmally written as this one - would be dumb enough to go there.
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