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The Ward Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
January 18, 2011
The title is marketing 101: how to sell a schlocky, throwback genre picture on the back of the past glories of a director who once dealt solely in amped-up, literate and ballsy entertainment...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5