The Ward Reviews

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December 15, 2017
The result is a trim, scrubbed work, as strange and distilled as a mid-1930s Tod Browning chiller.
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.
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.
July 18, 2011
By no means a perfect film, but Carpenter has an unparalleled gift for constructing a sequence.
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.
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.
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.
July 5, 2011
Carpenter does what he's always done well here: individualizing shorthand personalities in a group under siege.
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.
June 9, 2011
While The Ward never amounts to anything more than an extended Masters of Horror episode, it would at least rank among the better installments.
May 31, 2011
an effective Saturday night rental or download
April 10, 2011
Fans of 70s cinema, and the director's work through the 1980s, will delight in his resistance to frenetic trickery and his reliance on clear composition and editing to draw suspense and dread. (Philadelphia Cinefest Danger After Dark)
January 24, 2011
Neither a total return to form nor his worst, this is a middling shocker salvaged by Carpenter's class.
January 24, 2011
In the wake of Martin Scorsese's recent movie about almost exactly the same thing, it's tempting to rename this one Sh*tter Island.
January 21, 2011
While it's not up there with Carpenter's greatest, there are jolts enough.
January 20, 2011
A well-made film, with some finely crafted shocks and a steady pace that almost seems stately in these days of fast-cut horror.
January 20, 2011
While not as simple as the set-up makes out, it's happy to be good of its type rather than groundbreaking.
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