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.
November 6, 2017
The Ward fails on every count in which it should hit a home run.
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.
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 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 shocks mostly consist of figures suddenly rising up in the background, or thunderclaps from a seemingly endless thunderstorm.
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."
July 8, 2011
Carpenter's economical but mundane chiller is possessed more by previous ghoul-friend flicks than it is by his better work.
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."
July 8, 2011
"The Ward" is bland shock therapy from the guy who reinvented bloody peek-a-boo with the classic "Halloween."
July 8, 2011
Continues the painful decline of a director who seems more nostalgic for past glories than excited about new ideas.
July 7, 2011
lean, kinetically paced, and engaging even when everything else seems beyond the pale
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