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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An aggressively plain spook story that favors jump moments over sustained tension and winds up falling back on a particularly tired twist."
‑ William Goss,
"The shocks mostly consist of figures suddenly rising up in the background, or thunderclaps from a seemingly endless thunderstorm."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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 (clichéd story and script)."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"The Ward, while not stellar by any means, is absolutely worth your time."
‑ Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central
"By no means a perfect film, but Carpenter has an unparalleled gift for constructing a sequence."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ebert Presents At The Movies
"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."
‑ Scott Tobias, NPR
"Carpenter's economical but mundane chiller is possessed more by previous ghoul-friend flicks than it is by his better work."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"John Carpenter has made his first unintentional comedy."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This is rusty 'Ghost of Mars' John Carpenter, not 'The Thing' John Carpenter -- and certainly not 'Halloween' John Carpenter."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"The horror master's first film in nine years is not the comeback we had wished."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A dull, by-the-numbers psych-ward horror thriller that's sadly a lot closer in quality to "Sucker Punch" than "Shutter Island.""
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The Ward should send some chills down your spine, but it probably won't stay with you."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"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.""
‑ Jackie Loohauis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"While a disappointment, The Ward is by no means a complete dud."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
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