The Ward
The Ward (2011)

A thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman (Amber Heard) who becomes terrorized by a ghost. -- (C) Arc Entertainment

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 8, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
William Goss

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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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The shocks mostly consist of figures suddenly rising up in the background, or thunderclaps from a seemingly endless thunderstorm.

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J Hurtado

The Ward fails on every count in which it should hit a home run.

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Scott Tobias

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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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Carpenter's economical but mundane chiller is possessed more by previous ghoul-friend flicks than it is by his better work.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Mr. Carpenter manages to overcome all of the setbacks to churn out something half decent - That in itself is pretty thrilling to watch.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The horror master's first film in nine years is not the comeback we had wished.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A dull, by-the-numbers psych-ward horror thriller that's sadly a lot closer in quality to "Sucker Punch" than "Shutter Island."

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

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).

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Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
People are just too mean to this latest John Carpenter film. The man hadn't made a film in ten years, and he has had a long and illustrious career. Not… More
MisterYoda ?
3 stars!
Alex roy
Horror master John Carpenter has been absent for quite some time. This is his first directorial effort since Ghosts of Mars which was released in 2001. This is… More
Chris Weber
With this film John Carpenter makes a return to directing feature films after a decade long hiatus in which he spent his time doing other things. Although it is… More
Dean King
Oh dear you have to expect more from John Carpenter than this. A straight to DVD horror that has a very low budget and more of a 12A rating feel to it. Not… More
Reid Volk
Come on Carpenter, you are better than this.