Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jul 8, 2011
    38
    In the end, Carpenter offers a reasonably nice payoff to this whole misfire.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jul 8, 2011
    25
    A dull, by-the-numbers psych-ward horror thriller that's sadly a lot closer in quality to "Sucker Punch" than "Shutter Island."
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 8, 2011
    20
    Carpenter's economical but mundane chiller is possessed more by previous ghoul-friend flicks than it is by his better work.
  4. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Jul 7, 2011
    25
    Even by the standards of mental-institution-movie misogyny, what an accidental but predictable creepshow this is.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Jul 7, 2011
    30
    So yeah, the great man is welcome on our screens any day. On the other hand, Carpenter's comeback packs very little of his usual cinematic flair. It's not even all that scary.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 6, 2011
    33
    The Ward succeeds mainly as a checklist that keeps it consistent with Carpenter's nearly forty years of work. It has none of the smart genre appeal that put him on the map, instead resembling a desperate knock-off by someone with far less talent. Carpenter either lost his groove or the will to use it.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 5, 2011
    20
    Lacking a single serious scare or sly idea, the movie dies in ways that merely mediocre horror films can't even dream of.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Sep 17, 2012
    10
    Excellent
  2. Sep 17, 2012
    10
    A magnificent return to form from john carpenter, a wholly original story, consistent and creepy tone, and decent performances steer this filmA magnificent return to form from john carpenter, a wholly original story, consistent and creepy tone, and decent performances steer this film into classic territory, kudos, carpenter, kudos. Full Review »
  3. Jan 10, 2012
    4
    Poor movie, made worst by a ridiculous ending which has been done over and over in the past. There is no glossing over the fact that this hasPoor movie, made worst by a ridiculous ending which has been done over and over in the past. There is no glossing over the fact that this has got to be one of the poorest movie I have seen in a long time (and I've watched some rubbish!!) Full Review »