75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A surprisingly effective little horror nightmare.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
In order to appreciate The Ruins, one has to be a die-hard fan of horror or bloody thrillers. Those in that category will discover that The Ruins delivers the goods.
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63

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The Ruins is, with one major caveat, about as good an adaptation of Scott Smith's bestselling novel as Hollywood was ever going to make.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
In the end, the gimmick is too risible and its effects on the characters too forced to sustain either suspense or horror.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Smith has changed a few plot points around to keep readers who already know the secret of the ruins guessing, and to some extent the strategy works. There was, however, no reason whatsoever to change the book's perfect endings.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Ruins is lumpish, static, and obvious. It's a gringos-go-home cautionary fright flick done in the spirit of a cheap '50s horror movie, except that it leaves you longing for the competence of grade-Z studio-system trash.
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40

Empire

Slick, sick stuff, but save the odd squirm, a killer-plant horror that doesn’t grow anywhere.
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40

Film Threat

By Pete Vonder Haar
There are a handful of intense sequences and a few scenes of squirm-inducing gore in The Ruins, but not much else.
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38

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The movie doesn't do anything with these viney bastards. There's no back story, no satire, no allegory, no implications beyond what's happening on the pyramid.
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20

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
As it stands, The Ruins is about as interesting as a pile of old stones and a monkey-dumb yanqui falling prey to the horrors of globalization. And that's pretty dumb.
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44 out of 100
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