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A surprisingly effective little horror nightmare. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
In the end, the gimmick is too risible and its effects on the characters too forced to sustain either suspense or horror. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
Slick, sick stuff, but save the odd squirm, a killer-plant horror that doesn’t grow anywhere. Read full review
There are a handful of intense sequences and a few scenes of squirm-inducing gore in The Ruins, but not much else. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
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