The Ruins (2008) Synopsis
Several tourists encounter an evil entity at the site of some mysterious ruins.
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

By MOVIES REVIEWER
I just saw the free press preview of this 1.5 hour laugh-fest B-'horror' flick adaptation of the novel with the same title.. The three positive things I have to say about 'The Ruins' are:- 1) Jena...

WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE TO REVIEW IT!!!!

By Just73Gray
PLEASE WAIT UNITL YOU HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN THE MOVIE TO REVIEW IT!!!! I am tired of getting on here and trying to find out honest fans reviews and then have people saying how they think the movie is...

THE WORST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By lilbeauti
I signed up for this website just because I had to say this was the worst movie I have ever seen. Absolutely no horror, no background, the "bad" element of the film is a total joke. This film is...

Creepy......goosebumps style.......

By scarface77
Entering this movie...All I expected was some T&A and the usual girl walking alone in the jungle scenes....When leaving I have to say that I will NEVER go to any jungle attractions of any...

a mess!

By eyeful
no surprise... another horrible adaptation of a decent novel i shudder to think how much money was wasted producing this stinky pile of dreck i couldn't muster any sympathy for the flat, clichéd...

A Total Waste

By nono
I had high hopes for this movie! Boy was I wrong! I have been a Horror fan as long as I can remember and I would have to put this movie in the same line as Stay Alive or The Undead. It did have its...

Ok... Take this for what it is...

By werners
It's a typical "hack up the pretty looking girls" film. Good gore, nice screaming, and a fairly decent plot. If you're ready to enjoy a steriotype, and not try to be too critical about all the "no...

Five Word Review

By redyeah
Holy S*** the plants kill!...

Important to know...

By Luv_the_Thrill
...what kind of movie you are about to see. Personally, I knew it would be a thrill ride with lots of bumps (and goosebumps!) along the way. However, a few people in the theater got up and left...

disgustingly scary

By kingdomheartsxsk8r_11
most people dont find this movie scary at all. i do but thats not saying much. overall i still think it was good. it was interesting. all the leads die except one. its funny at parts, too. "we have...

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Rated R | For strong violence and gruesome images, language, some sexuality and nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Tourists vs. flesh-eating vines; guess who wins?
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