My Life in Ruins (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

My Life in Ruins (2009)



Critic Consensus: With stereotypical characters and a shopworn plot, My Life in Ruins is a charmless romantic comedy.

Movie Info

Georgia (Nia Vardalos) came to Greece to follow a man. A few years later, she's been cast aside -- alone and adrift in a foreign land. Eventually, her passion for history leads her to a job as a tour guide. But Georgia is bored, and has lost her "kefi" (Greek for mojo) to boot. When taciturn sasquatch Poupi (Alexis Georgoulis) replaces the regular driver at the last minute, the frazzled tour guide thinks that her luck has just hit rock bottom. Thankfully, Georgia's latest batch of tourists is a more lively bunch than she's anticipated, and in between bouts with rival tour guide Nico (Alistair McGowan), she manages to form a genuine connection with wisecracking widower Irv (Richard Dreyfuss), a solo vacationer who maintains a jovial facade despite the fact that he misses his late wife dearly. With a little help from Irv, Georgia comes to realize that true love may be closer than she thinks -- if she could just recapture her kefi and open her eyes. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Mike Reiss
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 6, 2009
Box Office: $8.5M
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Nia Vardalos
as Georgia
Ralph Nossek
as Barnaby
Ian Ogilvy
as Mr. Tullen
Caroline Goodall
as Dr. Tullen
Ian Gomez
as Hotel Clerk
Takis Papamatthaiou
as Souvenir Shop Owner
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Critic Reviews for My Life in Ruins

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (33)

Hollywood doesn't know what to do with difference, any more than it does with ruins. It's about time Vardalos, or someone, gave the suits a guided tour.

Full Review… | October 4, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

With its portrait of cranky, uninterested tourists, rowdy Aussies, fat Yanks, dingy hotels, shady merchants and busted buses, Ruins feels like somebody's personal vendetta against the travel industry.

Full Review… | May 30, 2013
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A cloying romantic comedy.

Full Review… | May 30, 2013
People Magazine

As a tour guide, Georgia rates as "average," as a movie star Vardalos rates much the same.

Full Review… | May 30, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The story is loaded with cliches and weak characters that are simply too annoying to handle.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
7M Pictures

My Big Fat Greek Coach Full of Clichés.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011

Audience Reviews for My Life in Ruins

Romance is all over the ruins of Greece in the little romcom. I loved the whole thing. I cried, laughed and had a smile on my face. It made me want to visit Greece and take a bus tour. If you like Under The Tuscan Sun and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this movie is so for you. It's so cute and charming.

Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

A very cute movie. Nia is adorable as Alexis is as well. I really enjoyed this :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


There were great laugh out loud moments. Richard Dreyfuss is the highlight of this film. It is in scenes with Nia Vardalos and Dreyfuss that the movie shines. The scene at the beach was so brief but so powerful... Dreyfuss makes the most of those brief moments. The scenery is fantastic!
Vardalos, as Georgia, a travel guide, displays her uncanny ability to portray a relatable character, and reinforces why I like her. The supporting cast was also great, and their characters were so real and typical and funny that I felt like this was written about a tour bus I was once on.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

My Life in Ruins Quotes

Georgia: Hey, your jokes aren't funny.
– Submitted by Donna G (5 years ago)

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