The Ruins Reviews

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Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
October 14, 2012
If you fancy a goofy little thrill that's a ray of sunshine compared to the usual glut of gloomy slasher flicks and tawdry torture pornos, The Ruins is just what the doctor ordered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
December 17, 2010
Tourists vs. flesh-eating vines; guess who wins?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 22, 2010
Watchable killer-plant horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
Who really needs to see some guy slice into a woman's lower back, dig around in there with his fingers, and then reel in a four-foot length of tapewormlike vine? I mean, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot
August 8, 2009
So bereft of creativity that it fails even to deliver to its base--teenage boys--the ghouls and boobs they so desperately want to see.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 23, 2009
If it could happen to these kids, smart and beautiful, then it sure as shit is going to happen to me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
March 1, 2009
Tenso, bem montado e dirigido com segurança e inteligência por Carter (que também extrai boas atuações de seu pequeno elenco), o filme consegue o impossível: transformar plantas assassinas em algo assustador.
| Original Score: 4/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Smith's singularly bizarre novel managed what this film cannot: fear and sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008
It had me squirming, and the sheer anarchy and amoral chaos involved was refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
August 1, 2008
... soft-core torture porn that quite literally sets up its pretty, Hollywood protagonists for brutal sacrifice.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 18, 2008
Enjoyable, well made and genuinely creepy horror flick that transcends its ridiculous premise thanks to a strong script, some sure-handed direction and superb performances from a talented young cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 14, 2008
Not just if you're a horror fan but also if you enjoy a well fashioned, slimy yarn to get wrapped up in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
July 11, 2008
I enjoyed most of the picture, particularly its ending, which much like the rest of the movie, remained pretty dark and pessimistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 10, 2008
Competent but somewhat slack, modest (and modestly budgeted) shocker that doesn't work quite hard enough to justify its plot mechanics. [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 23, 2008
...gets bloodier as it goes along, substituting close-up gore for horror, grossness for fright. (Unrated Edition)
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

Empire Magazine
June 20, 2008
Slick, sick stuff, but save the odd squirm, a killer-plant horror that doesn't grow anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 19, 2008
Well filmed and acted, but with a plot as cheesy as a 1950s B-movie, this film is fairly creepy but not very scary
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Lucius Gore
ESplatter
June 17, 2008
... it's only after you've left the theater that you realize just how totally, utterly ludicrous the movie really is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 9, 2008
It's the kind of film that Sam Raimi might have directed 20 years ago, except that Carter Smith plays it straight, even though he seems to assume the audience won't.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 8, 2008
This movie wasn't screened for critics. That's too bad, because this movie was surprisingly well done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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