My Life in Ruins


My Life in Ruins

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



Total Count: 125


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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, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for My Life in Ruins

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (114)

  • 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.

    Oct 4, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Nina Caplan

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Feels like its been churned out by some auto-plot generator.

    Oct 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Top Critic
  • The film and all its characters are as tacky and charmless at the end as they are on first impressions.

    Oct 4, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • What a comforting fable to warm us as the evenings draw in. Away with cynicism! Enjoy if you can. The cast look as if they did.

    Oct 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • Petrie, who handled slapstick with ease in Miss Congeniality, has lost his timing with this one. There's none of the blithely nonsensical spirit that infuses the atmosphere when actors are enjoying themselves.

    Jul 24, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film contains a constant stream of lowbrow gags and pratfalls as Georgia lurches her way towards happiness, romance and a secure job in the Grecian tourist trade. It's lightweight, inoffensive fluff.

    Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Life in Ruins

  • Apr 18, 2013
    This is not a Big, Fat, Greek wedding. But could be some feta for a night on the couch when you are maybe coming down with the flu and are trying to do a little work and just need some background noise?
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2011
    This was poke-my-eyes-out awful. Oh, and to Australians, the Australian accents in this movie are the most funny part of the whole thing. When will Hollywood learn to hire Aussie actors instead of trying, huh?
    Angela A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2011
    It was okay but it's just so predictable and forgettable.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2011
    I loved Nia Valdaros in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" but the writing for this movie lacked the same charm.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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