The Ruins Reviews

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September 21, 2020
A nondescript film.
May 14, 2018
The fast-paced action is amoral and grotesque and the protagonists are amusingly despatched, but ultimately this B-movie homage to David Cronenberg's body horrors is too predictable.
December 17, 2010
Tourists vs. flesh-eating vines; guess who wins?
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.
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.
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
Smith's singularly bizarre novel managed what this film cannot: fear and sympathy.
August 1, 2008
... soft-core torture porn that quite literally sets up its pretty, Hollywood protagonists for brutal sacrifice.
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]
June 23, 2008
...gets bloodier as it goes along, substituting close-up gore for horror, grossness for fright. (Unrated Edition)
June 23, 2008
June 20, 2008
Slick, sick stuff, but save the odd squirm, a killer-plant horror that doesn't grow anywhere.
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
April 21, 2008
Catch the amusing ridiculous scenes on You Tube; don't waste any time or money on this film. What a waste it was for me!!
April 16, 2008
I was entertained for all the wrong reasons.
April 11, 2008
[The filmmakers] avoid unwanted laughs only by resorting to relentless sadism. They let us know right off that nothing good will follow, and they carry it straight through to the abandon-all-hope-and-wait-for-the-sequel ending.
April 11, 2008
Stripped of the novel's kudzu-like excess, the story loses its timeless, nightmarish, existential power and becomes another cautionary tale in which beautiful and privileged post-9/11 young people learn the world is no longer safe for Americans.
April 11, 2008
A more than satisfactory scare fest.
April 9, 2008
It's just weird: the movie fixed the flaws in the book, but screwed up the stuff that was most effective on the page. Go figure.
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