The Ruins Reviews

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November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
October 18, 2008
It had me squirming, and the sheer anarchy and amoral chaos involved was refreshing.
October 18, 2008
Smith's singularly bizarre novel managed what this film cannot: fear and sympathy.
June 20, 2008
Slick, sick stuff, but save the odd squirm, a killer-plant horror that doesn't grow anywhere.
April 11, 2008
A more than satisfactory scare fest.
April 7, 2008
Moral of the story: never visit an out-of-the-way Mexican ruin covered by vines and blood-red flowers that make a squeaking sound.
April 7, 2008
The Ruins does what a good psychological horror movie should do: rely on tension rather than gore to achieve its aims.
April 7, 2008
In compressing the novel down to a sloppy abridgement, the film fails to capture the eerie portent of its setting.
April 7, 2008
The usual gore-and-gristle fare, but this one serves it up with a tad more suggestiveness and smarts.
April 7, 2008
More disgusting than scary, The Ruins is the latest in a long line of horror films about upper-middle-class travelers being terrorized in unfamiliar environments.
April 7, 2008
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, except that it leaves you longing for the competence of grade-Z studio-system trash.
April 7, 2008
A surprisingly effective little horror nightmare.
April 7, 2008
When you've got cute young tourists, an exotic locale (well, sort of: Mexico), ancient Mayan hoodoo and surly peasants with machetes, you expect a bit more than The Ruins gives you, which is: killer plants.
April 7, 2008
While not as silly as it sounds, it nevertheless is silly (as are most horror films), and while certainly different, the payoff isn't there.
April 5, 2008
The film's depiction of deteriorating-under-pressure group dynamics comes to an abrupt end just as it gets going
April 4, 2008
Squabbling among the skin-deep characters doesn't induce much sympathy, though thesps do their best.
April 4, 2008
Paranoia, spinal injuries, psychic distress, impromptu amputations, self-mutilation -- it's all in there, convincingly rendered (the first-rate sound design exacerbates every fracture) and finally pointless.
April 4, 2008
With Scott Smith's rep and a best-selling horror novel, a sexy location and solid young cast, you'd have hoped the studio would find a director with a little more than a Tommy Hilfiger commercial under his belt.
April 4, 2008
Not even a fixer-upper, The Ruins should be considered a complete tear-down.
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