Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. 75
    In order to appreciate The Ruins, one has to be a die-hard fan of horror or bloody thrillers. Those in that category will discover that The Ruins delivers the goods.
  2. 75
    A surprisingly effective little horror nightmare.
  3. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    70
    First-time feature director Carter Smith, working with resourceful cinematographer Darius Khondji, pulls off the neat trick of using the wide screen to claustrophobic effect. And the actors give such a convincing display of starvation-fueled fear that they deserve their own private craft-service table.
  4. 63
    The Ruins is, with one major caveat, about as good an adaptation of Scott Smith's bestselling novel as Hollywood was ever going to make.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    50
    The characters never evolve past mere functionality, and the adherence to certain tried-and-true horror tropes -- the good girl who doesn't want to go but does, the generic naughty kids who get it first -- feels workmanlike, robbing the story of any real suspense or surprise.
  6. In the end, the gimmick is too risible and its effects on the characters too forced to sustain either suspense or horror.
  7. 50
    Director Carter Smith suffers from another, more common problem: In trying to squeeze every plot point from the book into a 90-minute movie, he failed to capture its chilling essence.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Smith has changed a few plot points around to keep readers who already know the secret of the ruins guessing, and to some extent the strategy works. There was, however, no reason whatsoever to change the book's perfect endings.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    40
    Ultimately less dependent on suspense or even scares than on squirm-inducing grossouts, this tale of Yank hardbodies vs. carnivorous creepers should flower briefly in hardtops, then spread like an invasive weed in ancillary.
  11. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    40
    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.
  12. 40
    There are a handful of intense sequences and a few scenes of squirm-inducing gore in The Ruins, but not much else.
  13. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    40
    Slick, sick stuff, but save the odd squirm, a killer-plant horror that doesn’t grow anywhere.
  14. 38
    The movie doesn't do anything with these viney bastards. There's no back story, no satire, no allegory, no implications beyond what's happening on the pyramid.
  15. 20
    As it stands, The Ruins is about as interesting as a pile of old stones and a monkey-dumb yanqui falling prey to the horrors of globalization. And that's pretty dumb.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 10 out of 26
  1. Aug 19, 2012
    2
    The idea of a horror movie set in a mayan ruin is interesting right? Right. It's just that this movie isn't anywhere close to interesting orThe idea of a horror movie set in a mayan ruin is interesting right? Right. It's just that this movie isn't anywhere close to interesting or scary. It is just boring and fails to entertain you, and what was meant to be scary ends up being plain out annoying. I'm talking about the screaming plants of course. Definitely skip this one. Full Review »
  2. GrantZ
    Aug 24, 2009
    10
    Ignore the haters, The Ruins is probably one of the best movies of recent times. It isn't cliche and it truly is shocking in places, the Ignore the haters, The Ruins is probably one of the best movies of recent times. It isn't cliche and it truly is shocking in places, the monster gets into one of the females, causing some of the most disturbing scenes i've ever seen in a movie. Scenes of amputation, are included. But there isn't too much blood. It instils a sense of fear by making you realize that in the end, we truly are our greatest enemies, when stuck in terrifying situations. Full Review »
  3. Nov 21, 2014
    8
    The movie started with a cliche idea.A group of friends in vacancy the they **** and then the get killed.But,the visuals were amazing theThe movie started with a cliche idea.A group of friends in vacancy the they **** and then the get killed.But,the visuals were amazing the script was unpredictable and the acting was great.Sure,some ideas were stupid like the plant who can scream like a cell phone but the movie was enjoyable. Full Review »