The Ruins

User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 90 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 90
  2. Negative: 16 out of 90

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User Reviews

  1. JayH.
    Jul 2, 2008
    5
    In spite of some tense scenes and a good performance from Jena Malone, this is a tired story, needlessly gory and lacks originality. Well produced, It begins to fall apart after the first half. It does have it's moments though.
  2. GigiM.
    Apr 24, 2008
    5
    Interesting setting and hot cast, but it lost me when the vines got grabby and the flowers started making noise -- very Little Shop of Horrors. Gory/gross and yet too silly to be great.
  3. czar
    Aug 14, 2008
    6
    I enjoyed this horror. It was edgy and suspenseful. As with any horror there are gaps in the story and lots of "why didn't they .." and "if only then" - but that is not the point. We had a good nights viewing and that is what it is about.
  4. Jul 4, 2013
    5
    Alcanza a lograr el suspenso, el tema y la idea para una buena pelĂ­cula, sin embargo Las Ruinas se queda atascada en el mismo rollo durante buena parte de la pelicula
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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.