The Ruins
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Based on the novel by A Simple Plan author Scott Smith, director Carter B. Smith's Yucatan-set thriller follows four American tourists as they unwisely venture off the beaten path while vacationing in Cancun. When a friendly German tourist implores the Americans to help search the jungle for his missing brother, the group becomes hopelessly trapped in a nightmare scenario that seems too strange to be true. Jonathan Tucker, Laura Ramsey, Jena Malone, and Shawn Ashmore star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A more than satisfactory scare fest."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"The usual gore-and-gristle fare, but this one serves it up with a tad more suggestiveness and smarts."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"If you fancy a goofy little thrill that's a ray of sunshine compared to the usual glut of gloomy slasher flicks and tawdry torture pornos, The Ruins is just what the doctor ordered."
‑ Ali Gray,
"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."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Tenso, bem montado e dirigido com segurança e inteligência por Carter (que também extrai boas atuações de seu pequeno elenco), o filme consegue o impossível: transformar plantas assassinas em algo assustador."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"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."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"Tourists vs. flesh-eating vines; guess who wins?"
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Reverse Shot
"Smith's singularly bizarre novel managed what this film cannot: fear and sympathy."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"The Ruins does what a good psychological horror movie should do: rely on tension rather than gore to achieve its aims."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Watchable killer-plant horror movie."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If it could happen to these kids, smart and beautiful, then it sure as shit is going to happen to me."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"It had me squirming, and the sheer anarchy and amoral chaos involved was refreshing."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
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