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The Ruins

HD   R Closed Captioning

Carter Smith & Scott B. Smith

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About the Movie

Based on the terrifying best-seller by Scott Smith, "The Ruins" follows a group of friends who become entangled in a brutal struggle for survival after visiting a remote archaeological dig in the Mexican jungle where they discover something deadly living among the ruins. "The Ruins" stars Jonathan Tucker ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "The Black Donnellys"), Jena Malone ("Pride and Prejudice", "Donnie Darko"), Shawn Ashmore ("X-Men: The Last Stand"), Laura Ramsey ("She's the Man") and Joe Anderson ("Across the Universe").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 92
  • Fresh: 44
  • Rotten: 48
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: 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, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A surprisingly effective little horror nightmare. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The usual gore-and-gristle fare, but this one serves it up with a tad more suggestiveness and smarts. – Gene Seymour, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

One of the best recent horror movies... Let us BUY it!!

Rent it once and you'll want to watch it again. The adaptation from book to screen is well done, the plot simple and therefore that much more disturbing, and the special effects are quality. If you're a horror fan and you didn't see this in theaters, here's your chance. It just needs to be available to buy, not just to rent.


This is probably one of the worst movies i have ever seen it made no sense. Plants that look like marijuana kill people? I mean come on. My point is this movie feels like it goes by in five minutes and once again it SUCKED!

Common Horror Only

There is nothing exceptional in this movie; it is average at best. Developing the story line of why the temple was there, maybe some flashbacks to its use in Mayan rituals, anything but diving into the horror aspect as does this movie. The makers of the movie could have heightened the suspense had there been some development of the temple in its exploration. Investigation, when you don't know what's around the corner, is far better than gratuitous blood and guts. Having read some of the book after the fact leads me to believe the author, as well as the screenplay writer, were after the shock factor alone. Horror/SF can be done so much better than this. The original "Alien" movie was an excellent example of this. Suspense built upon suspense until even horror is a relief! The writers of this movie missed that opportunity nine times out of ten. I would like to give this movie three stars, but the acting and subject matter were too much like the Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street movies for that.

The Ruins
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2008

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