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The Ruins


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...

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Tourists vs. flesh-eating vines; guess who wins?

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this gory horror movie features grisly violence, with sound effects and close-up images of broken bones, gashed flesh, and amputation (this last is particularly gruesome, with explicit gore, bone, blood, and sound). In another brutal, very bloody sequence, a girl who's tormented by vines that have invaded her body cuts her leg, torso, and head to pull the plant out. Weapons include arrows, guns, and knives. Girls show lots of skin in early scenes (one appears naked as she's dressing; her breasts are visible in profile, her bottom from the back), and there's a brief shot of a young man's naked bottom from the back. Drinking includes margaritas, beer, and tequila; language includes frequent uses of "f--k."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of grisly horror movies. Do you think they're trying to make a point underneath all the bloodshed? If so, what? What do you think about the trend of tourists as modern slasher movie victims (as opposed to, say, babysitters during the '80s)? Is that a commentary about politics or other bigger issues around the world?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 24
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Top Critic Reviews


- Dave White,, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rotten: Squabbling among the skin-deep characters doesn't induce much sympathy, though thesps do their best.

- Dennis Harvey, Variety, Friday, April 4, 2008


- Devin Faraci, CHUD, Friday, February 27, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

This was better than i expected. Decent ride. Some gorey parts on the unrated version may be a bit too much for some.

- jmanard52, Tuesday, August 19, 2008

0 star

Another one I own but not watched yet.

- stuartb1234, Thursday, August 12, 2010

4 stars

i actually really liked this movie. it was really scary and violent and had a good story. I actually cared about the characters and wanted them to live which isn't the case for most horror movies. there are several scenes that are really intense and disturbing. this is how you make a horror movie. B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, August 4, 2010