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My Life in Ruins

Romance . Comedy

A Greek tour guide named Georgia attempts to recapture her kefi (Greek for mojo) by guiding a ragtag group of tourists around Greece and showing them the beauty of her native land. Along the way, she manages to open their eyes to the wonders of an exotic foreign land while beginning to see the world through a new set of eyes in the process.

Actors: María Adánez , Sophie Stuckey , Ian Ogilvy , Caroline Goodall , Rachel Dratch , Harland Williams , Alistair McGowan , Alexis Georgoulis , Richard Dreyfuss , Nia Vardalos
Directors: Donald Petrie
Country: USA , SPAIN
Release: 2009-06-05
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  • Connie Ogle

    A pleasant if unremarkable romantic comedy that plays out like a sitcom with great scenery.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Summery and scenic, Ruins is this season's "Mamma Mia!," a diversion that dispenses the wisdom: Let go, let live, and let love. Not bad advice, and not a bad movie, exactly.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The film is so brazen about its pandering, crumple-hearted silliness that it had me rooting for Vardalos to land her big fat Greek stud-muffin.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Doris Toumarkine

    Ruins is sometimes as sunny as its locations but as familiar and predictable as a Greek diner.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    My Life in Ruins will neither ruin nor change nor significantly impact your life.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jason Buchanan

    A benign, mushy gruel that tries desperately to maintain the sticky sweet consistency of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" but ultimately ends up coasting on the "kefi" of that previous success.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The problem with the new movie is the same as with the previous one. Vardalos has this idea that she's a marm. And while it's true that she personifies her movies, I don't quite buy her librarian mode.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Words cannot express how weary I am of watching lifeless, hollow movies like My Life in Ruins - generic romantic comedies that have no clue when it comes to either "romance" or "comedy."

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Kate Taylor

    This paint-by-numbers romantic comedy is chock-a-block with jokey stereotypes – Americans are obnoxious, Canadians polite, and the Greeks just dance – yet lacking in any real drama, only occasionally mustering enough charm or humour to rise above a predictable formula.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Glenn Whipp

    Doesn't skimp on the life lessons or instant transformations. But the movie primarily exists to give amiable Everywoman Vardalos the chance to regain her kefi.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Not likely to spur much tourism to Greece. The sights, though impressive, are not photographed interestingly, and the citizens of the host country are less than welcoming.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Vardalos has brought back the tourist comedy and delivered the dumbed-down "If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" no one wanted.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    As a laughing-through-tears jokester tourist, Richard Dreyfuss provides the only moments of real acting, as opposed to overacting, mugging, and scenery chomping.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Director Donald Petrie doesn’t have much to brag about here, but at least he gives us some nice scenery to look at.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lael Loewenstein

    Feels like warmed-over souvlaki.

    Variety Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Rarely has a film centered on a character so superficial and unconvincing, played with such unrelenting sameness. I didn't hate it so much as feel sorry for it.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Cloying and dated movie.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Sheila Bernette, as an aged pickpocket, is less a stereotype than an escapee from some provincial British comedy of the early 1950s. But she steals necklaces and knickknacks with such finesse and gusto that she also steals the movie.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    For movie-goers who like a little cleverness with their comedy, however, one word: N-opa.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    A strangely self-loathing affair that paints Vardalos's tour group as a uniformly ill-mannered, culturally illiterate bunch, while rendering Greece itself as a badly plumbed third-world hellhole run by lazy, Zorba-dancing louts.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jan Stuart

    Fittingly, My Life in Ruins goes downhill after its title.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Just to give you a taste of the movie's sophisticated idea of wit, it also makes fun of gay men.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Amy Binacolli

    A cliché movie about love, orneriness and several maddening tourists.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    All ends happily for everyone in the movie, but for those in the audience, the experience is so hackneyed that they'll come out feeling like they're wearing shirts that say, "I went to the Acropolis, but all I got was this lousy T-shirt."

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Cliff Doerksen

    Mike Reiss's witless, maudlin screenplay is like rancid leachate trickling from a Dumpster full of rotting sitcom scripts, Mary Kay sales manuals, and romance novels.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
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