A travel guide (Nia Vardalos) gains a new perspective on her life as she leads a ragtag group of tourists through her native Greece.
" Fans of fluff comedies filled with soft smiles and knowing glances will likely welcome the return of Nia Vardalos in My Life in Ruins. "
" It's a movie that gets better as it chugs along, depending on your patience level. "
" Vardalos is charming. "
" 'Ruins' is indeed an apt descriptor for this picture. "
" A romantic comedy that bathes in cliches before rinsing off with sentimentality and spritzing itself with lame jokes. The result is, alas, a bit whiffy. "
" As a laughing-through-tears jokester tourist, Richard Dreyfuss provides the only moments of real acting, as opposed to overacting, mugging, and scenery chomping. "
" Defiantly square and focus-group engineered to appeal to those harboring a soft spot for "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," the Nia Vardalos vehicle My Life in Ruins doesn't do Greece or its star many favors. "
" For those craving a baklava-sweet snack, here's your rush of the familiar. It's the rest of us who must worry about a spike in our blood sugar. "
" Half the time I wanted everyone to shut up so I could hear the tour guide lecture on the Temple of Hephaestus, or wherever. Then I wanted them to shut up so I could sleep. "
" Hollywood doesn't know what to do with difference, any more than it does with ruins. It's about time Vardalos, or someone, gave the suits a guided tour. "
" If only there was something -- anything -- else about this broad, clunky comedy to keep its name from being an oh-so-obvious punchline. "
" In fashioning a comeback for Vardalos, writer Mike Reiss has cribbed much from her Greek Wedding playbook. "
" It doesn't feel genuine at all, it feels contrived from start to finish. "
" My Life in Ruins plays out more like a thuddingly bad, been-there, seen-that sitcom. Even the sight of breathtaking ancient monuments don't keep it from crumbling. "
" My Life in Ruins will neither ruin nor change nor significantly impact your life. "
" Notably thinner, less awkward and a lot less charming, Vardalos is back with My Life in Ruins, a desperate, crass and probably futile attempt at replicating the earlier movie's fluke success. "
" Some lame gay-baiting adds ugliness to the wretched proceedings. "
" The simple charms of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the 2002 small movie that thrust Vardalos into the limelight, are nowhere to be found in this formulaic, weak chuckler. "
" With stale 1970s-style sitcom humor, My Life in Ruins has none of the homey authenticity of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. "
" You know precisely where it's headed and how it will get there halfway into Act One. "
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