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  • Summary: But when he wakes up six feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time, fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only ninety minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true. (Lionsgate) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. In theory, we go to movies for enjoyment. Director Rodrigo Cortés inverts that notion with Buried, a terrific, claustrophobic, fist-clenching film in which he tortures his audience in exquisite fashion.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Those drawn to unusual, unflinching feats of filmmaking and rare acting turns as well as sustained suspense will be captivated by Buried.
  3. 80
    It's brilliantly silly entertainment whose flaws are glaring only in hindsight; in the moment, you'll have much more fun if you stop looking for holes in the script and join Paul in looking for a way out.
  4. 75
    Buried is as much about dropped calls, getting sent to voicemail, and being openly lied to by our institutions as it about being buried alive by terrorists.
  5. Unfortunately, as the phone battery wears down, the plot's theatrics heat up to pot-boiling degrees of incredulity – a senile mother, a vicious personnel director, even a coiled serpent, all vie to raise the ante. Talk about your bad day.
  6. 63
    On a technical level Buried is impressive, at times blisteringly suspenseful.
  7. In the movie's cheapest, most exploitative gesture - just as it is about to run out of tricks - a snake slithers into the pine box in which Paul awakens bound and gagged, not knowing where he is. With that gimmick, the movie sacrifices its last shred of integrity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 43
  2. Negative: 6 out of 43
  1. Feb 28, 2011
    Unbelievable. Ryan Reynolds sure showed me. He plays Paul Conroy with such realism and intensity that I couldn't help but root for him. Buried is a very intense 90-minute thrill ride that never lets up. The pacing is absolutely amazing, especially for taking place in a small box during its entirety. This is an exercise in minimalist entertainment that had me rocking on the edge of my seat and gasping for air during the final 10 minutes. Searingly intense. Expand
  2. Jan 13, 2012
    This movie was absolutely thrilling. It grips you from the opening minute and it will never let go until the heart-racing ending. Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) will make you laugh, he will make you cry, and he will leave you on the edge of your seat for the whole 90 minute duration. This movie will take over your emotions and it will mess with your mind for the whole ride. I didn't believe a movie filmed entirely in a buried coffin could be entertaining at all, but Rodrigo Cortes proved me wrong as you feel for Paul and what hes going through which makes it all the more mind-bending. If you love thrillers, and you are not claustrophobic you HAVE to watch Buried, you will love it and you will hate it, its that good. 9.5/10 Expand
  3. Mar 30, 2011
    Such a fantastic film. There's so many thrills, and I watched this the day after I watched "Unstoppable" so it was another film that gave me tonnes of thrills. The ending was so unexpected and there were so many twists in the film that you couldn't help but go with it. Anybody into thrillers? You will love this. It takes a little while to pick up though, so the first 15 minutes is just Ryan Reynolds struggling and shuffling. Expand
  4. Feb 16, 2011
    This film sounds good. I'd like the ability to 'save' films to my profile so I have a list of them to watch later, which is pretty much the reason why I signed up, but apparently the only way to do this is to write a review. Expand
  5. Jan 14, 2013
    This movie, works! I am not claustrophobic. But After watching the movie for 30mins, I started to be! Then I calmed down. When the main character started to get his hopes up in being rescued! The ending was sad, but very real! The movie is a solid 7 out of 10 stars! Expand
  6. Aug 11, 2012
    Claustrophobic sufferers beware, you're in for a scare. 'Buried' is good film, nothing to special but it features enough of a decent plot device to fill the full 94 minutes without feeling outstretched and bloated. At times, it does however, feel like Macgyver in a box, err, coffin. You can tell the director was inspired by **** as a filmmaker as there are multiple eerie influences by the grand master in this movie. Both the lighting and the camera angles are supporting characters in this film as they attempt to focus on a terrific Ryan Reynolds. Expand
  7. Mar 29, 2011
    This was a terrible movie, definitely one I struggled to continue watching. The entire movie seems to have a predictable plot along with boring events happening, all of it being shot from in the box. To give my full feel of this movie, let me put it this way: probably the most expensive thing was Ryan Reynolds - half of the budget of the movie going to paying him for being in it. Otherwise, a box and other random items couldn't have been expensive, and weren't even used the best. I wouldn't ever watch this movie again. Expand

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