Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
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  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
    88
    Those drawn to unusual, unflinching feats of filmmaking and rare acting turns as well as sustained suspense will be captivated by Buried.
  3. 88
    The use of 2:35 wide screen paradoxically increases the effect of claustrophobia. I would not like to be buried alive.
  4. This exercise in racked nerves makes most of the year's thrillers look like flailing maniacs by comparison.
  5. 88
    The movie works not because of twists and switchbacks in the narrative, but because of the skill with which Cortés has conceived this singularly disturbing nightmare.
  6. 83
    Balanced precariously between a horror film and a war movie, but it's so sly and assured that you can't dismiss the allegorical, even satirical undertones that Cortés teases out of Sparling's conceit.
  7. The movie's real asset is Reynolds himself, utilizing his comedy chops for unexpected levity.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    80
    A brutally intense indie that commits to its bleak premise and doesn't back down. Tarantino will cackle as he watches.
  9. Just when it seems he's left himself with no way out, he comes up with a finish guaranteed to leave you breathless.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    80
    In purely cinematic terms, Buried, set in late 2006, is an ingenious exercise in sustained tension that would make Alfred Hitchcock turn over in his grave.
  12. 78
    You've got to hand it to Reynolds, director Cortés, and screenwriter Chris Sparling; they milk every single frisson of nail-ripping anxiety from a stunningly simple – yet universally recognized and dreaded – conceit and then cap it with a payoff of molar-pulverizing intensity.
  13. 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.
  14. 75
    The effect is genuinely creepy, but do not even think of seeing Buried if you suffer from claustrophobia.
  15. 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.
  16. 75
    This is a movie best seen cold.
  17. Inky-black humor does strike on occasion, and when it does, it's surprising. So is the movie's star, who sweats and shrieks with game intensity and a capacity for discomfort that would impress a Byzantine saint.
  18. 75
    You have to remind yourself to breathe.
  19. The best parts of Sparling's script play like an absurdist snuff film.
  20. The political angle is gratuitous, even foolish, and certainly a distraction from the movie's visual strengths.
  21. 63
    On a technical level Buried is impressive, at times blisteringly suspenseful.
  22. 63
    A well-made, excruciating exercise in containment and sustained suspense. It's a breakout moment for Reynolds. Is it a fun hour and a half? No. But it succeeds within its own straitened contours. It's an intriguing squirm. Now, please get me outta here.
  23. As a cautionary tale about the perils of nation building, this is both creepy and provocative, but director Rodrigo Cortés blows it in the last few minutes with a rushed ending that feels like a cheat after all the escalating tension.
  24. 50
    Buried works better as an evocation of "Twilight Zone'' eeriness. Even then, it's silly and gimmicky.
  25. 50
    Ninety minutes of being buried alive with Ryan Reynolds: Didn't we all suffer that in "The Proposal"?
  26. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    50
    Director Rodrigo Cortes intends us to feel trapped, twitchy and unhappy and at the same time, wildly grateful we're not actually in the box like Paul. I could do without that kind of guilt trip from a film.
  27. 45
    Your enjoyment - if that's the right word - of Buried will hinge on two things: Your ability to tolerate situations in which characters are confined to very tight spaces, and your willingness to be emotionally manipulated in the cheapest way imaginable.
  28. 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.
  29. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    30
    Rodrigo Cortes keeps the action bound to the box, limiting his lighting to naturalistic approximations, so that much of Reynolds's performance consists of him grunting and heaving in the dark.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 177 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 46
  2. Negative: 7 out of 46
  1. Sep 18, 2011
    8
    Director Rodrigo Cortes' "Buried" had a decent ending, but the movie 'buries' all of it with its slow building tension and a lone, powerfulDirector Rodrigo Cortes' "Buried" had a decent ending, but the movie 'buries' all of it with its slow building tension and a lone, powerful performance by Ryan Reynolds as Paul Conroy. Full Review »
  2. Mar 30, 2011
    9
    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 meSuch 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. Full Review »
  3. Feb 28, 2011
    10
    Unbelievable. Ryan Reynolds sure showed me. He plays Paul Conroy with such realism and intensity that I couldn't help but root for him. BuriedUnbelievable. 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. Full Review »