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Buried (2010)



Critic Consensus: Wringing a seemingly impossible amount of gripping drama out of its claustrophobic premise, Buried is a nerve-wracking showcase for Ryan Reynolds' talent.

Movie Info

A man is caught in a desperate race against time in this claustrophobic thriller from director Rodrigo Cortés. Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is an American truck driver who has been contracted to work in Iraq, and while delivering a load of kitchen equipment as part of a humanitarian aid program, he's captured by insurgent guerrillas who intend to hold him hostage. Paul is struck unconscious, put into a coffin-like box, and buried, and when he comes to, all he has to help him get out is a lighter and a cell phone. Trapped underground with a limited supply of air, Paul frantically calls his family, his employer, and American military and political representatives, trying to remain calm as his chances of survival slip farther away with each passing minute. Featuring the voice talent of Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Samantha Mathis, and Erik Palladino, with all the action taking place within the underground box, Buried received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language and some violent content)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Sparling
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2011
Box Office: $0.2M
Lionsgate - Official Site


Ryan Reynolds
as Paul Conroy
Ivana Miño
as Pamela Lutti
Robert Paterson
as Dan Brenner
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Alan Davenport
Samantha Mathis
as Linda Conroy
Warner Loughlin
as Maryanne Conroy/Rebe...
Erik Palladino
as Special Agent Harris
Robert Clotworthy
as CRT Spokesman
Michalla Petersen
as Nursing Home Nurse
Juan Hidalgo
as Kidnapper
Kali Rocha
as 911 Operator
Anne Lockhart
as CRT Operator
Mary Songbird
as 411 Female Operator
Kirk Baily
as 411 Male Operator
Joe Guarneri
as Additional Voice
Heath Centazzo
as Additional Voice
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News & Interviews for Buried

Critic Reviews for Buried

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (27)

Buried may be claustrophobic in scale, but its impact is immense.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Buried, despite its seemingly impossible premise, is by turns funny, suspenseful, moving and -- in one heart-stopping sequence worthy of Indiana Jones -- incredibly exciting.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

If the aim is to be unpredictable and to revel in cynicism, you run the risk -- realized here -- that the movie becomes more an authorial statement of purpose than a story the audience can believe in.

Full Review… | January 5, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Buried is a one of a kind experience that goes well beyond just a movie with a neat idea. It's a thriller that really works and is one of the best films I've seen all year.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
We Got This Covered

A nifty gimmick rarely translates into satisfying cinema, but Buried qualifies as an exception.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Remind yourself to breathe.

Full Review… | January 28, 2013
Movie Nation

Audience Reviews for Buried


A very intense film. A movie some one has to see to just get the feeling.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

A manipulative thriller that wants to be a claustrophobic experience but has an irritatingly intrusive score and a heavy-handed direction that is so unnecessarily overstylish. Besides, Reynolds is not that good and his character acts like an imbecile during most of the film.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

You know how when you're watching a film and something happens onscreen that makes you think, "hey, it wouldn't happen like that in real life ... that's bogus!" which kind''ve ruins the whole suspension of belief thing?
This is not that film.
With a nod to the master, Alfred Hitchcock, we are offered several opportunities wherewith the movies have trained us to expect a certain unbelievable outcome ... and then quietly denied that expectation. Its all very refreshing, in a mesmerizing, hands-around-your-throat sort of way, as a man awakens buried in a coffin and, with his air diminishing, works to escape. Ryan Reynolds does well portraying nervous anxiety.
Really very good.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Buried Quotes

Paul Conroy: It's wierd knowing.
– Submitted by Jennifer R (4 years ago)
Jabir: American, breath no breath?
– Submitted by Mayank F (4 years ago)
Paul Conroy: Yea, you're a terrorist you son of a bitch!
Jabir: You terrified, so I'm terrorist.
– Submitted by Diana L (4 years ago)
Paul Conroy: The situation is in a coffin.
– Submitted by Trenton L (4 years ago)

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