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Buried (2010)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 151
Fresh: 131 | Rotten: 20

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


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 7

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



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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


Mystery & Suspense

Jan 18, 2011


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All Critics (151) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (131) | Rotten (20) | DVD (10)

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

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Buried may be claustrophobic in scale, but its impact is immense.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

January 5, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (2)
TIME Magazine
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Whatever the reasons that draw us to the movies, spending 90 minutes trapped in a box with Ryan Reynolds isn't one of them.

October 8, 2010 | Comments (17)
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The tension keeps building, right to the end. Proving yet again that in movies, even though the space may get smaller, the picture doesn't have to.

October 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The suspense is gripping, even when the substance isn't.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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A nifty gimmick rarely translates into satisfying cinema, but Buried qualifies as an exception.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Remind yourself to breathe.

January 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

With little more than one actor, a mobile phone, a (very full) Zippo and a few disembodied voices, director Rodrigo Cortés has created a 95-minute panic-attack-made-movie.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Reynolds and Cortés deserve credit for their ambition and Buried is a tense but enjoyable experience for anyone interested in the core 'buried alive' concept.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

Director Rodrigo Cortes continually achieves the seemingly impossible.

July 23, 2012 Full Review Source:

(...) Como ejercicio narrativo bastante claustrofóbico y moderadamente angustiante, tiene su atractivo. Gran parte del resultado es mérito del actor Ryan Reynolds.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

A brilliant genre thriller using space and perspective to confine us with the protagonist.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

This experiment in minimalist filmmaking succeeds in part because of the tight, controlled performance by one of People magazine's sexiest men (buried) alive!

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source:

Conveys the intensity and introspective horror of its subject's extreme life-or-death circumstances far more authentically and grippingly than the similar, flashier and shallower 127 Hours.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comments (2)
Lessons of Darkness

Buried may well be an allegory for the fates of so many Americans waylaid in sandier climes, but it works first and foremost as an experiential horror film -- the best of its kind in some time.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Reynolds is riveting, and it's possible to appreciate Cortés's bravura cinematic accomplishment. But that'll come much later, after you catch your breath.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

It's kind of like if Saw were a one-man show in a tiny theater.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

While its central conceit - its six-feet-under micro-location - might seem gimmicky, it's a gimmick that would get real tired real quick if not for an exceptional script and one hell of a performance.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard

Rodrigo Cortés's film is rigidly grim and relentlessly discomforting - thanks to superior sound design, creatively claustrophobic camerawork and a one-man-show from Ryan Reynolds, who leaves no room for sarcasm in this sarcophagus.

March 19, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

The genius of this film is that it never once betrays its concept.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comment (1)
What Culture

An edge-of-your-seat nail-biter that's about as unique as they come.

January 10, 2011 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Buried

Buried's premise is simple; What do you do if you wake up buried in a coffin? Its a Hitchcockian idea but even old Hitch would find it hard to film a 90 minute film in a box. So director Rodrigo Cortés should be congratulated for trying, way before he is congratulated for achieving. With the obvious constraints you need a good actor, Ryan Reynolds does not spring to mind at all but somehow he does it. It's no masterpiece but what they do with as little as they have is impressive. The only criticism I have is the use of technology. It is used to further the story but I think it also takes away creativity somewhat. What if you wake up in a coffin without a mobile phone? would have been cleverer. It raises lots of questions without really answering them a well which is marginally frustrating at times but on the whole it's quite an achievement.
March 7, 2014

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July 1, 2013
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Imagine you wake up in a coffin underground with just a lighter and a cell phone. Who do you call? How do you explain yourself? This film spreads this premise over 90 minutes, which is pushing it and has to rely on the lone actor of the film. Ryan Reynolds does a decent job but overall he can't prevent the movie from having a few lengthy parts. Of course there are also wonderfully claustrophobic and exciting sequences and overall our protagonist's choice of limited calls makes sense. Sadly, towards the end the film decides to comment on corporate greed and politics, which is a bit ridiculous. And some parts, like the solution, are just sadistic for sadism's sake. A worthy attempt that could have been much better.
June 30, 2013

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    1. Paul Conroy: It's wierd knowing.
    – Submitted by Jennifer R (23 months ago)
    1. Jabir: American, breath no breath?
    – Submitted by Mayank F (2 years ago)
    1. Paul Conroy: Yea, you're a terrorist you son of a bitch!
    2. Jabir: You terrified, so I'm terrorist.
    – Submitted by Diana L (2 years ago)
    1. Paul Conroy: The situation is in a coffin.
    – Submitted by Trenton L (2 years ago)
    1. Paul Conroy: The guy says he wants five million dollors by 9:00 tonight.
    2. Rebecca Browning: Or else?
    3. Paul Conroy: Or else he'll take me to Seaworld, what the hell do you think lady?
    – Submitted by Samantha W (2 years ago)
    1. Paul Conroy: It's over, isn't it?
    2. Dan Brenner: No! [long pause] Yeah.
    – Submitted by Virginia L (2 years ago)
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