Buried Reviews

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Benjo Colautti
We Got This Covered
November 9, 2013
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
June 20, 2013
A nifty gimmick rarely translates into satisfying cinema, but Buried qualifies as an exception.
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 28, 2013
Remind yourself to breathe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Glasby
Total Film
October 10, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben Kendrick
October 5, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
July 23, 2012
Director Rodrigo Cortes continually achieves the seemingly impossible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
August 25, 2011
(...) Como ejercicio narrativo bastante claustrofóbico y moderadamente angustiante, tiene su atractivo. Gran parte del resultado es mérito del actor Ryan Reynolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
A brilliant genre thriller using space and perspective to confine us with the protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David N. Butterworth
July 8, 2011
This experiment in minimalist filmmaking succeeds in part because of the tight, controlled performance by one of People magazine's sexiest men (buried) alive!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
April 14, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Adam Nayman
April 4, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
April 4, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
It's kind of like if Saw were a one-man show in a tiny theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
March 24, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nick Rogers
March 19, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 1, 2011
The genius of this film is that it never once betrays its concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 31, 2011
Buried may be claustrophobic in scale, but its impact is immense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Zingale
January 10, 2011
An edge-of-your-seat nail-biter that's about as unique as they come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
January 5, 2011
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.
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