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Buried Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 8, 2010
There?s just not enough material here to sustain a 90-minute movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
October 6, 2010
It's too long, it loses all sense of direction at the 60 minute mark, and so much of the action is phone-based that after a while it starts to feel like an audiobook.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 25, 2010
Cruelly efficient yet ethically questionable, Buried jangles the nerves but gets into trouble when it aspires to political topicality.
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
September 21, 2010
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.
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
November 3, 2010
Playing a character buried underneath the ground, Ryan Reynolds reveals that when it comes to acting he's all surface and no depth.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
October 6, 2010
All film-making is a manipulative art; Buried is just too overtly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
September 19, 2010
(VIDEO) Easily the worst film of 2010...
Full Review | Original Score: F
Matt Pais
September 23, 2010
Too often revolves around the battery life of a cell phone and the amount of air remaining. That threat is terrifying in our mind but difficult to see on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
October 8, 2010
Whatever the reasons that draw us to the movies, spending 90 minutes trapped in a box with Ryan Reynolds isn't one of them.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 24, 2010
...plays like a Twilight Zone episode padded out to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 29, 2010
Reynolds delivers a relentlessly effective performance. So it's a shame that it's not more involving than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 24, 2010
Either Mr. Reynolds was directed to rant and rave, or his bellowing tantrums are meant to signal that Paul is a childish fool who isn't very bright.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 27, 2010
Ninety minutes of being buried alive with Ryan Reynolds: Didn't we all suffer that in The Proposal?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 30, 2010
Reynolds's default has always been a sarcasm that's locked him out of seeming entirely human. In Buried, he's neutralized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 23, 2010
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.
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
Stephanie Zacharek
September 23, 2010
Paul's life is treated as a novelty. Out there in the audience, we're treated as suckers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 27, 2010
Ends up more an exercise in bare-bones cinema than a penetrating drama, and though it's been executively efficiently, it fails to be emotionally compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
September 29, 2010
What starts out as a claustrophobic and suspenseful allegory about the folly of the Iraq War settles into a series of pseudo-ironic twists and a conclusion that will leave you gasping for air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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