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Buried Reviews

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
January 31, 2011
Buried may be claustrophobic in scale, but its impact is immense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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.
October 5, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2010
The suspense is gripping, even when the substance isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2010
An experiment in limitation that, at least until the movie's deflating final payoff, manages to tap into our deepest anxieties.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 30, 2010
It may sound like a gimmicky premise, but Buried is as far outside the box as a buried-alive movie can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2010
At its best, Buried is a filmmaker's fondest double-dare challenge. And at its very best, it's considerably more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
September 29, 2010
This is a solid, unsettling, at times very entertaining thriller -- but the jury's still out on Reynolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
September 24, 2010
In the same way it's impossible to turn away from a grisly accident, taking your eyes away from Ryan Reynolds' hypnotizing performance is not an option.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 24, 2010
On a technical level Buried is impressive, at times blisteringly suspenseful, making the most of a ripping score and Reynolds' fully charged agony...
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2010
Reynolds is terrific, and CortÚs and Sparling overlay a preposterous premise with familiar modern complaints.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 23, 2010
As a cautionary tale about the perils of nation building, this is both creepy and provocative, but director Rodrigo CortÚs blows it in the last few minutes with a rushed ending that feels like a cheat after all the escalating tension.
September 23, 2010
This is shrewdly considered and edited genre work, spiced -- bitterly -- with the right variety of complication.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 23, 2010
Although the entire movie takes place in the enclosed space, director Rodrigo Cortes and writer Chris Sparling are ingenious in creating more plausible action than you would expect possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 22, 2010
Rodrigo CortÚs, the Spanish filmmaker behind this diabolical, Hitchcock-influenced narrative stunt, makes merry mischief with camera angles and lighting; the viewer feels suffocated along with Reynolds...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 22, 2010
Nothing this underrated actor has done previously measures up to the emotional diversity, focus and self-control required of him in a one-man exercise in underground suspense that Alfred Hitchcock would envy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2010
CortÚs has an invigorating fondness for the zoom lens. But the movie's real asset is Reynolds himself, utilizing his comedy chops for unexpected levity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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September 15, 2010
The basic conceit, which never falters right through to the surprise ending, speaks creepy volumes to a cinematic audience -- blanketed in darkness with no exit strategy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2010
A horror film set in Iraq is a cinematic tour de force but raises serious questions about its ethics.
February 1, 2010
Lionsgate snatched up the picture at Sundance and there's no doubt everyone behind this minimalist stunt will make their money back from those curious to see how well they pulled off the feat. (Answer: reasonably.)
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 25, 2010
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.