Buried Reviews

  • Rodrigo Cortes, 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...

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • An experiment in limitation that, at least until the movie's deflating final payoff, manages to tap into our deepest anxieties.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Reynolds's default has always been a sarcasm that's locked him out of seeming entirely human. In Buried, he's neutralized.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • This is shrewdly considered and edited genre work, spiced -- bitterly -- with the right variety of complication.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • As a cautionary tale about the perils of nation building, this is both creepy and provocative, but director Rodrigo Cortes blows it in the last few minutes with a rushed ending that feels like a cheat after all the escalating tension.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

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

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • 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.

    Rob Nelson — Variety

  • On a technical level Buried is impressive, at times blisteringly suspenseful, making the most of a ripping score and Reynolds' fully charged agony...

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • 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.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • The suspense is gripping, even when the substance isn't.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • 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.

    Globe and Mail

  • 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.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • A horror film set in Iraq is a cinematic tour de force but raises serious questions about its ethics.

    James Greenberg — Hollywood Reporter

  • Whatever the reasons that draw us to the movies, spending 90 minutes trapped in a box with Ryan Reynolds isn't one of them.

    Jake Coyle — Associated Press

  • 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.

    Mary F. Pols — TIME Magazine

  • Ninety minutes of being buried alive with Ryan Reynolds: Didn't we all suffer that in The Proposal?

    Peter Travers — Rolling Stone

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