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
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.
Benjo Colautti - We Got This Covered
A nifty gimmick rarely translates into satisfying cinema, but Buried qualifies as an exception.
Laura Kern - Film Comment Magazine
Remind yourself to breathe.
Roger Moore - Movie Nation
With little more than one actor, a mobile phone, a (very full) Zippo and a few disembodied voices, director Rodrigo Cortes has created a 95-minute panic-attack-made-movie.
Matt Glasby - Total Film
Reynolds and Cortes deserve credit for their ambition and Buried is a tense but enjoyable experience for anyone interested in the core 'buried alive' concept.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
Director Rodrigo Cortes continually achieves the seemingly impossible.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
(...) Como ejercicio narrativo bastante claustrofobico y moderadamente angustiante, tiene su atractivo. Gran parte del resultado es merito del actor Ryan Reynolds.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
A brilliant genre thriller using space and perspective to confine us with the protagonist.
Wesley Lovell - 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!
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
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.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
- National Post
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.
Adam Nayman - eye WEEKLY
Reynolds is riveting, and it's possible to appreciate Cortes's bravura cinematic accomplishment. But that'll come much later, after you catch your breath.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
It's kind of like if Saw were a one-man show in a tiny theater.
Dave White - Movies.com
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.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Rodrigo Cortes'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.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
The genius of this film is that it never once betrays its concept.
Mike Edwards - What Culture
Buried, despite its seemingly impossible premise, is by turns funny, suspenseful, moving and -- in one heart-stopping sequence worthy of Indiana Jones -- incredibly exciting.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
An edge-of-your-seat nail-biter that's about as unique as they come.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Playing a character buried underneath the ground, Ryan Reynolds reveals that when it comes to acting he's all surface and no depth.
Richard Knight - Knight at the Movies
Director Rodrigo Cortes' creative use of total darkness and anxiety-inducing sound effects should inspire budget-challenged nightmare makers everywhere.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
Buried achieves the rare feat of being both deliriously enjoyable and relentlessly unpleasant. The film -- a furious fusion of Phone Booth, Wait Until Dark, 1408 and Cube -- is a ninety-minute test of endurance.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Buried works not because Ryan Reynolds is good (he is) but because director Rodrigo Cortes is even better.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
... a clever topical adaptation of the old Lucille Fletcher radio drama (and Barbara Stanwyck movie) Sorry, Wrong Number ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
The sensation of confinement is so powerful that after a while I had an overwhelming urge to try and claw my way out through the side of the cinema.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
Whoever says you need to think outside the box should think again, because Buried is nothing short of a minimalist masterpiece.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
A triumph of filmmaking design, as well as fierce thriller sure to give viewers a serious case of the heebie-jeebies.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Reynolds? portrayal of this Everyman, a guy doing his job in the wrong place at the wrong time, is sympathetic and intensely watchable from the first moment to the last.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest, although filmmakers seldom think so. Rodrigo Cortes is an exception, with his feature film debut Buried breaking a lot of rules.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Somewhere, Edgar Allan Poe is uncorking a bottle of Amontillado and laughing himself silly.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Set in Iraq, Buried takes aim at the American industrial military complex and manages to be both a cerebral experience and a perverse, visceral delight.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Sometimes Cortes gets carried away with his "angry little film criticizing the world", but hell, when you?re stuck making a movie in a box, it?s easy to see why you?d want to stand up, raise your arms and yell as loud as possible.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
Best ending of the year.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
There?s just not enough material here to sustain a 90-minute movie.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Reynolds' efforts transform what could have been a chilly technical exercise into something darkly comic, unexpectedly moving, and, above all, hot-plate skittery. You will squirm.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Cortes similarly crafts a heightened sense of awareness out of the less-is-more scenario. The result is a skillful thriller with a strong point of view that is also confident in its use of genre flourishes.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
This is as un-Hollywood a role as you could ever get, but [Reynolds] nails both the compressed physicality and fried psyche of his character with palpable precision.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Highlighting the talent and inventiveness of all involved, Buried is gripping and entertaining, making it perfect cinema viewing.
Beth Wilson - Trespass
All film-making is a manipulative art; Buried is just too overtly so.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Whether you like it or not, Buried is a film that will stick in your memory.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
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.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
Skillfully directed, shrewdly written, darkly funny, classically scored and acted right the f**k out of the park by a star not known for his dramatic chops.
William Goss - Orlando Weekly
Reynolds is an irrepressibly (some might say irritatingly) verbal actor, so there?s something both genius and obscene about subjecting him to solitary confinement by cinema.
Matt Glasby - Flicks.co.nz
Rodrigo Cortes directs and Chris Sparling wrote the screenplay. They and Reynolds should be applauded. But you wonder who on earth is going to submit themselves to a film that is set exclusively in a coffin.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
[A] grueling experience... and a thrilling one: We so rarely see movies this adventurous, this creative with their narratives and their plotting and their characters.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Buried is also one of the most visually inventive, deftly edited films of the year.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
The hero of the hour is Reynolds, who gives a hugely compelling performance mostly lying on his back. His spine probably deserves its own Oscar for sheer endurance.
Nick Dent - Sunday Mail (Australia)
If you think you're brave enough, and even if you aren't, Buried demands to be experienced on the big screen in all its suffocating, claustrophobic glory.
Scott Henderson - The Vine
Driven by Ryan Reynolds magnificent performance, this tense and ambitious film is absolutely riveting to watch unfold.
Annette Basile - FILMINK (Australia)
A part of me feels like why waste Ryan Reynolds and his hot abs in a film where he?s buried six feet under but another part of me loves how Buried flips off audiences by using a Hollywood celebrity in a manner that will only piss them off.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
One must at a minimum concede that Buried boasts an elegant premise of inordinate simplicity.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
This is an extremely well crafted film that will keep you on the edge of your seat right up to the very last shot.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
The skilful screenplay by Chris Sparling maintains the suspense right up to the will-he or wont-he get out ending, while slipping in some welcome black humour and a quietly effective message about state and corporate ruthlessness.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Buried is one of those movies that make a virtue of their limitations.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
a riveting production that's undeniably disturbing and a unique moviegoing experience.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
There's something faintly quixotic about a filmmaker who, faced with technical limitations in a script, chooses to embrace them rather than fight them. Such is the case with Buried, an uncompromising suspense thriller from Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph
One of the film's great strengths is that Sparling's script doesn't pull any punches with the scenario.
Paul Gallagher - Future Movies UK
Reynolds and Cortes have to make you believe that you're stuck in that box too, to make you feel, somewhere in your subconscious, that your quickened respirations are going to use up the air around you; and that's just what they manage to do.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
As for Reynolds' performance -- just be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Amazed, even. In Buried he may finally have found a project as good as he is.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Not recommended for claustrophobics. It's more or less a smothering experience.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Who would have thought that Ryan Reynolds talking on a cell phone in a wooden box could be so damn thrilling?
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Buried is a brutal, relentless, mind-numbing thriller whose last five minutes will leave you absolutely breathless.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
A tightly woven and effective thriller. (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
You don't have to be claustrophobic to find the entire enterprise thoroughly upsetting.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Buried wrings every last drop of tension from a simple dramatic set-up.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
Watching Ryan Reynolds trapped in a coffin for an hour-and-a-half makes for the most intense piece of cinema this year.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
"Buried" is a film that gave me claustrophobia and made me want to getback the money I had not spent on the ticket.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
If the picture has replay value, it will be to study the technically pretty astounding filmmaking going on, not because it's a journey one would necessarily like to go on again.
By the end, I was quietly wheezing and whinnying with distress.
It may sound like a gimmicky premise, but Buried is as far outside the box as a buried-alive movie can be.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
Buried would make an awesome double bill alongside Inception, as opposite ends of the clever, concept-movie spectrum.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
At its best, Buried is a filmmaker's fondest double-dare challenge. And at its very best, it's considerably more.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Bravura filmmaking, certainly, Buried borrows techniques from great inventive filmmakers (director Rodrigo Cortes cites Hitchcock, Scorsese and Spielberg in his notes) but applies them to a claustrophobic horror story that drags us into a place of terror
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
A brutally intense indie that commits to its bleak premise and doesn't back down. Tarantino will cackle as he watches.
Nick De Semlyen - Empire Magazine
Compulsive entertainment with an intelligent script that knows exactly how to maximise its cat-and-mouse tensions, slyly inviting us to appreciate and anticipate the inventive contributions of the cat quite as much as the mouse.
Catherine Bray - Film4
This is a solid, unsettling, at times very entertaining thriller -- but the jury's still out on Reynolds.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
It's a watchable enough film, if you can overlook all the holes in the plot.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
It's definitely possible to quibble about the sheer ridiculousness of Conroy's situation a day or so down the line, but while you're watching it you'll be too busy hiding behind your shirt and nibbling on your collar to even think that far ahead.
Mayer Nissim - Digital Spy
Plausibility sits cowed in a corner. It says, "Don't look at me. I have nothing to do with this."
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Reynolds delivers a relentlessly effective performance. So it's a shame that it's not more involving than it is.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Buried grabs the viewer and rarely lets its hold slip, playing on our universal fears with great skill.
Philip Concannon - The Skinny
Always confident but rarely stretched, Reynolds finally gets the chance to prove his dramatic chops as Paul runs the gauntlet of human emotion: confusion, fear, anger, hysteria, hope, sorrow, despair.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Buried does do a hell of a lot with very little. Through clever camerawork, it's surprising how much action and tension can be built.
Patrick Kolan - IGN Movies AU
Buried is completely and utterly, 100 percent dedicated to bringing you all the Ryan-Reynolds-nailed-in-a-coffin action you could ever ask for.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
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.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a genuinely suspenseful, emotionally engaging thriller with a terrific performance from Ryan Reynolds.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
the confines of a coffin become a landscape rife with every element that constitutes the most effective and most engrossing thriller, with all the visual turbulence of an action film played out in a space barely a foot high.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
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.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A bratty but canny thriller that takes a very simple premise and runs much farther with it than any right-minded director should have been able to.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine
This should really have been made for radio rather than cinema - although the performance from Ryan Reynolds keeps you riveted to see what happens.
Simon Weaving - Screenwize
Buried is remarkably cinematic, and the confined space opens up in ways you wouldn't think possible.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
With career-best work from Ryan Reynolds, Buried will find a loyal, devoted audience.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
It's a very, very good film, but it's difficult to recommend.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Talk about burying the lead. . .
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
At times so uncomfortable you'll want to look away, Reynolds' performance -- essentially a one-man show -- keeps you coming back for more.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
The filmmaking is sharp.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
A relentlessly terrifying, pulse-pounding and intelligent thriller. Ryan Reynolds gives his best performance yet. It's the most intense movie-going experience in years.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Claustrophobes and asthmatics be warned: Buried unfolds entirely within the confines of a coffin, where an increasingly desperate man faces certain death by suffocation unless he can escape.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
...plays like a Twilight Zone episode padded out to feature length.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Watching his movie, we feel distinctly the absence of a safety net -- anything can happen. Which will drive some audiences crazy, but which delighted me.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
I think they could have taken it to the next level. Buried is certainly good and worth watching, but it could have been the definitive high concept movie. Instead it's just one that doesn't suck
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
Chalk Buried firmly into the 'terrific movies I never want to see again' category.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Cleverly written and staged with plenty of wound-up energy, plus a climax that sucks the air out of the theater.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Paul's life is treated as a novelty. Out there in the audience, we're treated as suckers.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Reynolds is terrific, and Cortes and Sparling overlay a preposterous premise with familiar modern complaints.
Noel Murray - AV Club
This film's opening alone is more terrifying than the entirety of most horror movies.
Peter Hall - Hollywood.com
Pulls the tricky stunt off with flair, constantly finding new ways to keep the audience on their toes and invested in Paul's dilemma.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
An intense, claustrophobic experience that's inventively filmed and powerfully performed by Reynolds as the story's flawed but unnecessarily hard-done-by everyman.
Damon Wise - Radio Times
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.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Cortes has an invigorating fondness for the zoom lens. But the movie's real asset is Reynolds himself, utilizing his comedy chops for unexpected levity.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
A film that takes a simple idea and turns it into a movie that elicits complex reactions from the viewer...leaves you breathless and wrung out.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Those who claim that Reynolds is just a handsome star should look at this nail-biting, expertly directed political thriller, which he carries single-handedly on his solid soldiers with his dramatic chops.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A brilliantly twisted suspense thriller that would have made Alfred Hitchcock proud.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
(VIDEO) Easily the worst film of 2010...
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Reynolds takes suffering for your art to unimaginable new depths in this truly underground chiller. As he excels at reaching into the theater and grabbing viewer minds. Which gives a radically new meaning to the notion of being embedded in a war zone.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
94 minutes (in real time) of slow suffocation makes for an unusual entertainment.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
As Hollywood continues to expand its bloated visions and forsakes the very tenets of basic storytelling, Rodrigo Cortes and Ryan Reynolds go just about as small as film can go and yet deliver a vastly entertaining cinema experience.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
- NOW Toronto
A remarkable, frequently spellbinding achievement...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
So much more than its high-concept premise might suggest, Cortez's film is a bravura one-off whose simple-seeming title resonates hauntingly in the dark.
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
Buried is a truly compelling, novel and refreshing experience. It's a high concept film that stretches its idea over the duration of 90 minutes with ease.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
The film's chief virtue is that it remains true to itself - there are no sly cutaways to phones ringing in empty apartments or flashbacks to happier times, just Reynolds stuck underground and hoping for rescue.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
Make no mistake, you can make a movie about one character inside a box interesting for 94 minutes.
Neil Miller - Film School Rejects
I call 'em "gimmick thrillers," which isn't a knock -- unless you can't pull the gimmick off. For the most part, 'Buried' definitely can.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
Tighten the screws a few more times around the middle and we could have had a genuine classic on our hands. Alas, it is still probably a very good hour-long Twilight Zone episode.
Erik Childress - Cinematical
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.)
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
A solid, claustrophobic thriller anchored by a great performance from Reynolds.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Cruelly efficient yet ethically questionable, Buried jangles the nerves but gets into trouble when it aspires to political topicality.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Go in prepared for a clever cinematic experiment, ignore the little flaws, and be rewarded.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com