'Buried' Critic Reviews

87%
MovieWeb:   13 reviews
86%
Rotten Tomatoes:   158 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    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...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    By the end, I was quietly wheezing and whinnying with distress.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    63
    An experiment in limitation that, at least until the movie's deflating final payoff, manages to tap into our deepest anxieties.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Reynolds's default has always been a sarcasm that's locked him out of seeming entirely human. In Buried, he's neutralized.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    This is shrewdly considered and edited genre work, spiced -- bitterly -- with the right variety of complication.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    Buried may be claustrophobic in scale, but its impact is immense.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rob Nelson Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    On a technical level Buried is impressive, at times blisteringly suspenseful, making the most of a ripping score and Reynolds' fully charged agony...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    You have to remind yourself to breathe.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    The suspense is gripping, even when the substance isn't.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 4 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    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 » 4 years ago
  • James Greenberg Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A horror film set in Iraq is a cinematic tour de force but raises serious questions about its ethics.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jake Coyle Associated Press (Top Critic)
    Whatever the reasons that draw us to the movies, spending 90 minutes trapped in a box with Ryan Reynolds isn't one of them.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    50
    Ninety minutes of being buried alive with Ryan Reynolds: Didn't we all suffer that in The Proposal?
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Movie Nation
    75
    Remind yourself to breathe.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Matt Glasby Total Film
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago