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Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Actors: Chris William Martin , Kali Rocha , Erik Palladino , Warner Loughlin , Ivana Miño , Samantha Mathis , Stephen Tobolowsky , Robert Paterson , José Luis García Pérez , Ryan Reynolds
Directors: Rodrigo Cortés
Release: 2010-10-15
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  • Bill Goodykoontz

    In theory, we go to movies for enjoyment. Director Rodrigo Cortés inverts that notion with Buried, a terrific, claustrophobic, fist-clenching film in which he tortures his audience in exquisite fashion.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The use of 2:35 wide screen paradoxically increases the effect of claustrophobia. I would not like to be buried alive.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    This exercise in racked nerves makes most of the year's thrillers look like flailing maniacs by comparison.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Those drawn to unusual, unflinching feats of filmmaking and rare acting turns as well as sustained suspense will be captivated by Buried.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The movie works not because of twists and switchbacks in the narrative, but because of the skill with which Cortés has conceived this singularly disturbing nightmare.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Balanced precariously between a horror film and a war movie, but it's so sly and assured that you can't dismiss the allegorical, even satirical undertones that Cortés teases out of Sparling's conceit.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    It's brilliantly silly entertainment whose flaws are glaring only in hindsight; in the moment, you'll have much more fun if you stop looking for holes in the script and join Paul in looking for a way out.

    NPR Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Just when it seems he's left himself with no way out, he comes up with a finish guaranteed to leave you breathless.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Nick de Semlyen

    A brutally intense indie that commits to its bleak premise and doesn't back down. Tarantino will cackle as he watches.

    Empire Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The movie's real asset is Reynolds himself, utilizing his comedy chops for unexpected levity.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Rob Nelson

    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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    You've got to hand it to Reynolds, director Cortés, and screenwriter Chris Sparling; they milk every single frisson of nail-ripping anxiety from a stunningly simple – yet universally recognized and dreaded – conceit and then cap it with a payoff of molar-pulverizing intensity.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    This is a movie best seen cold.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    Inky-black humor does strike on occasion, and when it does, it's surprising. So is the movie's star, who sweats and shrieks with game intensity and a capacity for discomfort that would impress a Byzantine saint.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Unfortunately, as the phone battery wears down, the plot's theatrics heat up to pot-boiling degrees of incredulity – a senile mother, a vicious personnel director, even a coiled serpent, all vie to raise the ante. Talk about your bad day.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    You have to remind yourself to breathe.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The effect is genuinely creepy, but do not even think of seeing Buried if you suffer from claustrophobia.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Buried is as much about dropped calls, getting sent to voicemail, and being openly lied to by our institutions as it about being buried alive by terrorists.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    The best parts of Sparling's script play like an absurdist snuff film.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The political angle is gratuitous, even foolish, and certainly a distraction from the movie's visual strengths.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    On a technical level Buried is impressive, at times blisteringly suspenseful.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    A well-made, excruciating exercise in containment and sustained suspense. It's a breakout moment for Reynolds. Is it a fun hour and a half? No. But it succeeds within its own straitened contours. It's an intriguing squirm. Now, please get me outta here.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

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

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Buried works better as an evocation of "Twilight Zone'' eeriness. Even then, it's silly and gimmicky.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Director Rodrigo Cortes intends us to feel trapped, twitchy and unhappy and at the same time, wildly grateful we're not actually in the box like Paul. I could do without that kind of guilt trip from a film.

    Time Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    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.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Your enjoyment - if that's the right word - of Buried will hinge on two things: Your ability to tolerate situations in which characters are confined to very tight spaces, and your willingness to be emotionally manipulated in the cheapest way imaginable.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    In the movie's cheapest, most exploitative gesture - just as it is about to run out of tricks - a snake slithers into the pine box in which Paul awakens bound and gagged, not knowing where he is. With that gimmick, the movie sacrifices its last shred of integrity.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Steven Meyer's deeply affecting documentary, narrated by Laurie Anderson, takes us back to a camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, Majdanek, in order to honor those who left everything behind.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The film would be stronger if it told us a little more about what the survivors have been doing since the camp was liberated by the Soviets in 1944, but their reactions to revisiting the camp are wrenching to watch.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    With the survivors' physical presence amongst Nazi slaughterhouses as its own powerful statement, Buried Prayers is a nonfiction work that confronts Holocaust atrocities from a piercing ground-level view.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Andrew Schenker

    Steven Meyer's documentary treads a middle ground between illumination and cheap waterworks.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ronnie Scheib

    Documentary's insistent inflation of buried gold jewelry and watches into symbols of heroic defiance and transcendental tragedy rings hollow in the wake of weightier Holocaust testimonials.

    Variety Full Review
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