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Buried

2010
Suspense/Thriller
Mystery
1h 35m
Paul is a U.S. contractor 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.
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Buried

2010
Suspense/Thriller
Mystery
1h 35m
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Avg Percentile 51.09% from 2600 total ratings

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Rated 07 Dec 2010
8
79th
Not often does a film entirely shot in a coffin maintain your interest for 90 minutes. Cortes deserves a great deal of recognition for this as I never tired of the bleak atmosphere. Easily helped by Reynolds who gave a superb performance all while laying on his back and the screenplay by Sparling which is truly terrific. Amazing ending on top of that, bit of a 2010 gem really.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
70
65th
Remarkably, Cortés achieves the impossible. He held my attention on one guy inside a literally very confined space through sheer ingenuity (and a good script). Reynolds, not the actor with the widest range, does well and his likeability is key here. I enjoyed the cynical scene where he's on the phone with his employer.
Rated 28 Jul 2010
40
25th
More admirable because of it's ingenious concept and how it manages to stay true to the premise, Buried gets tangled to the inevitable: you can't make a 90 minute film of a guy stuck in a box interesting. While I admire the helmer resisting the urge to venture outside the coffin, it does feel as if something is missing. Starting from the hitchcockian opening credits, there is a tingling sense of paranoia that ultimately goes nowhere. The political content is quite a letdown.
Rated 14 May 2011
80
77th
I really like the new direction of the Van Wilder franchise.
Rated 13 Nov 2010
3
28th
What's the expression... "all dressed up with nowhere to go?" This movie gives us an interesting concept and then fails to do anything interesting with it. Didn't give a shit whether he lived or died.
Rated 23 Jan 2011
82
85th
An amazing film, at least from a film-making perspective. We've seen the boundaries of cinema pushed before but this takes it to a new limit; an entire feature shot within a wooden box. The script and the performance are excellent, and huge credit to Rodrigo Cortes for having the vision to blast through the self-imposed restrictions and create a compelling, tense thriller with characters, plot twists, drama, emotion, wit and even visual flair. Even better than some films not set in coffins.
Rated 21 Feb 2011
65
57th
Way better than most "guy buried alive in a coffin"-flicks.
Rated 19 Sep 2012
1
0th
Ryan Reynolds couldn't act his way out of a box.
Rated 19 Jan 2011
60
40th
Very well executed and made the most of its claustrophobic, constrictive atmosphere. Never mind the plausibility issues. I am willing to suspend my disbelief. Where it falls flat is in its thematic content. The contrived faux-political plot just didn't do much for me. And that "company ditching their employees to avoid paying insurance" subplot only made it worse. The ending was good though.
Rated 23 Aug 2011
10
4th
Inside Paul's Coffin of Unlimited Oxygen, he keeps his large-flamed lighter lit for half the movie for no reason other than to be seen. Later he switches to a glowstick and a flashlight that were with him all along. He also has a magical phone with perfect reception to everywhere in the world despite being buried underground, which he uses to throw childish tantrums at friend and foe alike, to which they respond with ineptly-written dialogue. A stupid and garishly pretentious political allegory.
Rated 10 Apr 2011
65
40th
The technical values are superb, but I still wasn't completely sold on the movie and couldn't care less about the character. I suspect it's because of Ryan Reynolds. Still, an interesting experience.
Rated 27 Jun 2014
43
13th
I would rather spend 90 minutes locked in a coffin with Ryan Reynolds than watch this movie again, and I'm pretty damn straight. At least that's what I tell myself, my wife, my friends and family, Jeff who I meet at the gym every other week, my stylist, and the patrons of my local bar The Stiff Drink Pub.
Rated 11 Feb 2011
2
21st
Ruined by unsubtle political and social themes, sentimentality, and dumb filler more at home in an action movie (fire and snakes and terrorists!). Not to mention Ryan Reynolds doesn't have the chops to carry a movie on his back. I can't count the number of times I rolled my eyes during this movie.
Rated 22 Jan 2011
68
68th
Buried is limited by its own script, but Rodrigo Cortés does good: in such a tiny space, he manages to keep the audience involved with Conroy's story until the very end, by moving the camera when it needs to be moved, not just taking shortcuts by easy cutting and editing. What really makes this feature interesting, however, isn't its claustrophobic suspense, but its powerful American drama, which translates some of post-9/11 and Iraq war anxieties. The finale, in this sense, is perfect.
Rated 13 Jan 2011
75
71st
This concept is based around a natural in born phobia that really sells itself. All the director had to do was competently string together a plot and some well shot tense scenes. This films works in this regard but seems to go off the rails a bit near the end with every incident in the coffin a little worse and more contrived than the next. The weakest part of the film is some of the deadpan voice acting from the people on the phone.
Rated 06 Oct 2015
82
48th
"Buried" is the type of movie that feeds your eyes, but then makes you want to sew them shut. Jesus Christ!
Rated 26 Dec 2010
1
16th
Feels very 'made' and not realistic, considering the dialogue.
Rated 17 Aug 2014
62
54th
Click on "MAPS" on your Blackberry Ryan, click on it!
Rated 20 Mar 2011
84
77th
While it doesn't completely work, it's an impressive film none the less. It uses the single set to its full potential and evokes the appropriate discomfort, anxiety and claustrophobia and keeps the suspense going for the full 90 minutes. The commentary on war politics is well woven into the script and the ending is absolutely perfect.
Rated 30 Jan 2011
60
46th
Got a little too twisty as it went along, and it should have been shortened to a tidy 75 minutes or so. Nevertheless, it's pretty gripping and not too tedious for a one-location, one-actor film.
Rated 12 May 2019
77
70th
A great concept for a bottle film that avoids many of the cliche pitfalls that I had anticipated going in. The camera work is inventive and keeps things fresh and the pacing is solid for the entire runtime. A good exercise in limitations. Cool that they got Stephen Tobolowsky for that one call, great choice.
Rated 21 Nov 2019
5
5th
Cinema of the USA/NATO countries is so fucked that this movie takes place entirely in a box in the ground and it's still soft-apologism for a genocidal war of aggression.
Rated 21 Jan 2011
81
71st
Claustrophobic niche horror movies have a new bar to surpass. Aside from that, it was still a pretty good movie. I liked a lot of the cinematography, despite the limited angles that could be used due to the setting.
Rated 16 Nov 2011
60
39th
Effective horror film that tries a little too hard to keep things interesting with just a guy in a box.
Rated 29 Jan 2012
70
67th
It's an interesting concept, generally very well executed and expertly performed by Reynolds. I certainly can't remember seeing him perform as well as this in anything else anyway!? There were some bits that came across a little bit silly and a touch predictable, but it's rare to see a one-man-show on film and both director and performer should be commended for it.
Rated 20 Nov 2010
70
71st
You've gotta hand it to Cortes, cause this is a decent thriller with some great sound, camera and lighting. RR is okay and manages to keep you focused through the 90 minutes and I love that the movie doesn't go Hollywood on us. Definitely recommendable...
Rated 30 Jan 2011
85
88th
It is a shame that these sort of wonderfully told high concept movies can never reach a top rating due to flaws in their design. 'Buried' is to be applauded for its effective execution, with almost only Reynolds (who does a great job) on the screen, aided by a fantastic use of sound and cinematography. While it has a hard time transcending it's concept of a guy having a seriously bad day in a coffin, 'Buried' beats most spectacle movies out there in pure Hitchcockian suspence. Great movie.
Rated 07 Dec 2010
84
95th
One of the best films of 2010, Buried is the remarkable film about someone who is... well... buried. Nothing really special about the story: man kidnapped and buried in a coffin with nothing but a cellphone so he can ask his family to pay the ransom. The way director Cortés and actor Reynolds cope with the story is nothing short of amazing: the camera never leaves the coffin, so you'll see almost nothing but the man and the inside of the coffin - but you'll not get bored for one second. Amazing.
Rated 20 Jan 2011
15
2nd
Buried is a pretentious, monotonous chore of a film. It doesn't help that the script is a poor man's version of phone booth, where the majority of the film is a man talking on a cell phone except the dialog is humorless and whiny. The lead, with a one note performance by Ryan Reynolds, is so overwhelmingly pessimistic and helpless that you can't help but to not care what happens. This is one of those sad occasions where the minimalist setting gimmick seemed to come more out of a lack of budget.
Rated 19 Jan 2011
70
51st
Had just enough to draw tension and feelings of panic. So many things seem unrealistic to really buy the premise.
Rated 12 Oct 2010
90
95th
Where I usually give points for effects, make up, 'splosions, etc., in this case, all the points go to what's NOT there, and how much the filmmakers are able to do with so little. Managing to be both a study in film making economy AND a poignant political and social comment, 'Buried' is without a doubt one of the best scripted, most well acted, and most suspenseful movies I have ever had the fortune of seeing. This little gem is the perfect running time and won't leave you bored for an instant!
Rated 07 Dec 2010
56
29th
I have some mixed feelings about this film. On the one hand, it's amazing how an entire film can be shot inside a coffin and is still able to make it worth watching. On the other hand, it couldn't keep me interested the entire time. It was too slow in the beginning and only became interesting after the (utmost striking) phonecall about the insurance. Reynolds' best role so far. He really was amazing!
Rated 13 Oct 2011
60
63rd
Filmmakers deserve credit for the originality of the idea and for the effectiveness of the execution which, if not perfect, nevertheless mostly maintains tension, while pursuing its political agenda, which is a little more interesting and wide-ranging than seems generally to be acknowledged.
Rated 30 Oct 2013
60
68th
Better than anything Kathryn Bigelow ever did.
Rated 17 Jan 2011
76
65th
You just have to marvel at the creativity and inventiveness of the filmmakers. To make a movie about a guy in a coffin for 90 minutes nail-bitingly thrilling is not an easy task. And they succeeded beyond what I would have expected.
Rated 16 Jan 2012
80
74th
I kept waiting for the director to take the shot away from the coffin (no one would make a 90 minute film about one guy in a box, would they?), but he never did. Major credit to everyone for that, because they pulled it off and kept the film interesting throughout. Reynolds isn't an amazing actor, but he should also get kudos for taking on such a ballsy role, and he does well enough with some great material. I didn't find the political stuff as grating as some, so don't overlook this movie.
Rated 02 Nov 2010
85
87th
Original, claustrophobic, and brilliant in it's simplicity, Buried is a film not to be missed. Ryan Reynolds gives probably his best performance to date (which is good because he is really the only person we see besides one video and voice-overs). It does feel like they decided they had to stretch to make the movie an hour and a half (namely the part with the snake), but by the end you are at the edge of your seat.
Rated 10 Oct 2010
80
86th
Almost perfectly executed hitchcockian thriller, that manages to integrate political subtext as believable elements in the high concept story without it feeling forced. Reynolds is great as the man in the box, but what keeps the adrenaline flowing and knuckles white is the masterful sound design and impressively inventive camerawork.
Rated 03 Aug 2012
74
79th
Being stuck in a box with Ryan Reynolds was not my idea of how to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, so I left him there with a phone and some glo-stix.
Rated 04 Nov 2010
7
57th
Taut, gripping thriller, miraculously infused with some astute political footing. Confining us to the interior of the coffin creates a great atmosphere, paving the way for a great finale as it refuses to settle for a simple outcome, which apparently didn't sit well with my fellow cinema-goers, as they peevishly expressed their discontent like a bunch of malnourished cows. Reynolds is very watchable in this, keeping me on the edge of my seat. One of 2010's better entries.
Rated 24 Dec 2010
3
32nd
If they left more unanswered and kept it more low-key, it could've been an intriguing existential thriller. But no, no no - they had to throw in their boring politics and give us the most uninteresting villain imaginable. Personally, I thought the snake made for a better antagonist.
Rated 27 Dec 2010
2
10th
Not to my taste. Lack of substance replaced with intensity.
Rated 31 May 2011
50
48th
Considering most of us would pay good money to see Ryan Reynolds suffer a long, slow, painful death it seems an odd choice to cast him as the focus of our sympathies, and it's this and many other minor gripes that sees Buried lose much of its potential. The set-up is fine, it just doesn't quite know where to go or how to get there (a snake? hallucinatory rescue? the 'company culpability' conversation? come on). You get exactly what you're expecting then, a decent premise but not the execution.
Rated 17 Jan 2012
90
85th
Wow, what balls. People don't realize how ingenious this film is. We're watching three different time-bombs count down to zero simultaneously. On top of that, there's only one location and one actor on-screen. What balls.
Rated 05 Oct 2010
73
52nd
It's a huge challenge for a filmmaker and Cortes pulls it off pretty well. It's still just a man in a box for 90 minutes.
Rated 06 Jan 2011
75
71st
Anxious is the word.
Rated 04 May 2012
16
4th
In a theory, a very good scenario. This concept, realised in some other way, would score 90 out of 100 with ease. Unfortunately, one location, one actor (if one doesn't count several voice actors) and minutes and minutes of the black screen doesn't help to earn them. It was made as some sort of XX catharsis, but I'd rather stick with ancient Greeks for it. Some moments irritate a viewer, some are just boring, but no strong feeelings are included. That's sad, because this movie has a potential.
Rated 04 Jan 2011
85
91st
Desperately great! Hope is definitely one of the most heartbreaking characteristics of human beings. Go Ryan Reynolds.
Rated 06 Nov 2013
75
82nd
one man, one coffin, no shot from the outside - the most consequent movie ever
Rated 26 Dec 2010
82
87th
Intriguing despite it being set in one location.
Rated 14 Mar 2012
3
35th
This could have been enjoyable, if the protagonist wasn't so darned stupid.
Rated 26 Sep 2017
15
60th
7/7
Rated 11 Dec 2010
100
0th
It's amazing how much you can do cinematically with a coffin, Ryan Reynolds, Blackberry and Zippo.
Rated 28 Dec 2010
49
51st
As good as a one set movie can get.
Rated 20 Feb 2013
44
3rd
Really, really boring. The premise did fascinate me because I was curious how they'd make it work. They didn't, acting isn't terrible but I didn't think the main character was very likeable, possibly ruining any suspense or emotion they tried to add to this film. Ending is actually pretty good but doesn't justify watching 90 minutes of an uninteresting man in a coffin. It seems this film is trying to make some points but they are overly simplified and executed rather poorly.
Rated 25 Jun 2015
73
59th
If you ever thought it's impossible to make a good film about Ryan Reynolds being trapped in a box for 90mins (and nothing else) see this film. Engaging, tense, and technically very impressive work. The central metaphor of an individual buried alive by faceless (quite literally) political machinations is kinda trite but works. Maybe trying a bit too hard but overall it's a well executed and claustrophobic thriller that manages to live up to its grim premise both technically & story-wise.
Rated 06 Mar 2012
82
54th
Went into Buried having heard good things, so my expectations were a tad high. For a film that never leaves a very small confined space they managed to create a ton of suspense. Some things came off as a tad hokey, but its a very solid film. Ryan Reynolds does a great job making Buried a very emotional movie. The cinematography manages to take the tiny space given and make some beautiful shots out of it.
Rated 25 Jan 2011
9
2nd
One of the biggest disappointments I've ever had. The idea sounded great but it was terribly done. The type of movie where it ends and everyone is like "That's it?!" (and not in an Inception-type good way). The only reason I don't give this movie a zero is because I was actually captivated at first wondering what would happen next.But that lasted 11 min.
Rated 28 Mar 2011
40
13th
A film that gives screen time to a single character needs one hell of a character to engage your attention for the span of the story. It has to be said that Reynolds portrays no such character. He's believable enough, but the story was weak and predictable and frankly a little nonsensical in places; the main character never does anything a normal person in that situation would do. Unneeded in-your-face politics add further turn-offs. I'd stick to "Phone Booth".
Rated 03 Aug 2014
85
42nd
Excellent little film that takes place in real time in one location. I did not like the ending too much, but everything up until the final frames is wonderful. Very intense, creative film making and criminally under seen. Reynolds also proves he can act here, and I think he would be better suited to smaller, smarter material like this instead of the blockbusters he insists on headlining.
Rated 08 Feb 2012
55
49th
Not bad.
Rated 06 Oct 2010
85
55th
GOOD: Great premise, nice ending, made best use out of environment -BAD: Villains too hamy, Reynolds doesn't come off believable as a truck driver, serpent doesn't fit
Rated 20 Mar 2013
78
81st
Great! It's incredible how a movie taking place on no more than a few square meters and with only one visible character can grip you for this long. Beautiful plot, great acting and the political background twist just makes it more believable and makes you wonder about where we're heading as a people.
Rated 29 Apr 2012
50
13th
Irritating.
Rated 05 Oct 2011
70
54th
Really worth the watch. The setting was even more simple than Phonebooth or Dogville.. Great acting by Ryan Reynolds, who is the only actor you really see in the whole movie. The beginning is kind of slow, but at the end you get an adrenaline rush, what brilliance! LOVED the ending. Very original!
Rated 04 Aug 2017
76
82nd
Hard watch. The strong performance, however, makes it a tense thriller
Rated 09 Nov 2011
75
75th
Goddamn exciting!
Rated 29 May 2015
70
41st
Really good towards the beginning, especially considering the limitations (it's surprisingly cinematic, though very difficult visually, what with most of it being lit by a wavering Zippo flame), but the script starts to get a little contrived and heavy-handed in the second half (let's set a snake on fire!), capped off by an eye-rollingly edgy, miserablist (and, by the way, predictable) ending. Cortés still does a pretty god job with what he has, though.
Rated 21 Feb 2011
80
85th
The fact that I even sat through an hour and a half of a man stuck in a box is testimony to the quality of the movie.
Rated 16 May 2011
75
69th
For what it is, it's a good movie!
Rated 23 Feb 2014
21
2nd
Though liked by many, Ryan Reynolds (Paul) never really grasps the viewer and fails to pull them into the story. Psychologically this could have been a great movie, but the actor was incapable of setting the right atmosphere.
Rated 05 Dec 2022
60
49th
Exercice périlleux que de filmer un seul acteur et espérer capter suffisamment d'intérêt chez le spectateur pendant 90 minutes. C'est prenant et bien mis en scène. Mais heureusement que c'est Ryan Reynolds ! La scène du serpent est quand même la démonstration d'un épuisement scénaristique et la fin est très frustrante. Tout ça pour ça.
Rated 25 Oct 2010
80
67th
A clever movie which manages to be suspenseful all the way through, great performance by Reynolds. The camerawork is great for most parts, however it doesn't feel as claustrophobic as it should be at times.
Rated 10 Feb 2011
50
24th
Zzzzzzzz
Rated 11 Oct 2010
80
70th
Great cinematography that makes good use of different light sources makes it interesting to watch and and Reynolds does an excellent job. All in all a thrilling and intense 'kammerspiel' with nice voice acting by Simon Cowell...
Rated 31 Dec 2010
85
80th
In a movie like this, obviously you need two things: A great script and a great lead performance. This movie has both. It also makes you feel for Paul, and is the most claustrophobic movie I've ever seen I think. In the vein of the first Saw (though different), where a really simple concept can be executed to perfection. I enjoyed the political content... yeah, it wasn't subtle but I don't feel like enough people think about it anyway.
Rated 26 Jan 2011
55
7th
Good suspense, Ryan Reynolds decent acting.... Poo ending..
Rated 04 Feb 2011
80
87th
Amazing how much tension, and how much action even, they can cramp into one small box.
Rated 02 Jan 2016
78
72nd
Buried is amazingly frightening. Cortés captures the claustrophobic feeling of the main character's situation really really well. The performance from Reynolds is stellar and just shows that he has dramatic chops in him as well and hopefully we can see that side of him more in the future. Very good film.
Rated 26 Oct 2012
75
73rd
* Casting, Acting : 7 * Script : ? * Directing, Aura : 8 * Ease of Viewing : 8 * Naked Eye : 7
Rated 01 Nov 2012
46
6th
Ouch. This movie was painful. The movie only has one location, a wooden coffin that Ryan Reynolds is buried in for the whole movie. This movie also has possibly one of the most sad-sack endings I've ever seen. A real cop out ending that frankly angers me to no end. So, I wouldn't recommend this movie. In fact, I'm saying don't watch this movie. Sure Reynolds acting was great and this was a hard role to play but this movie is a colossal waste of time. It's just cheap in many ways.
Rated 13 Mar 2011
90
89th
A very original and intense movie. For taking place entirely inside of a coffin, there always seems to be something significant happening and the movie flew by. Strong acting job by Reynolds and great writing.
Rated 10 Sep 2011
85
63rd
Buried proves to a lot better than initially it seemed like it would be. The tension is built up, with Paul Conroy feeling the anxiety and desperately trying everything in his power. The final moments are breathtaking, Reynolds proves he can hold a film. Very good message this film delivers, the dark atmospheric coffin makes this film darker and more emotionally engaging. If you enjoy tightly woven thrillers, Ryan Reynolds and dark atmospheric movies this one is probably your cup of tea.
Rated 13 Feb 2011
76
42nd
I loved the fact that he is the only actor appearing onscreen.
Rated 29 Dec 2010
68
69th
Kapali ve daracik mekan, tek bir oyuncu, alabildigine gerilim ve begendigim tarzda son!
Rated 29 Oct 2011
80
89th
It's not a perfect film, but Buried is an incredibly intense thriller that kept me interested and engaged after the plot got going. Our lead character, despite making stupid decisions, is one that is worthy of our empathy, and this makes his incredibly dire situation something that we care about. I can't tell you if you'll like or appreciate this film, because it's one that's polarizing and crowd-splitting. Just watch it and decide for yourself, but if you want just my opinion, I appreciated it.
Rated 13 Dec 2011
70
29th
This is an interesting premise for a movie. This movie has many flaws, for example it would be more exciting if they had some other scenes out of the coffin. Ryan Reynolds gives a good performance and the whole movie revolves around his character. Check this one out if you are looking for something different.
Rated 30 Dec 2010
76
83rd
A good idea, and well executed too. Avoids many clichés that can be expected and keeps you guessing if there is another story going on. Only thing, somehow Mr. Reynolds couldn't convince me that he is a lower-mid class truck driver.
Rated 06 Apr 2011
72
57th
Ryan Reynolds gives a very convincing portrayal of some one buried alive and drives this film along.The film maintains a steady tension throughout and never gets dragged down or loses momentum.
Rated 27 Oct 2010
58
73rd
Mistakes - 1) When Paul calls to his mother, his forehead is covered in blood. A second later it's clean. 2) The film is set in 2006, however Paul is in possession of a Blackberry Bold Smartphone, which was released in 2009.
Rated 17 Feb 2011
75
76th
Pretty damn good for a one man movie.
Rated 23 Feb 2013
50
47th
Ryan Reynolds is so hot.
Rated 08 Jan 2021
84
47th
Amazing performance by my good friend Ryan Reynolds. Truly captivating and also quite an out of the box (pun intended) movie, featuring one actor on screen the entire time.
Rated 15 Dec 2010
86
76th
Amazing how a movie with just one real playing actor in the isolated space can keep your attention for 90 minutes without being boring. Everything is laconic, logic and simple. Once again the director underpins the concept - in our cruel and materialistic world no one is going to help you.
Rated 10 Jun 2011
47
26th
This high only for director effort with minimalist approach and without happy ending...
Rated 26 Dec 2010
6
55th
Inventive with shots, lighting, and simplistic premise. Reynolds is really likable in this.
Rated 25 Dec 2010
75
66th
Super
Rated 05 Jan 2011
73
67th
A great performance by Reynolds, even when coupled with the surprisingly dynamic direction and cinematography, doesn't really negate the improbabilities littering the screenplay.
Rated 28 Jul 2021
70
69th
With there resources it shone
Rated 26 Sep 2023
59
31st
Very hard and challenging project! It reminds me the movie "Lock" but not as strong as it , especially in the screenplay!!

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