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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

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

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Intense buried-alive thriller may be too grueling for most.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Buried is a very intense thriller that takes place entirely within a coffin buried under the sand. Considering that most people have an innate fear of being buried alive, the movie can be nearly excruciating to watch -- although it's very well made. The main character (played by Ryan Reynolds) has a lighter, a cell phone, and some other supplies, but he's the only person shown on screen. Expect some intense behavior and strong language (including many uses of "f--k"). Brave older teens and grown-ups may be intrigued, but be ready for nightmares.

  • Families can talk about the psychological horror in this movie. Does it have more or less impact than gorier horror films? Why?
  • Is this movie scary? What's the difference between this kind of terror and something more supernatural?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie seems to say that sometimes bad things happen to good people, and there's very little anyone can do about it.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Paul never gives up trying to save his own life, and he spends his time thinking of his wife and child, even though he appears not to have led a squeaky-clean life. He learns to trust others and ask for help via the cell phone he has with him. He writes information down for future reference, and he's constantly solving problems. All of that said, the movie's outcome may obscure some of the character's finer points.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Paul is threatened by his unseen captors, and he shouts at various people on his cell phone. Viewers see grainy video images (on a cell phone) of another girl being tortured with a gun to her head. In another scene, Paul must chop off his finger to appease his tormenters, but nothing is shown. A snake enters the coffin, and Paul kills it with fire.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Nothing is shown, but Paul is accused of having an affair with a co-worker, which he denies.

  • language false4

    Language: Many uses of "f--k," as well as "hell," "son of a bitch," "s--t," "c--t," "ass," "goddamn," "oh my God," and "d--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: One mention of SeaWorld.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Paul has a metal flask with him, but it's never revealed what's inside. It could be alcohol or water. He also carries and takes pills for anxiety.