For 1,826 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Claudia Puig's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Argo
Lowest review score: 12 Jeepers Creepers II
Score distribution:
1,826 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Can be taken on many levels, and that's why it works so completely.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Director Hayao Miyazaki treats his audience as imaginative and intelligent human beings, rather than catering to kids with rote displays of silliness, stunts and scares.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Unstintingly explores and exposes excruciating pain, raw grief, ruinous vengeance and life-affirming resilience, creating human portraits that are uncommonly exhilarating in their honesty. This is cinematic art in its highest form.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Both a nostalgic throwback to the silent-picture era and an ultra-modern animated tale, the slyly humorous Triplets of Belleville is artful, engrossing and oddly touching.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    A rich gem expertly told in a surprisingly scant 95 minutes.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    As good as each individual movie is, the third film vaults the work into the stratosphere of classic movies. Key characters are enhanced, new civilizations visited and battles fought more intensely, while feelings and motivations are plumbed more deeply and movingly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Just as funny, sweet and engaging as the first film starring the big galoot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    A monumentally moving experience, from the powerful acting by Javier Bardem to the evocative music, composed by the director, Alejandro Amenábar.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Emerges as an African version of "Schindler's List."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    One of the best films of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Murderball brilliantly captures the intensity of the little-known athletic competition, offering more intimacy and drama than most Hollywood sports movies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    A masterwork of suspense, romance and political intrigue.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    In Capote, Philip Seymour Hoffman's brilliant transformation into the mannered writer takes your breath away.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    This Pride & Prejudice is a stellar adaptation, bewitching the viewer completely and incandescently with an exquisite blend of emotion and wit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    The mesmerizing, heart-tugging concert film Heart of Gold confirms Neil Young's stature as a national treasure.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    An unflinching, powerfully visceral and haunting portrait of the tragic events aboard one of the terrorist-commandeered flights on the fateful morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    The Queen is the kind of thought-provoking, well-written and savvy film that discerning filmgoers long for but rarely get.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    It is one of the year's best films and perhaps the finest modern film about World War II.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    With this, possibly his most subdued film, Almodo´var reinforces his status as one of the most distinctive and talented filmmakers working today.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    A thoroughly compelling political thriller, at once intellectually challenging and profoundly emotional.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    It takes a filmmaker possessed of a rare, almost alchemic, blend of maturity, wisdom and artistic finesse to create such an intimate, moving and spare war film as Clint Eastwood has done in Letters From Iwo Jima.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    The best action thriller of the year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Though there is plenty of gunplay, this is a wondrously contemplative and poetic saga that offers a fresh and bewitching take on a timeworn genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    It's a rare film that can challenge our minds and rattle our nerves so profoundly. This is unequivocally a thriller for adults. A deftly written, tautly suspenseful and intellectually demanding morality tale.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    With its original performances that can't be reduced to simplistic labels, Juno is charming, honest and terrifically acted.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Cinematic poetry in black and white. It also is a deeply affecting tale of the power of resilience and an unflagging sense of humor through the worst of situations
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    At once futuristic, funny and fantastical.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    When was the last time you saw a blockbuster that was impeccably executed and simultaneously thought-provoking, audacious and unnerving while consistently being fun and entertaining?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    It's hard to imagine how a film built around one-on-one interviews could be entertaining, but Frost/Nixon could not be more enthralling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Director Danny Boyle's riveting and kaleidoscopic tale, based on Vikas Swarup's debut novel "Q and A," is exquisitely adapted to the screen by Simon Beaufoy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Up
    Easily the summer's, and probably the year's, most enchanting movie, Up is a buoyant delight.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    That this is Fukunaga's first film is astonishing, given its sharp script, technical proficiency and suspenseful pacing. The ensemble cast is top-notch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Sugar is that sweetest of films: A sensitive and memorable story that surprises at every turn.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    This installment, the best of the three, is everything a movie should be: hilarious, touching, exciting and clever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Timeliness can be tricky to pull off convincingly in movies. It's tough to capture an era while it's still happening, yet Up in the Air does so brilliantly, with wit and humanity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Every so often a film gets under our skin with its haunting authenticity, reinforcing our faith in the wonderfully transporting power of cinematic storytelling. Winter's Bone is unquestionably that film.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    The film owes much of its success to the inspired pairing of Fincher and Sorkin.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    To induce a state of dread and mesmerize with beauty is a rare, paradoxical achievement.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Let's say it without equivocation: Colin Firth deserves an Oscar for his lead role in The King's Speech as the stammering King George VI.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Only a truly visionary filmmaker could take a story largely set in a cramped canyon and give it a sense of openness and hope.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Gosling and Williams have the most palpable chemistry of any screen couple this year, never striking a false note in this achingly tender tale of a love that implodes before our eyes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    A shape-shifting film, it resembles a poem. At other moments, it is closer to a symphony. Most often, it approximates a fervent prayer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    What results is a disarmingly honest tale of affection, both romantic and filial.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Every performance in the film is flawless.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Doremus' elegant filmmaking is key to the appeal of the film, but it would never work as superbly without the wonderfully natural, believable performances and powerful chemistry of the lead actors.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    It's a precarious balance, but Payne blends wit and poignancy so artfully it feels like an exquisitely choreographed dance.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Drama, comedy, action and romance are intertwined in this gorgeously photographed and brilliantly directed film. Lead performances are thoroughly engaging despite - or perhaps because of - being wordless.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Sophisticated and universal yet deeply intimate, A Separation is an exquisitely conceived family drama that has the coiled power of a top-notch thriller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    It's equally endearing as a sweetly funny romance between two likable oddballs and as a low-tech time-travel thriller, and has something profound to say about making the most of the present.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    So many movies try to capture human relationships and fail miserably. A few come close. Your Sister's Sister nails it with grace, humor and winning charm.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    A musical detective story, this enthralling documentary focuses on a little-known American musician whose haunting voice and poetic lyrics were essentially unknown in his own country, but had a massive impact across the globe.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    A superbly crafted and darkly funny real-life political thriller, with pitch-perfect performances.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Sarah Polley's memoir is a poignant, funny and engrossing film, challenging our notions of memory and family mythology.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Who would have thought that one of the most provocative and affecting films made about the fallout from 21st century divorce would have emanated from a 19th century novel?
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Michael B. Jordan is superbly multi-dimensional as Grant.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    An outstanding lead performance by Mads Mikkelsen (who won best actor for the role at Cannes in 2012) anchors this hauntingly layered and nuanced drama of a man falsely accused of a terrible deed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    A marvel of well-rounded characters, strong performances and disarming chemistry, this deeply felt film is like a loving elegy to the end of childhood. It's easily one of summer's best films.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    It's clever, farcical and offers wry social commentary. With its heartfelt performances, intelligent writing and subtle humor, this is easily one of the most perceptive and engaging movies of the year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Brilliantly captures the exhilaration that comes from facing death head-on. It's also an ode to joyous rivalry.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    The telling of this simple tale of survival required cutting-edge technology, but we don't notice the bells and whistles: They're on hand to immerse us in an unforgettable personal story.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    The harrowing 12 Years a Slave is a mesmerizing period drama for the ages.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Bruce Dern gives the performance of his career as the headstrong Woody in the brilliant, wisely observed and wryly funny Nebraska. What stands out is the fullness of the character, with mannerisms and expressions that make him wholly dimensional.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Wonderfully enchanting wintry fare.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    One of the most extraordinary films in decades, this family drama is also one of the most ambitious in scope, having taken more than a decade to shoot. Yet it comes across as effortless and unassuming. Boyhood is an epic masterpiece that seems wholly unconcerned with trying to be one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Grimly dark humor and spot-on production design buttress the captivating story and heighten the unnerving atmosphere...Gone Girl will leave you breathless and haunted.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    The exhilarating, inventive and suspenseful story hinges on a pair of commanding performances.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Despite the sad denouement, it's still the love story of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It is an unsettling tale told simply and chillingly by director Peter Mullan, with stand-out performances, an evocative soundtrack and spare, haunting visuals.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    An excellent adaptation of a wonderful work of fiction (The Age of Grief).
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Epic battles, spectacular effects and multiple story lines make The Two Towers a most excellent middle chapter in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Irresistibly endearing, with a visual verve all its own.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A sharp-tongued, subtly nuanced tragicomedy starring Jennifer Aniston, who shows her depth as a serious actress in this dark tale.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Something this gleefully goofy and consistently funny would be welcome in any environment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    About a Boy is a rarity in many ways. It's a well-written, witty film whose memorable characters grapple with the nature of family, love, friendship and despair. Even its soundtrack, by Badly Drawn Boy, is perfectly pitched.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It is at once warmly humanistic and boldly innovative, raising philosophical questions but not answering them.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This genre-busting movie has the appearance of a love story but morphs into a thriller, told cleverly in a nonlinear style. Think "Sliding Doors" crossed with "The Sixth Sense," with a little "Memento" thrown in.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It's great to see an action-adventure family film with heart as well as humor, whimsy alongside wisdom, and a compelling narrative.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The juxtaposition between the fast-paced plays on the soccer field and the color-drenched, music-infused wedding party is a highlight of this captivating film.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Ghost World draws super, natural performances.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    An irreverent and witty comedy in which the events aren't predictable but are well paced.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The most gorgeous of all the Pixar films — which include "Toy Story" 1 and 2, "A Bug's Life" and "Monsters, Inc." —Nemo treats family audiences to a sweet, resonant story and breathtaking visuals.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Finally, there's a big-budget popcorn movie that delivers what moviegoers hunger for: humor, action, thrills and charismatic characters. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is the summer blockbuster we've been waiting for.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Caro gives the fablesque story -- based on a 1,000-year-old Maori legend -- both a contemporary and timeless quality, anchored by newcomer Castle-Hughes' powerful and haunting performance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Touching, but not cloying, uplifting and hopeful but never sappy and also just plain funny. There is not a false note among the five core performances, nor a false word in Sheridan's script.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The clash over the house quickly escalates into a modern-day tragedy. It is a fascinating film, handsomely adapted from the book and well directed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It is by turns comic, dark and surprisingly tender. If one must reduce it to simple description, call it a love story with a twist. Or a twisted love story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Worth seeing not only because it's a highly effective thriller, but also because it's a finely tuned evocation of innocence at the mercy of adult cynicism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Riveting and darkly comic Super Size Me is a whip-smart documentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Who would think Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban could be an art film? Thanks to director Alfonso Cuaron, a dazzling storyteller with a keen eye for whimsical detail, the third film in the Potter franchise is a visual delight.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The documentary's scathing attack on the war in Iraq and George W. Bush's presidency is informative, provocative, frightening, compelling, funny, manipulative and, most of all, entertaining.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Gracefully acted, and the story packs a powerful punch straight to the gut.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Taut, tightly paced and thrilling, with some of the best chase sequences -- whether by foot, taxi or Jeep -- in recent memory.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A revelation. One rarely sees American-made movies that are so unafraid to explore emotional cruelty and portray the consequences without positing easy answers or attaching happy endings.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    More coming-of-age story than biopic, this Guevara odyssey is a transformative adventure well worth watching.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    An enchantingly beautiful and moving film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Buddy movies are a Hollywood staple, but Rory O'Shea Was Here puts a new and profoundly affecting spin on the tired genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Powerfully disturbing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    An endearing, occasionally sentimental story told with depth and substance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Even for non-fans, Revenge of the Sith is engrossing, and fans of the series will likely be over the moon -- and into another galaxy -- with this film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Clever and often enchanting.

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