For 1,887 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Claudia Puig's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Descendants
Lowest review score: 12 Jeepers Creepers II
Score distribution:
1,887 movie reviews
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Despite an unlikely setting and a moderately intriguing premise, Chernobyl Diaries proves to be a generic horror flick where young tourists are systematically victimized in unoriginal and not terribly scary ways.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Annabelle invites unflattering comparisons with scary movies that came before, but its disparate parts never coalesce into a genuinely fearsome thriller.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Do yourself a favor and rent the 1996 original from Japan instead.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Doesn't make the movie worth watching -- even if you're monstrously bored.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Moore and Ford rise above the hackneyed story, infusing the proceedings with their own chemistry and appeal. If only the adults responsible for this film could learn how to deal.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    God may forgive you for seeing this needlessly brutal film. But you won't forgive yourself.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Overflows with pretensions and absurdity.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Manages to be both toothless and tasteless in its satire of TV news sensationalism.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    A failure from start to finish.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Machine Gun Preacher has a lot more wrong with it than a bullet-riddled premise. It is yet another iteration of the big, strong white man who comes to save legions of poor anonymous black Africans.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    If you're a Rainn Wilson fan, catch a rerun of "The Office."
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Despite its collegiate setting, 21 and Over is pretty much for people with an IQ of 21 and under.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Don't stop believing. Just avoid clichéd musicals that try to capture the anarchic spirit of rock with trite commercial re-treads.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    It's almost impressive when a movie can manage to be both repellently vulgar and sickeningly sweet in the span of a mere two hours. Almost.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    It's dogged by awkward dialogue, a ridiculous plot and lackluster performances, especially by the leads.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    It's unclear why the writers bothered to update the cartoon, unless it was to expand the possibilities for quips and jokey ideas. If so, they failed in their mission, as the movie elicits few laughs.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Director Kevin Smith's tweets, jokes and sharp commentary after being denied a seat aboard a Southwest Airlines flight because of his girth were a lot more engaging than Cop Out, his new movie.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Too much. The hackneyed story about an affluent damsel in distress who decides to fight her bully of a husband is simply too overdone.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    There's nothing worse than a boring behemoth.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Barrels around in manic fashion much like Carrey does in most of his movies. He's meant to be a fool for love, but mostly he's just bonkers.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The cliché-laden dialogue, schlocky special effects and predictable plot are derivative; the movie is overwrought and lacks suspense.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Balls of Fury makes "Dodgeball" look like high art. It'll be tough to crack a smile, let alone laugh, during this uninspired and sophomoric satire of sports movies.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The best thing about A Good Day to Die Hard is its title.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    One of the more befuddling movies of recent years. The premise makes no sense, no matter how you turn it around in your head.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    All cinematic creativity seems to have focused on devising the most repellent ways to maim and murder.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    A movie that gives marriage, homosexuality, friendship, firefighters, children and nearly everything else a bad name.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Those who sit through this mindlessness get the booby prize.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Maybe for the next installment, they can go off to college and find something better to do than making these silly movies.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Defanged and drippy, the remake of 1939's The Women seems to have been made for the dullard granddaughters of the sassy, sharp society matrons in George Cukor's campy original.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Wastes a moderately intriguing premise by filling it with laughably clichéd dialogue, one-dimensional characters and implausible turns of events.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The Gambler is a hollow, overwrought and glibly cynical remake of a '70s drama about a self-destructive academic.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Can't decide what direction it's going in. Some of the time it seems to be a standard teen sex comedy. Occasionally, it appears to be spoofing the genre. It concludes on a romantic, almost honorable note.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    It might be that Jarmusch (Broken Flowers) is experimenting with creating a pastiche of dreamlike sequences that audiences can interpret as they wish. Or it may be merely pretension and hubris that fuels such a stylized and insubstantial story.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The two main characters in Are You Here spend much of their time stoned or weeping. Those who watch this dreadful film may seek to escape or sink into despair as well.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The overwritten script and the ridiculous plot combine to make The Counselor a frustrating experience.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Silly, unfunny and formulaic.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Is there a word that means the opposite of Cowabunga? If so, that's the word for the charmless, dull and derivative new take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    This is not only unsuitable for children, it's a colossal waste of time at any age.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Jude Law put on 30 pounds to play this slimeball. But the weightier question is, why would he bother to take this worn-out role, at any size?
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Yearns to be fresh but ends up tasteless. It's as drawn-out, forced and annoying as a holiday meal with a dozen carping relatives.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Catch and Release is not worth catching. Release yourself from boredom by giving it a miss.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The entire undertaking feels like a waste of time and talent.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The name is a tipoff: Club Dread is dreadful.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The sci-fi film's reported $175 million budget must have gone largely into loopy production design, wild costumes, outlandish hairstyles and colorful make-up. It certainly didn't go into developing a coherent script or coaching believable performances.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Moore goes into operatic mode as Mother Malkin, a nasty witch who morphs into a menacing winged dragon. The worst performance, however, belongs to Jeff Bridges as a marble-mouthed, curmudgeonly knight named Master Gregory.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The players fall into recognizable stereotypes: the big and clumsy kid, the real talent who's also a showoff, the buffoon, the gross-out guy. But no one is more formulaic than the coach. He starts out smug with the kids and ends up smitten.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    If you value your time and money, find an escape clause and avoid seeing this trite, predictable rehash. The 90 minutes could be better spent doing holiday shopping.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Everything about this fish-out-of-water romp is tired.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    While he gets points for addressing the debate, the way in which Stein goes about it undermines his efforts to be even-handed and intellectually rigorous.
    • USA Today
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Sadistic mess of a movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Feels about as fresh and lively as a piece of burnt rubber.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    This sequel to the clever and funny first "Transformers" not only is disappointing, it will give most people a throbbing case of metal overload.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Bonds are tested and feelings hurt, but who really cares? The story takes predictable turns, embraces clichés and dodges all humor.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    It's problematic enough that the movie's lead characters are unlikable. But worse is the blackening of The Human Stain with a trite and forced plot, uninteresting digressions and clunky direction.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The last name Blart may be the funniest thing in the movie, so that's a hint as to just how bad this shopping-center saga can be.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The screenplay is thin, the dialogue lacks nuance and the acting is often laughable.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Here's a by-the-playbook movie if ever there was one.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    It's déjà vu all over again. There isn't much more to say about "We Own the Night 2." Oops, make that Pride and Glory.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    This second installment, based on Veronica Roth's series of YA novels, feels cobbled together and less focused than 2014's Divergent, and lacks tension and excitement.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    In a summer filled with dumb comedies, this might prove to be the dumbest. Think "Road Trip" meets "City Slickers." Then dial the humor down a few notches, and you're left Without a Paddle.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Sitting through this movie is worse than being locked in a room with a continuous loop of "Nip/Tuck" playing on a jumbo screen.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    While this third installment offers a jot more humor (mostly unintentional), the action scenes are disjointed, badly staged and mind-numbing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Flyboys doesn't succeed as a wartime adventure story or as a period romance. Even the special effects, set in a historical context, are too ho-hum to save this over-long and tedious film.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Sitting through the teen skateboard comedy Grind is, well, a grind.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Labor Day feels like a belabored, sappy slog.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    What is most troubling is how this film can serve to shape perceptions for impressionable kids. Young girls and boys will think that non-stop make-out sessions is all it takes to sustain "endless love."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The pirate ship has hit foul waters, and even the sharp wit and charm of everyone's favorite buccaneer can't save it.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Post Grad is a collection of unfunny, insipid and predictable vignettes in search of a movie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Talented actors are wasted in a film that induces more cringes than chuckles as women old enough to know better act like horny sailors on leave, absorb mass quantities of alcohol and drugs, and generally behave horribly.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    John Wick serves up a noxious, clashing blend of hyper-realistic and cartoonish violence. Too bad there's no cinema decontaminating service that can wash our memories clean of such useless gore.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The dialogue is beyond clichéd, and performances feel cobbled together from other movies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Fighting seriously lacks punch.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The jewels in the buried treasure, once sighted, look fake. But the bigger problem is how artificial the whole story feels.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    So leaden and obnoxious that it actually makes you long for the John Travolta of "Old Dogs."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Its use of trite "Win one for the Gipper" dialogue, overbearing soaring music and conventional plot devices makes it far too formulaic to truly move us.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    By the time the movie reaches its protracted conclusion, it feels like a slog. Pacino has a few funny lines, as does Leguizamo, but not nearly enough to save the film from collapsing under the weight of its own self-righteous tedium.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    You're bound to have more fun working overtime than watching Employee of the Month.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Director Steve Buscemi is not to be faulted for his filmmaking or acting skills, but as co-writer he could have done better than the false-sounding dialogue.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    For a movie that touts the importance of humanity, Green Lantern is a strangely lifeless spectacle.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    It's too bad more energy wasn't devoted to fleshing out the one-dimensional characters and crafting a decent script. The only reason to catch this harmless diversion is for the group dance sessions.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Given its predictable story, the only reason to see Stomp is for the rhythmic step dancing.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    It takes more than an awkward title attempting to sound cool to overcome its mundane plot and silly dialogue.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Nothing about this rote exercise feels remotely fresh. It's a re-tread of the 2009 original, sans the inspired lunacy.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    From the embarrassingly over-the-top performance of Ray Liotta as a tough-guy biker to the pratfalls of William H. Macy as a bumbling computer geek, this movie stinks of exhaust and desperation.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Some screwball moments elicit a chuckle or two, but the script is weak and the characterizations clichéd.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Shyamalan isn't drawing the caliber of performances from his actors as he used to. Who can forget Haley Joel Osment's haunting portrayal in The Sixth Sense or that of Toni Collette, who played his mother, or Bruce Willis in arguably his best role?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Ostensibly meant to be light entertainment. If light is synonymous with preposterous, frenetic and noisy, it qualifies.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Slavishly follows the well-worn and soggy Sparks path.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Though the lead actress, newcomer Jordana Beatty, gives a spunky performance as third-grader Judy, her character's borderline bratty charm wears thin fast. Mostly it's undercut by the movie's irritatingly antic slapstick style.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Misanthropic to the extreme, Bad Teacher fails across the board.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    It's tough to summon sufficiently negative language to describe the unfunny, desperate mess that is Bad Words.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Perhaps there was a clever germ of an idea here, but the five credited writers didn't develop characters, scenarios or rules in this sci-fi world well enough to engage the audience.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Filled with laughable dialogue, Abduction goes nowhere.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    It's an unrelentingly brutal movie set in an unusually scenic locale — the coastal city of Valparaiso, Chile.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    It's an idea that might have made for a mildly intriguing skit, but blown out into a full-length feature it's at best campy and at worst an amateurish, sentimental schlock-fest.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    A wan version of the same old tired serial killer story, despite its updated milieu -- cyberspace.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The Romantics is a misnomer. "The Spoiled Melodramatics" would be more accurate. Or better yet, "The Pretentious Ones."
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The shenanigans of randy soccer moms and their obnoxious blowhard husbands are intended as comic relief. But the sappy plot of this formulaic romantic comedy is just as silly as its inane attempts at farce.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Too slight and pointless.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Somewhere amid the mind-numbing barrage of action sequences there's a story based on Greek mythology. But its essence is buried amid the clatter.

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