For 1,839 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 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Claudia Puig's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Flags of Our Fathers
Lowest review score: 12 Jeepers Creepers II
Score distribution:
1,839 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A cinematic experience that is dazzlingly different from anything currently in theaters, March of the Penguins captivates with its straightforward but powerful story of dogged determination, survival against harsh odds and sacrifice.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Depp deserves kudos for fashioning an original and outlandish if occasionally menacing character.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Junebug has the feel of a good short story or novella.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The kind of well-acted, genuine heartwarmer that some people complain Hollywood doesn't bother making anymore. And in this case, Hollywood didn't.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This is precisely the kind of film that parents clamor for and rarely get: a substantive, stirring, Huck Finn-style saga that doesn't insult anyone's intelligence or mindlessly entertain with crass humor.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A haunting and fascinating portrait of so much that is worth exploring: the implacability of nature, the hubris of human endeavor and the line between supreme dedication and madness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Features the season's most tragic heroine along with some of the liveliest dead people ever seen on film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This morally ambiguous tale of dangerous liaisons and bewildering choices amounts to one of the year's most intriguing dramas.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The young actors' performances are particularly haunting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This adorable exercise in whimsy should give "Corpse Bride" a good fight for best-animated-film Oscar.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Not for the faint-hearted.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A gripping and fascinating tale of political intrigue that spans three continents, its focus trained on the volatile Middle East. It's a global portrait of danger, deception and disillusionment, with no dearth of human casualties.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Jackson is a visionary filmmaker who is not only a technical wizard but also a master storyteller. With Jackson at the helm, you would expect dazzling special effects and epic action sequences, but what is most surprising is how heartfelt the romance feels.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Pierce Brosnan is the anti-Bond in The Matador. And though he's anything but suave, sophisticated or debonair, he's a joy to behold.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Caché is unsettling and tense, even shocking. And its story of enduring tensions between an Algerian immigrant and a well-off French family is particularly timely.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Joyeux Noël is gritty and disturbing with its extended scenes of war and destruction. It also is emotional, even a touch sentimental.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The razor-sharp satire Thank You for Smoking is the wittiest dark comedy of the year thus far. It has appeal to all sides of the political spectrum.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Inside Man may be a cat-and-mouse game, but it's far from predictable. What could have been a straightforward thriller is unusually clever, visually captivating and unfailingly entertaining.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Haunting and inspiring film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It captures an authentic feel-good spirit and inspirational message that most Hollywood movies barely approximate.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    If it's challenges you're after, forget cracking "The Da Vinci Code." Wordplay captures the exhilaration that comes from navigating the ins and outs of complex puzzles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It has been a while since we've seen such a consistently funny and entertaining road movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This unconventional psychological drama weaves a fascinating tale, and Collette and Williams give two of the summer's best performances.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A compelling drama that establishes Ryan Gosling as one of the finest actors of his generation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The film's score and editing brilliantly heighten the film's energy, keeping the audience somewhat off-kilter and unsure where things are headed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Deliver Us From Evil is so horrifying it makes "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" look like a walk in the park.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A visually stunning, startlingly clever sleight of hand that will have audiences pondering well after the lights go up.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Borat is most gloriously funny moving picture for to make people see their stupidness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Babel may be the most ambitious movie of the year, tackling towering communication barriers, global politics and cultural divides in a structurally complex and fascinating narrative.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This year's wittiest animated adventure saga.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Blood Diamond is a gem in a season with lots of worthy movies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Not only a stirring history lesson and an action-packed war film, Glory is also a ferocious statement about enduring discrimination that resounds today.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The Painted Veil is a welcome addition to the slate of holiday movies, particularly for those drawn to intriguing tales of multi-dimensional characters in exotic settings.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Kids should enjoy the comic performances of the animals, and adults will appreciate the film's gentle poignancy, powerful enough to induce a lump in the throat.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Pan's Labyrinth artfully fuses a war film with a family melodrama and a fairy tale. The result is visually stunning and emotionally shattering.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A moving documentary that informs, entertains and inspires.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This is the rare movie that blends long scenes of meticulous research with a sweeping story and sustains a feeling of riveting suspense. Zodiac grips you by the throat and doesn't let go.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This Korean-made film takes the well-worn creature-feature genre and spins it on its head thrillingly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    An engaging and moving film with a universal story about the bonds of family as told through two generations of a Bengali family.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Rarely does a first-time director make as auspicious a debut as Scott Frank has done with the haunting, engrossing and intelligent thriller The Lookout.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A hard-core war film with raw violence, intense action, graphic sexuality and a twisting plot that offers a series of surprises.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The Hoax lures you in with its captivating performances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Serves up an irresistible helping of delicious fun with writing that is tart and sharp and a story infused with sweetness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Does the finest job of any film in painting a believable portrait of aging, capturing the sadness, confusion, anxiety and defiance of the early stages of dementia.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Once is a film for anyone who has ever been transported by the power and passion of music.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    What makes the movie so winning are its endearing and relatable characters who spout believable dialogue and amusing banter, steeped in clever pop-culture references and sharp observations of human nature.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Emotionally and viscerally compelling and retains a suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat quality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Highly entertaining and informative.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Like the best French cuisine, Ratatouille is ambitious and delightful.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The special effects continue to be masterful, but villains are given a new twist, and Order of the Phoenix is all the more fun because of it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The good news is that this is not merely a few episodes cobbled together: It's a real movie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    If one were to fuse the literary sensibility of Jane Austen with the fanciful imaginative license of "Shakespeare in Love," what would emerge would likely be the charming tale Becoming Jane.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The lack of propriety and solemnity is precisely what makes this comic farce so uproariously funny.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    One small documentary for a filmmaker and one giant leap in inspiration for audiences.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A rare blend of emotional content and intelligent material that makes it simultaneously gut-wrenching and thought-provoking.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Captivating and multifaceted.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    There is a compelling ethical question raised skillfully that will haunt viewers. The poignant conclusion probably will incite debate.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    One bad idea can unravel and ruin lives in unimaginably horrific ways.That's the concept underlying the riveting Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, a sharply acted and highly entertaining morality play.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    At a time when romantic comedies seem to have exhausted unique ideas, along comes Lars, an original, amusing and heartfelt tale sharply written by Nancy Oliver (Six Feet Under).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The movie, based on a true story, takes surprising twists and turns right up to its chilling ending and is probably the best gangster crime drama of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The Coen brothers have fashioned a wry and riveting hybrid of a drama, Western, crime thriller and action film that is as powerful and thought-provoking as it is genre-bending.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    We are slowly and mightily drawn into this intimate story, which is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally moving.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    While the film is heart-wrenchingly sad, it also is mordantly funny, uncomfortably prickly and above all, unflinching in its depiction of a believable sibling relationship.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    True to its title, Elegy is a spare, meditative and melancholy film. It is a deeply affecting and profoundly observed saga about love, art, beauty and, especially, mortality.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Well-told fanciful tales aimed at children but appreciated by adults are a rarity, and The Water Horse should be savored for the exuberantly entertaining ride it offers.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A searingly intense and artful tale that grabs hold of the viewer from its jarring and wordless opening scenes and doesn't let go.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Mesmerizing and highly entertaining.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Depressing and gut-wrenching, but always powerful and gripping.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Sharply written, superbly acted, funny and even occasionally touching.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The look of the story is an undeniable treat, and the message it weaves is both funny and sweet. Horton Hears a Who! is razzle-dazzling and artful, and it builds on Seuss' words by the clever cart-full.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A heartening and poignant affirmation of the transformative power of music.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It is one of the year's most intriguing dramas, with a quartet of powerful performances.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It may be the most disturbing film you'll see in a long time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    With its almost stream-of-consciousness style, Reprise offers a fresh and compelling look at the vagaries of friendship and creativity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Mongol is quality escapism: an exotic saga that compels, moves and envelops us with its grand and captivating story.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The laughs -- mostly crude, profane and drug-addled -- are almost non-stop.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A mesmerizing look at the mythic quality and anarchic spirit of the irreverent and rabble-rousing journalist.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A Sundance hit that is both absorbing and bleak, Frozen River is anchored by powerful performances, believable scenarios and excellent writing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    One of the series's best, with spectacular effects, nuanced performances and witty dialogue.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    As exhilarating, captivating and enjoyable as a summer romance in an exotic city.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Though the movie rambles in the middle, it gets back on track when Nick and Norah have a sweet encounter in an unexpected place. The soundtrack is an excellent counterpoint to the film's quirky scenarios.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It is that rare film that is equal parts entertaining, life-affirming and thought-provoking.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Viewers should know that the film's resolution, though admirably restrained and unsentimental, is devastatingly sad. Parents should take this into account. This beautifully rendered family film is told in a classic and old-fashioned style, in the best sense, providing poignant and powerful teachable moments.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Penn's Oscar-caliber transformation is breathtaking, and the saga of one man's fight for human rights is engrossing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    An evocative film with a believable and subtly enthralling lead performance that gets deeply under your skin.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    By eloquently probing the state of uncertainty and its accompanying discomfort and confusion, Doubt compels viewers to examine their own assumptions as they become caught up in this fascinating tale.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The Class is a deeply moving film about the challenges of educating children in a complex and often turbulent world.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The Brothers Bloom has it all: charming romance, jaunty adventure story, witty dialogue, gorgeous cinematography and superb performances.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A bit of a throwback, a nostalgic, easygoing Capra-esque comedy that should appeal to both youthful and older audiences.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Naji is an expressive actor, and so are the wonderful young non-pros who play his children.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Neil Young once said: It's better to burn out than it is to rust. But moviegoers are lucky Anvil didn't take Young's advice. Who knew heavy metal could seem like fine art when it rusts?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Moody, provocative and intellectually ambitious, Adoration is primed to elicit impassioned discussion among audiences.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    With its clever faux documentary style, this is the most imaginative science-fiction movie to come along in years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Much like Annie Hall did for a previous generation, (500) Days of Summer may be the movie that best captures a contemporary romantic sensibility.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Funny People nimbly intersperses humor and reflection. It is a rumination on mortality, fame and life choices, punctuated with Apatow's trademark raunchy humor.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Both a psychological portrait and an exciting action film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A movie with memorable and engaging performances.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Like the book, the movie blends a primitive quality with an imaginative artfulness. It also amplifies upon the story's gentle, sly wit.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Though events unravel predictably, the film is profoundly affecting, thanks to a well-written story, rich characters and superlative acting.

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