For 1,829 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 The Lives of Others
Lowest review score: 12 Jeepers Creepers II
Score distribution:
1,829 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Depressing and gut-wrenching, but always powerful and gripping.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    The harrowing 12 Years a Slave is a mesmerizing period drama for the ages.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Like the best French cuisine, Ratatouille is ambitious and delightful.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    The film owes much of its success to the inspired pairing of Fincher and Sorkin.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    While this decade-long look at the inner workings of the CIA is intriguing, the movie would have benefited by more character development and additional editing.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Bittersweet, intelligently written, deftly acted and painfully honest.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Both a psychological portrait and an exciting action film.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    At once futuristic, funny and fantastical.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    As played by Oscar Isaac, he's snidely funny, world-weary and deeply sad. Though his story is enigmatic, the film itself is brilliantly acted, gorgeously shot and altogether captivating.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Whereas the book was lyrical and moving, the movie is surrealistic and inventive.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Rings has moments of edge-of-the-seat excitement, too, such as when the dark riders come looking for Frodo. But it's occasionally tedious when it should be captivating.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    This installment, the best of the three, is everything a movie should be: hilarious, touching, exciting and clever.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Sarah Polley's memoir is a poignant, funny and engrossing film, challenging our notions of memory and family mythology.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    This is a powerful, poignant and provocative film, told in an unconventional and effective fashion.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    A compelling piece of naturalistic filmmaking, claustrophobic and thought-provoking.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Her
    Though set in the future, Her is a timely, soulful and plausible love story.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    One of the year's most clever and visually arresting computer-animated films, enlivened by a well-developed and credible cast of characters who just happen to be superheroes.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    With one of the best ensemble casts of any film this year, it's audacious, enthralling and uproarious.
    • 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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    A thoroughly compelling political thriller, at once intellectually challenging and profoundly emotional.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Borat is most gloriously funny moving picture for to make people see their stupidness.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    One of the year's most audacious, savagely funny and unpredictable films, it features an outstanding performance by Michael Keaton as the has-been star of a superhero franchise desperate to be taken seriously.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Once is a film for anyone who has ever been transported by the power and passion of music.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Ghost World draws super, natural performances.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Can be taken on many levels, and that's why it works so completely.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    In Capote, Philip Seymour Hoffman's brilliant transformation into the mannered writer takes your breath away.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The year's most riveting documentary.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Up
    Easily the summer's, and probably the year's, most enchanting movie, Up is a buoyant delight.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It's a mature, intricately layered visual delight.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    The exhilarating, inventive and suspenseful story hinges on a pair of commanding performances.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This adorable exercise in whimsy should give "Corpse Bride" a good fight for best-animated-film Oscar.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    In this spare, unusual and intimate action thriller, Redford's expressions do nearly all of the communicating. He is the sole human cast member and utters only one word during the entire movie, which covers a span of eight days. The ocean — super-charged and becalmed — gets equal billing. If this sounds bizarre, or like an exercise in tedium, it is neither.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Gracefully acted, and the story packs a powerful punch straight to the gut.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The ideal culmination of a fantasy series that has artfully blended excitement, adventure and terror with humor, kinship and love.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The supporting cast is strong, as is the deft, sharply witty script. Miller directs elegantly, letting the narrative unfold at a deliberate, artful pace.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Through this very specific look at a critical time in Lincoln's presidency, Kushner, Spielberg and Day-Lewis work together to present an honest look at America's most revered statesman. Kushner finds an artful way to weave in the texts of the Gettysburg Address and the 13th Amendment, as well as a creative way to present Lincoln's assassination.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The Tillman Story is a probing examination of truth, decency and the American way. It also explores deception and military propaganda and lays bare the ravages of grief.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This gem features five topnotch, multidimensional performances in one of this summer's most engaging films.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Deliver Us From Evil is so horrifying it makes "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" look like a walk in the park.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    A superbly crafted and darkly funny real-life political thriller, with pitch-perfect performances.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It is at once warmly humanistic and boldly innovative, raising philosophical questions but not answering them.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Anderson has taken pains to re-create the '50s with superb production design and gorgeous cinematography. But he seems less concerned with whether the audience is along for the ride. The story can leave viewers at sea, floundering to give meaning to what they are watching.
    • 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
    Miyazaki creates fascinating, fluid and whimsical scenarios.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    An enthralling tale of friendship that transcends biases, Ernest & Celestine offers a lovely lesson on acceptance and inclusion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It's unlikely there will be a film as visually stunning or poetic this year - or perhaps any year - to rival Beasts of the Southern Wild.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    The best action thriller of the year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Through stellar performances, clever writing and exquisite cinematography, the story is fresh and thoroughly captivating.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The film employs a largely British cast that is perhaps the most impressive ensemble of any movie this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A compelling drama that establishes Ryan Gosling as one of the finest actors of his generation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    The mesmerizing, heart-tugging concert film Heart of Gold confirms Neil Young's stature as a national treasure.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Farhadi's latest film is almost hypnotically compelling, spinning an intricate web of predicaments, emotional reactions and resolutions in a domestic drama that leaves the viewer reeling by its conclusion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    The movie version feels like a stately, but watered down, episode of "Masterpiece Theatre" fused with "The English Patient."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This Korean-made film takes the well-worn creature-feature genre and spins it on its head thrillingly.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Michael B. Jordan is superbly multi-dimensional as Grant.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    If feuds, drunken outbursts and thoughtless bed-hopping sound like fun, then A Christmas Tale is a hoot. Some wry humor runs through the course of the overly long saga. But there's not enough dark wit to mitigate the tedium and pretentiousness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    One small documentary for a filmmaker and one giant leap in inspiration for audiences.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    An exhilarating sci-fi action thriller with a powerful social and political message.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Literate, melancholy and magical, Moonrise Kingdom is quintessential Wes Anderson, infused with his brand of daffy wit.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Each character is decent and likable, as well as complex. The four main portrayals are outstanding -- so natural and believable that you are drawn into their story immediately.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    When so much of what Hollywood churns out is almost instantly forgettable, it says a lot about a film when viewers want to take time to argue, ponder and puzzle over it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It is that rare film that is equal parts entertaining, life-affirming and thought-provoking.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A rare hybrid that perfectly blends the dazzle of a futuristic action thriller with the intellectual substance of an art film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Besides being filled with Chappelle's hilarious sense of humor, the movie features life-affirming messages and great music by serious rap artists with political, socio-cultural and spiritual themes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Through its detailed depiction of the lead character and McConaughey's outstanding portrayal, Dallas Buyers Club enlightens compellingly without sermonizing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Crazy Heart, based on a 1987 novel by Thomas Cobb, also has great music. Even if you're not a country music fan, the songs, by T Bone Burnett and the late Stephen Bruton, are infectious.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The scenes in Pandora -- a planet with an Earth-like environment -- are so breathtaking that the narrative seems almost beside the point.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    It's an intriguing match of material and filmmaker. Dahl's distinctive, edgy storytelling seems to fit well with Anderson's idiosyncratic worldview and visuals.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Drawing upon "Wag the Dog," "Dr. Strangelove" and "This Is Spinal Tap," this sardonic tale is adapted from the critically acclaimed BBC series "The Thick of It."

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