For 1,894 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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Claudia Puig's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Blue Valentine
Lowest review score: 12 Jeepers Creepers II
Score distribution:
1894 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Blue Ruin is the rare film that is nearly consistently tense, the suspense only temporarily subsiding about an hour into the story. It's a welcome respite.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The dazzling animation, catchy songs and Broadway-worthy dance numbers give the film even broader appeal.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Whishaw, Hawkins and Downton Abbey's Bonneville strike just the right notes. Imaginative production design, which occasionally brings to mind Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," adds to the story's appeal.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Marked by clever twists and turns, the story unfolds at just the right pace. The dialogue -- adapted by Polanski and British writer Robert Harris from Harris' novel The Ghost-- is incisive and interspersed with wit.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Director Kirby Dick has gone from examining sexual assaults in the military in 2012's "The Invisible War" to investigating rapes on college campuses. His is an impassioned and well-researched film that will incite outrage.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    While there is a vague hint of a vanity project in a few extraneous scenes, directors Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck have fashioned a compelling and rousing film that will not only appeal to Chicks fans, but make fans of those who weren't before.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Though the deliberate pace can feel slow to glacial at times, the visuals are gorgeous, and the melancholy mood is exquisitely evoked.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This heart-rending tale also is a mesmerizing one because of several superb performances, particularly those of Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Though it could probably use an intermission, Grindhouse is three hours of mostly campy fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Who's more pretentious: hipster Millennials or bourgeois Gen Xers? It's a question While We're Young toys with, if only to provide a context for a sharply observed and witty dark comedy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Calvary is also profoundly compelling for the light it shines on how public attitudes have changed toward the clergy in the wake of the abusive-priests scandal.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Glimmers of a fascinating and lively period film surface and fade in the first half-hour of The Immigrant. What predominates is a dully morose, overheated and implausible story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The film itself is dark and chilling, if occasionally plodding, but worth seeing for the absorbing potency of its main performances.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    A haunting and disturbing film, set in 1938, about "widow houses." Though occasionally overwrought, it emerges as life-affirming.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    This charming but slight tale has warmth, wit and interesting characters compassionately portrayed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    As a film that pays tribute to vintage '50s Hollywood, Broken Embraces is a visual delight.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Mottola, who wrote and directed 1996's "The Daytrippers," crafts smart, witty dialogue. But the movie suffers in tone. While much of the story feels like a brainier John Hughes comedy, it veers into more dramatic terrain and loses focus.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Compelling, poignant and gently funny.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Captures a potent sense of the Old West with its multidimensional raw performances and captivating final shootout sequence. But with its emphasis on emotional truths, it transcends the confines of a cowboy movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The look of this version may be the finest of the 27 Jane Eyre film and television re-tellings.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Jennifer Hudson is the heart and soul of Dreamgirls. When she's on the screen, the movie shines. When she's not, the whole endeavor suffers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The film is not without flaws. It glosses over the story of the dissolution of Whitaker's marriage and does not delve deeply enough into the source of his problems with his son. A romance with recovering junkie Nicole (Kelly Reilly) rarely rings true.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Blue Car is like an unpolished sapphire, at once harshly realistic and resplendent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    The concert footage is mesmerizing; the planning leading up to the show is pedestrian.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    A horror movie that follows none of the predictable paths of the genre, it offers disturbing psychological drama and nuanced chills rather than outright terror.

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