For 1,897 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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Claudia Puig's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 What Maisie Knew
Lowest review score: 12 Jeepers Creepers II
Score distribution:
1897 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Little Children maintains much of the power, humor and nuance of Tom Perrotta's wonderful novel, but seems unsure if it's a satire or a serious drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    War Horse will likely take its place alongside beloved family films. But that doesn't mean sitting through it is pure pleasure. It's a long slog at almost 2½ hours, and occasionally it resorts to obvious sentimentality. At times it's hard to escape the sense that we're watching "Saving Private Ryan"-meets-"The Black Stallion."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Carell accomplishes the task of being sweet-natured without becoming cloying.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    A sensitive and occasionally poetic film, Brick Lane is an absorbing tale of personal empowerment and emotional growth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Director Todd Phillips (Old School) has a knack for extreme scenarios and outside-the-box casting. He has made a movie that is consistently funny from start to finish.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The Beautiful Country might be too slow-moving for some, but it has powerful performances and a multi-layered quality. It is an epic journey worth taking.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Solidly entertaining.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Pop culture references intermingle with the loopy trio's iconic foolishness, and the result is a movie with some big laughs, plenty of heart and terrible coifs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Intelligent and engrossing saga.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    It's a family drama that treads on well-worn middle-class territory but is redeemed by the complexity of the characters and the intriguing ambiguity of their actions.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford are particularly funny in their middle-management roles.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Political scandals are standard movie fare, and this one, which hinges on sex and power, doesn't offer a new take. But that's the point: The all-too-familiar blend of hubris and lust for power makes the machinations no less poisonous and perhaps more regrettable for their sad predictability.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Relentlessly grim and grisly, 28 Weeks Later is not for the faint of heart. But its provocative post-apocalyptic theme makes for a smart and deeply unsettling film.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    While Walt & El Grupo could use trimming, it also is visually stunning.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    A revelation: funny, fascinating and insightful.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Beowulf couldn't be less faithful to the original epic poem, and that's actually a good thing for moviegoers. It's a lot more fun than the mythic adventure most of us read in school.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Partners is exceedingly well-cast and well-acted, bringing a lightly satirical and witty script to life. Meester and Jacobs have a disarming chemistry, and their conversation is filled with a comfortable shorthand.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    It's an artistic and authentic evocation of an era but a rather surface-skimming story of the '70s all-girl rock band fronted by Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. If anything, it just makes you want to know more about Jett's back story and Currie's subsequent life.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Scotsman Gerard Butler does a fine job as the charismatic, ghostly character.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Aerial sequences are often thrilling. However, interpersonal relations are front and center in this installment.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    By the end of the movie, all we want is for Barrymore to give him the time of day.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    While other Alzheimer's-related films, including "Amour," "Iris" and "Away from Her", delved more deeply into the subject, Alice is understated yet still moving.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The story has its clichéd and sentimental moments. It's no "Raging Bull," more like "Rocky" shot with a handheld camera. But Rourke's wounded tough guy is undeniably captivating.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The soundtrack is mostly Elvis tunes, and Stitch even does an adorable impersonation of the King. As Elvis might put it, you can't help falling in love with Lilo & Stitch.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Given the story's focus on religion and the intolerance that still rages in today's world, The Merchant of Venice remains deeply meaningful.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The film is entertaining if contrived. It is not as cleverly structured as Roos' best ensemble comedy, "The Opposite of Sex," which also co-starred Kudrow. But it does have humorous moments.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Soderbergh does a fine job creating a moody atmosphere of pervasive anxiety. The ending can be interpreted a few different ways and should ignite debate about its meaning.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The story is told gently and simply without excess sentimentality. It is a welcome departure from more contrived holiday fare.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Not only an intelligent, well-told and deftly acted story, it provides refreshing counter-programming in a season filled with noisy, uninspired sequels and mindless action movies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Impassioned, informative and entertaining, if sometimes repetitive.

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