For 1,936 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Claudia Puig's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Murderball
Lowest review score: 12 Jeepers Creepers II
Score distribution:
1936 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A movie with memorable and engaging performances.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Half a howler but not nearly funny enough.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    The movie is spotty. The short films, essentially comic sketches, were more consistently funny. The movie lags on occasion, but it also has quite a few laughs.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Given its predictable story, the only reason to see Stomp is for the rhythmic step dancing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This Korean-made film takes the well-worn creature-feature genre and spins it on its head thrillingly.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Elisabeth Shue has a strange role as a version of herself who has given up acting for nursing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Simple and evocative, yet teeming with intriguing visual effects.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Starts off promisingly, then grows as lifeless as a poker face.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Whatever problems some might have with its execution, it's hard to argue against a film whose intent is to kindle youthful compassion for living things and inspire action to protect Earth and its creatures.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Out of Time seems out of another time and place. Remember "Presumed Innocent?"
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The improvised dialogue has a no-holds-barred quality that can hit or miss. But when it hits, it can be hysterical.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Though it's no fiasco -- there's nothing mythic about its disjointed story -- it is a failure.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    It takes more than an awkward title attempting to sound cool to overcome its mundane plot and silly dialogue.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Though not as engaging as "Knocked Up," there is enough humor to keeps us entertained.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Screwball, vaguely futuristic political satires are a rare hybrid, and War, Inc. is an intriguing, if flawed, example.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    If you're not a stickler for consistency, this is an effective pastiche and tribute to one of the world's most enticing cities.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Newell's rendering of the iconic novel is dull and creatively off-kilter, lacking the surreal magic and robust passion of Márquez's signature magical realism style and never fully engaging the viewer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The lack of propriety and solemnity is precisely what makes this comic farce so uproariously funny.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    This is the anti-"Hurt Locker" experience: Where that Iraq War film was absorbing and deadly serious, The Men Who Stare at Goats is irreverent and lighthearted. One only wishes it were a more consistently funny film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The very definition of charming.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Some books are not meant to be adapted to the big screen. Alice Sebold's best-selling The Lovely Bones falls into that category.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    The biggest mystery in this wannabe thriller is why such topnotch actors would sign on for such a dreary movie that amounts to a mediocre soap opera.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    This is a perfectly pleasant, entertaining and often witty romp with engaging performances.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    If not for Sienna Miller's engaging portrayal of Edie Sedgwick, Factory Girl would have little to offer.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    That's what The Bounty Hunter has rustled up -- along with a listless rom-com, a feeble thriller and a supporting cast of clueless characters.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Birth presents an intriguing premise about death and the possibility of rebirth in an elegant, melancholy and deliberate fashion.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    The film clocks in at under two hours, but the last 20 minutes feel like 40.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Feels slight and repetitive, even when there is no actual rewinding going on.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Though the film has a strong cast, humor and a satirical take on celebrity culture, the story is spotty.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Though the competition hasn't exactly been stiff, Fey and Poehler may well be the best female comedy duo since Lucy and Ethel.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Not a movie to cozy up to. The twisted tale is only mildly intriguing, worth seeing mainly for the striking performance of Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as Hallam Foe, a creepy teenage voyeur beset with an Oedipal complex.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Though the lead performances are uniformly good, the film seems hazy in its focus from the start. Many of the scenes seem to simply meander.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Like "The Departed" and "Gone Baby Gone," What Doesn't Kill You is an engrossing, gritty, sharply written and well-acted drama set on the mean streets of South Boston.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Angels doesn't know when to quit: Just when you think it's over, it continues.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    This is Woodstock from another perspective -- one without Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Emphasizes backing up wishes with hard work. That proviso is a thoughtful message for young moviegoers.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Where it should be light and graceful, Leap Year trips and thuds.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Some screwball moments elicit a chuckle or two, but the script is weak and the characterizations clichéd.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    There's really not much fun to be had with Dick and Jane - or anyone else in this anemic comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    A quintessentially European, methodically paced and intelligent slice of life.
    • 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?
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Like the last two "Pirates" movies, Australia is ambitious more than awe-inspiring, grandiose rather than grand, full of spectacle but not spectacular.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    While it doesn't break any new ground or provide any revelations, Seven Pounds is unabashedly emotional and cautiously hopeful. It's the feel-good movie for these feel-bad times.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Though they have plenty of lethal weapons at their disposal, the Losers are nowhere near as fun as the '80s action-flick heroes they emulate.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Delayed a couple of years, shown to fans at conventions and retooled, Fanboys is an uneven and largely predictable adventure, but it has its moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Definitely not for everyone. It's a very bleak story with uneven pacing and a narrative whose jumps in time are confusing and occasionally infuriating. But the post-apocalyptic mood blends well with its uniquely stylized look and surreal story.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    If only The Brave One had captured more of the complex nature of the fear and paranoia plaguing society since 9/11. Instead, it is a well-made but predictable take on the revenge fantasy thriller, with a female twist.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
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    Long on imaginative design but less substantial in narrative, this dreary story of fighting the power is more numbing than thought-provoking.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Through stellar performances, clever writing and exquisite cinematography, the story is fresh and thoroughly captivating.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    We all love a good fairy tale, but the enchantment is missing in this predictable sequel.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The movie features a musical score aimed more at boomer parents than their tykes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    What gives In the Land of Women its singular charm is the charismatic Adam Brody, the star of TV's "The OC."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    This is a romantic comedy, not a sci-fi adventure tale. But the actions, choices and general behavior of the characters are oddly removed from what goes in the real world.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    A poetic and lovely tale, told as a silent picture with music and narration.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Can't seem to decide whether it wants to be an edge-of-the-seat action thriller or a more contemplative and intellectual drama about religion and terrorism. Somehow, in trying to have it both ways, it doesn't completely succeed at either.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Stands apart for its raw, quiet emotion and its shattering sense of truth.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 12 Claudia Puig
    The thrills, chills, frights, starts and occasional screams that a good horror film elicits from an audience are not there. Jeepers, the Creeper has little to recommend it.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Like a politician who waters down his message to gain favor with the masses rather than truly serving his constituency, Man of the Year seems determined to play it safe on all counts.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Wedding feels a bit anachronistic. Still, not every low-budget movie must be quirky or bleak, and a happy ending is no cinematic sin.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    It's really not much fun - in fact it's painful - to watch an actor on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It almost doesn't matter if the psyche in question is imploding artificially - as in staged - or organically.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Made of Honor has some funny moments, and it keeps your attention, but it's certainly not worth rushing out to the multiplex and paying top dollar for. Catch it on TV on a lazy afternoon with little else to do.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Might have been more appropriately titled "Hodgepodge." What starts out with a sense of quirky fun loses direction and devolves into a mishmash of story lines.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Though the experience is nerve-racking and cathartic under Campbell's skilled direction, musings on family and grief and Gibson's intense, but subtle, performance stay with us longest.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    For hilarity, characterization and clever structure, "The Hangover" is far superior. Still, there are some laughs in this uneven but good-natured raunchfest.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The Greatest raises compelling questions about how parents continue on after the death of a child.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    A raw and powerful suspense thriller.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Displays so much promise with its beautiful cinematography and superb portrayal by Cate Blanchett that you scarcely notice (or even care) that the story is a bit thin.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Its strongest asset is the stunningly poetic cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    The unfunny jokes center on outhouses, vomit and flatulence. Gooding mugs, screeches, even hops up and down to no avail. Nothing can wring an ounce of comedy out of this sorry spectacle.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    When a movie is a hybrid of this sort, it can be tough to strike just the right tone. Mostly, The Hunting Party manages.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Though not exactly a valentine to the octogenarian Nobel Peace Prize winner, the film is a lovingly rendered, candid and intimate portrait.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    The end result, while entertaining, is the kind of unruly mess you can't imagine the indomitable Nanny McPhee tolerating.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    A brilliant idea that seems to lack the vision to be great.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    One of the film's strengths is that nobody -- male, female, gay, straight or Jewish mother -- is reduced to stereotype.
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Lottery Ticket is no prize.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    This misguided chick flick jumps through a lot of hoops just to state the obvious: "Life goes on, enjoy the time you have."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Tells an increasingly outlandish story with very funny (and often gross) moments. But about an hour in, it grows derivative and disappointing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    It's an innocuous, occasionally cute movie made watchable by the appealing Mandy Moore and hunky Matthew Goode, a Brit who has a bit of Hugh Grant charm in an otherwise silly role.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Lacks tension or mystery. Even the courtroom scenes feel artificial.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    A timely story, given the political upheaval in Iran, it is emotionally explosive. It also is profoundly compelling.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Stereotypical, banally written bloodbath.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    27 Dresses is like one of the many bridesmaid dresses featured in the film: frothy, predictable and over the top.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    An embarrassing debacle...the rare movie that never seems to take off, but also never seems to end. It tries hard to titillate, but ends up making audiences want to avert their eyes.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Though probably well-intentioned, Radio comes off as manipulative of its audience and exploitative of the mentally challenged.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Mostly, it's just wicked fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    A touching story of hope, vitality and art rising from the bleakest conditions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    A psychological drama with an intriguing ambiguity that challenges the viewer's loyalties and preconceived notions. For the first half of the movie you find yourself on the side of a hunted man. Then as the story unfolds, his pursuer becomes the one you root for.
    • 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."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Though some scenes may be too intense for children, the action is slick, with robot clashes and airborne chases leaving the strongest impression.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    There is some lovely cinematography by Shelly Johnson in the classic David Lean style and plenty of excitement. Taken just for that, Hidalgo delivers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Not for everyone. It is darkly funny, intellectually challenging and obliquely didactic. It also grows bleaker over the course of its nearly three-hour running time.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    This leaden teen comedy is meant to be lively, but it's curiously bland.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Tarantino exercises both his obsession with vengeance and his fascination with the movies.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Fun at times and tedious at others, it's an action-adventure fantasy aimed particularly at gadget-loving boys.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The ensemble cast is strong. At its silliest comic moments it has a sitcom flavor, but the overall effect is gently amusing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This adorable exercise in whimsy should give "Corpse Bride" a good fight for best-animated-film Oscar.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    The devil has a new spawn, but this one is not nearly as creepy as its progenitor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It is an unsettling tale told simply and chillingly by director Peter Mullan, with stand-out performances, an evocative soundtrack and spare, haunting visuals.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    The movie, though predictable and formulaic, is not that simple, although it might have been better off had it been so basic. It interweaves clichés from several other genres and ends up a mishmash of stories.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    The werewolves have it all over the blood-suckers in The Twilight Saga: New Moon. When these oversize, hirsute creatures burst onto the screen, they inject life into a rather inert story.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    If you're willing to embrace a bit of corniness for the sake of some incisive humor, a few poignant moments and enjoyable scenarios, make time for The Holiday.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    A powerful and evocative account of the efforts undertaken to forge a perilous mother-and-child reunion. Told in Spanish with English subtitles, it is a moving tale of yearning, as well as unflagging courage and determination.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Though the story teeters on easy sentimentality, it doesn't succumb. Though unabashedly emotional, it isn't maudlin. Tsotsi's story feels believable. It is made all the more engaging by a wonderful soundtrack of African Kwaito music.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    A visual treat with an engaging story that has an uplifting, but not maudlin, message.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    An intriguing and somber tale of disintegrating and disappointing relationships fused with a coming-of-age story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Not brilliantly funny nor incisively clever, Intolerable Cruelty is still moderately satirical and laugh-out-loud enjoyable.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Slither is old-school gooey, slimy, silly B-movie fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    Unstintingly explores and exposes excruciating pain, raw grief, ruinous vengeance and life-affirming resilience, creating human portraits that are uncommonly exhilarating in their honesty. This is cinematic art in its highest form.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    The dashing Jackman plays his part well enough, but the script doesn't provide sufficient "Indiana Jones"-style bons mots to win us over.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Too slight and pointless.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Cate Blanchett brings little but an arch toughness to the role of Marion, and, in a highly improbably climactic scene, proves herself a veritable knight. Crowe and Blanchett share a perfunctory romance, with few sparks.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Some of us look forward to Guest films the way others pine for installments of Bond or "Star Trek." This skewering of Hollywood will entertain we "Guesties," but it's not at the top of his roster of parodies.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    There is a compelling ethical question raised skillfully that will haunt viewers. The poignant conclusion probably will incite debate.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    A sweet, family-friendly retelling of a touching and funny Newbery Award-winning children's book.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Not as incisive a political commentary as "Thank You For Smoking," American Dreamz lampoons the public's appetite for mindless entertainment and easy distraction from serious concerns.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    An enjoyable, rousing film, despite its formulaic quality.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    JCVD is a whimsical twist on the biopic, sending up heist movies and breaking cinematic rules to interesting effect. At a critical moment, Van Damme rises out of a tense hostage situation to look into the camera and speak movingly to the audience. He has never seemed more convincing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Not only is Saved! subversively funny, it is unexpectedly sweet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The young actors' performances are particularly haunting.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Poseidon is a sodden saga, with a script that is awash in clichés. It nearly drowns under the weight of its own soggy tedium.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Yes, it's loud, explosive and silly, but it also perfectly embodies the concept of a summer blockbuster with its simple good-guys-vs.-bad-guys plot, cheeky humor and flawless special effects.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Well-crafted, Tarantino-esque story.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    It's hard to imagine how a film built around one-on-one interviews could be entertaining, but Frost/Nixon could not be more enthralling.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Whereas the book was lyrical and moving, the movie is surrealistic and inventive.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    Bride Wars is about as funny as a cringingly awkward wedding toast.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    There's nothing exciting about this awful, over-the-top reboot.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    May not be a straightforward bio, nor does it offer much in the way of Barris' motivations, but the film is an oddly fascinating depiction of an architect of pop culture.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Offers up the absolute bare necessities of a sequel.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Moody, provocative and intellectually ambitious, Adoration is primed to elicit impassioned discussion among audiences.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Affleck ought to do more quirky character roles rather than leading-man parts in action films. Bateman plays his low-key straight man/protagonist to perfection.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    A riveting and disturbing documentary that falls short of greatness by not providing enough insight into the characters. It is mostly intent on inciting a sense of outrage in the viewer, and it succeeds.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The film drips with honest emotion and confusion.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    A well-paced action film in the vein of "Speed."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Bettany is the best thing about the movie. A wonderful dramatic actor, he also proves to be richly skilled at romantic comedy, playing Peter with an easy grace and a droll sense of humor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Sometimes -- and far too rarely -- a film will hit all the right notes, with sharp, original dialogue, brilliant casting and an absorbing story. So caught up in its spell, you dread seeing the credits roll. Please Give is that movie.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    An exhilarating sci-fi action thriller with a powerful social and political message.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Delpy is clearly a gifted writer, especially of comic dialogue. But she and Goldberg don't quite work as an engaging pair.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    The movie occasionally reveals truths about relationships that, while not earth-shattering, are nonetheless entertaining and worth considering.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Breaking and Entering starts out powerfully, then falls apart by the time it reaches its too-neat conclusion.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    It's a pretty twisted concept, bordering on offensive. But mostly it's just not funny.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    As if this drivel weren't bad enough, the ending blatantly threatens a sequel
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Dragging on too long is a more serious flaw in a romantic comedy than it might be in a complex drama. We don't ask much of a movie like this, but we do require it to be snappy, clever and quick.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    The martial-arts sequences take this prosaic thriller to a higher level.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    It's a cut above most spooky-kid movies, with a twist that sets it apart.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    This frenzied fiesta of firepower is about cloning people for spare parts, but the movie is a clone itself. Possessing no new ideas, it reworks and borrows from such films as "Blade Runner," "The Matrix" and "Logan's Run."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    If The Pursuit of Happyness didn't star Will Smith and his adorable son Jaden, it might be just another tearjerker rags-to-riches story. But their chemistry raises the level of the film, making it heartfelt and compelling.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Most noteworthy for the performance of Sigourney Weaver as Linda, an autistic woman.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    There's a new heist film in town that follows the conventions of the genre and then adds a couple of fresh and endearing twists.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Sharply written, superbly acted, funny and even occasionally touching.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    One of the best films of the year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A moving documentary that informs, entertains and inspires.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    The world of the fanciful fable looks particularly vibrant this time with its signature blend of realism and fantasy. It is a pleasure to watch these fairy tale folk be themselves -- yet again.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Dark humor intersperses with poignant moments. Though the conclusion feels forced, the movie works.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    It's a rare film that can challenge our minds and rattle our nerves so profoundly. This is unequivocally a thriller for adults. A deftly written, tautly suspenseful and intellectually demanding morality tale.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Che
    Che is a mass of contradictions, perhaps like the iconic revolutionary himself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    What the film does best is remind us of the brilliance of Keats flame and how it was extinguished far too early.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    It is at once warmly humanistic and boldly innovative, raising philosophical questions but not answering them.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Definitely more than semi-funny.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Aspires to be epic, but mostly it's just unfocused, sprawling and badly in need of editing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    Not only is it an unfunny movie shrilly told, it probably is the most ill-timed and appallingly insulting movie in recent memory.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Where "Mall Cop" is broad, safe and sticks to a formula, Observe and Report is unabashedly crude, cynical, off-kilter and funnier.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    Antichrist is probably the most disturbing, bleak and self-indulgent film ever made.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Such overkill might seem like an asset to teenage boys (and those who think like them). The rest of us are better off not wasting our Washingtons.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    The story, an updated version of the 1951 classic about a portentous extraterrestrial visit, feels musty and derivative, and not only because it's a remake.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Hellboy's cheeky attitude and snarky dialogue, specifically Perlman's snidely funny lines, are the highlights.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Though Imagine That's message is benign, its adult focus is off-base, and every move feels too familiar, formulaic and telegraphed.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Doesn't always have a clear path, but that is part of its meandering appeal. It asks if true love exists, then renders it a rhetorical question.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    This Pride & Prejudice is a stellar adaptation, bewitching the viewer completely and incandescently with an exquisite blend of emotion and wit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    A refreshingly silly and clever portrait of a strikingly daft and clueless man.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    One of the series's best, with spectacular effects, nuanced performances and witty dialogue.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    McKay's performance is a revelation. He nails Welles' imperiousness, charm and vocal cadences, and even bears a strong resemblance to the iconic actor/director. He is thoroughly convincing as Welles and electrifies the screen when he's on it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    While style trumps substance, something in the way this '60s tribute moves attracts us.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Deception is not the cool, noirish thriller it tries to be. Despite a cast that includes double-crossers Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams caught in the middle, the film is a yawn.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Shaolin Soccer's infectious style has a way of lifting spirits. You don't have to be a fan of soccer or kung fu to enjoy it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    A mesmerizing look at the mythic quality and anarchic spirit of the irreverent and rabble-rousing journalist.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The movie is devoid of laughs, except for a mildly funny segment when one of the chipmunks inhales helium. And since this is aimed at the under-10 set, it includes the requisite flatulence joke and a spit take or two.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    While the story does not quite come to magical life, the themes of courage, hope and decency are sweetly inspiring.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Murphy's breathy, high voice as Kitten feels forced, but not nearly as much as the film's efforts to be both whimsical and weighty.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Movies often don't do their stories justice, and that has happened again here. The main problem is a tone that jarringly switches from a kind of Forrest Gump-style narrative to a more generic biopic.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    This Hulk is more viscerally angry and packs a bigger wallop than Ang Lee's talkier, more introspective version. But it's hardly the best superhero movie around. "Iron Man" was wittier and more fun.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    The courtroom scenes emphasize the movie's potency as a David and Goliath saga. But the film's strength lies in its fact-based story of a wronged man turned crusader, played with vigor by Kinnear.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    There are some effectively suspenseful moments in the movie, particularly during the gambling sequences, but one longs for more context and probing into the psyche of an ordinary man with an extraordinary compulsion.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Don't be too quick to turn down The Uninvited. A stylish horror thriller in the vein of "The Ring," it's well-acted, frightening and handsomely produced
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    Shocking is the fact that three highly regarded actors -- Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke and Billy Bob Thornton -- chose to star in this dreadful film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Taut, tightly paced and thrilling, with some of the best chase sequences -- whether by foot, taxi or Jeep -- in recent memory.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    "Who wants to see a movie about a kid who's stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons?" Thanks to an endearing cast of characters and an energetic, if light, comic story, we do.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    The story teeters on the edge of soap opera and emotional manipulation, but director Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer) pulls back in the nick of time. What results is an involving and often poignant examination of love and loss.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Youth's screenplay, by Gustin Nash, is generally witty.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    In this Amityville, the performances are bad, the special effects ho-hum, and it's not even particularly scary.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Yes
    Yes is more of a maybe. Or even a hmmm.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    A tribute to a giant leap for mankind feels like a clumsy shuffle backward for animation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    While the neo-Gothic tale is inherently intriguing, the film should inspire strong emotion, but deliberate pacing and a contained sense of melodrama make it a surprisingly passive experience.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Rather than being a fascinating exploration of a much more constrained time in our social history, the film simply feels anachronistic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    It's Complicated is vacuous overall, although attractively packaged.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Melodramatic and laden with cop-thriller clichés, the story, set in one of New York's toughest precincts, is contrived and inauthentic -- and also grisly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    It is a rare performance when one of the world's most recognizable stars can disappear completely into a character on the screen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    There are ribald jokes and gross-out episodes, but the movie works because everything hinges on the camaraderie and undeniable chemistry between Rudd and Segel.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    With its excessive sleaze and gross-out gags, Soul Plane overshoots effective spoofery. Mostly it's a foul, eye-rolling experience.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Bruno Coulais' musical score provides an evocative counterpoint to the often dazzling photography. A scene featuring diving sea birds and whales moving in concert with the rhythm of the waves is stunning.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    White Noise is the celluloid equivalent of a bad cell phone connection.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Haunting and inspiring film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Mesmerizing and highly entertaining.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Highly imaginative and consistently amusing without pretensions.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    Neither side is worth rooting for in this ridiculous blood feud, which features some of the year's most laughable dialogue.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Once fresh, the story is now buried under a hoary coating.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    It's a run-of-the-mill cop thriller but also a gripping family drama. It is in the moments spent untangling the threads of troubled relationships that the movie is at its best.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    This genre-busting movie has the appearance of a love story but morphs into a thriller, told cleverly in a nonlinear style. Think "Sliding Doors" crossed with "The Sixth Sense," with a little "Memento" thrown in.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Clooney has excelled in serious roles - notably in "Michael Clayton" and "Syriana." But his Jack, a brooding assassin seeking redemption, is a bigger departure, and he pulls it off well.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Deliver Us From Evil is so horrifying it makes "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" look like a walk in the park.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    A cameo by a well-known actor in the final scene suggests there will be a third ride on this familiar marriage go-round.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    A surprisingly funny, female-driven romp — as long as you don't question too many plot particulars.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    First they marched, then they tap-danced. Now they ride the waves on souped-up boards. It really doesn't matter what stunts they try to pull off: Who can resist an animated mockumentary in the style of "This Is Spinal Tap" starring the black-and-white big birds of the moment?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Blood Diamond is a gem in a season with lots of worthy movies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    While it features three strong performance and the debut of a promising filmmaker, the story line is obvious and rather melodramatic.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Each story has its moments, but "Air" lacks an overarching vision.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Stretching what was a cute concept to the breaking point.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Poignant and well-acted, it offers heartfelt moments leavened by subtle humor.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    The Village emerges as a victim of its own ambitions. At one point, Edward advises Ivy: "Do your very best not to scream." That doesn't require much restraint on our part.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    As a film that pays tribute to vintage '50s Hollywood, Broken Embraces is a visual delight.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Serviceable, occasionally compelling but often formulaic.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Has a couple of emotionally resonant scenes that build on the first two story lines. But it lacks the intriguing moody quality of the previous films. The mutants are more pumped up and angry this time, rather than misunderstood and conflicted.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    Trust-- and the genre itself -- needs to dump the stale formula and embrace reality and reinvention.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    The film has its funny moments, but they are too few to make the holiday excursion worthwhile.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    An American Affair is sordid business blandly portrayed and not worth meddling with.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    It has a few moments of fun and whimsy, but it lacks the joyous spirit and intelligent humor of the children's novel on which it's based.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Despite its flaws, Shutter Island is worth seeing for the palpably nightmarish and gothic world conceived by Scorsese
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    The opening frame of Jonah Hex should say: "Caution: Made expressly for the male teen demographic. Not suitable for anyone of any age who prefers movies with coherence, an original plot or characters they give a hoot about."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    When it comes to sheer spectacle, Star Trek, as re-imagined by J.J. Abrams, delivers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Those who appreciated "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" will probably enjoy this documentary.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    The movie's best moments are between Banderas and the kids. When the plot shifts to reveal the students' back stories (one has a prostitute mother, another a drunken father), the story becomes a melodramatic rehash of other movies, like "Fame" or "Rent."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    With moments of mind-bending creepiness, the film has potential, but eventually it devolves into merely a head-scratcher.
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    A rich gem expertly told in a surprisingly scant 95 minutes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Talk to Me speaks powerfully to audiences with its potent blend of extraordinary performances and engaging soundtrack.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Fast-paced, imaginative and often cute, Shorts is slight but enjoyable family fare.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    Moon, a superb first feature directed by Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son) and starring an impressive Sam Rockwell, is an intelligent, evocative and deceptively low-key sci-fi adventure.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    Should the desire to see a clever zombie movie strike, try the recent remake of "Dawn of the Dead" or last year's "28 Days."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    For those who like their spoofs silly and their cartoonish gore vivid, Shaun offers some amusement.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Director Clark Johnson has an energetic style of filmmaking and a facile way with stunts and chase sequences. The result is a fairly stylish action thriller. We've seen plenty of suspense films in which a seemingly good guy is framed, so it helps when a director can pull off a few cinematic tricks to keep audiences on their toes.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Claudia Puig
    School for Scoundrels will only leave you scratching your head in bewilderment and might possibly shave off IQ points.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    Once is a film for anyone who has ever been transported by the power and passion of music.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Amelia goes airborne but never fully soars.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    If moviegoers suspend their disbelief -- easy enough thanks to the diverse and talented cast, as well as Spielberg's capable direction -- they're bound to enjoy this cinematic fantasy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Claudia Puig
    Tooth Fairy will make your teeth ache and your skin crawl.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    Made gripping almost single-handedly by Blanchett's superlative performance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    The dialogue, delivered mostly in Southern accents, is intended to be funny and fresh, but much of this Western-influenced sci-fi adventure story feels reheated.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Claudia Puig
    The best action thriller of the year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Claudia Puig
    It's not nearly as enjoyable as one of his rambling, meditative songs, though perhaps it is aspiring to be the cinematic equivalent. Give me "Tangled Up in Blue" any day over this incoherent, tangled trip.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Claudia Puig
    It's a pleasure to watch these men perform. These are real-life guitar heroes. But it would have been a treat to see more of them talking shop.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Claudia Puig
    A gifted cast was bogged down by a treacly tale.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Claudia Puig
    The documentary's scathing attack on the war in Iraq and George W. Bush's presidency is informative, provocative, frightening, compelling, funny, manipulative and, most of all, entertaining.

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