Claudia Puig

Claudia Puig

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
USA Today
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1838

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 97% Dear White People (2014) " The film takes a clear-eyed approach to the complex subject of racial identity and leavens it with wit. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2/4 8% The Best Of Me (2014) " The Best of Me is not the worst adaptation of Nicholas Sparks, but audiences can certainly choose better. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/4 92% Birdman (2014) " By focusing on the specific problems of a man undergoing a midlife meltdown, Birdman delivers an incisive commentary on celebrity culture, ambition, social media and fractured families. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 80% Fury (2014) " Flesh-and-blood soldiers play second fiddle to the authentic-looking artillery in Fury, rendering the film tough and harrowing, but less emotionally compelling than it could have been. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2.5/4 77% The Book of Life (2014) " The dizzying, intricate imagery is so beautiful, and the Latin-inspired songs catchy enough that the overall effect is often enchanting. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 16, 2014
4/4 96% Whiplash (2014) " Music instruction and combat are rarely linked in movies, and particularly not in the singularly riveting way they come together in Whiplash. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/4 25% You're Not You (2014) " Nicholas Sparks didn't write You're Not You, but he might as well have, given its familiar disease-of-the-week plot filled with scenic locations and gorgeous people. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2.5/4 74% St. Vincent (2014) " St. Vincent tries its darnedest to be crowd-pleasing. This is not to say that it's not entertaining or lacks good performances. It's often quite funny. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2.5/4 64% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) " A pleasant, entertaining way to spend just under 90 minutes, particularly if accompanied by children. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3/4 75% Kill the Messenger (2014) " Kill the Messenger is an intriguing, chilling and briskly paced film that, despite its flaws, seems particularly timely, given the level of distrust for the government and its intelligence-gathering efforts. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/4 47% The Judge (2014) " It's well-acted, with some occasional moments of clever dialogue, but the story is plodding, predictable and tension-free. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 8, 2014
2/4 28% Men, Women & Children (2014) " Think a computer-driven, de-fanged Crash, without the ethnic diversity. Not exactly an epic fail, it could have used a reboot. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 2, 2014
3/4 85% The Good Lie (2014) " The political becomes personal, eye-opening and moving in The Good Lie. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2/4 36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " Potential peeps out occasionally in Hector and the Search for Happiness, but then flounders and gets lost in a bland sea of sentimentality and cultural myopia. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 2, 2014
1.5/4 31% Annabelle (2014) " The story is a mishmash of demonic possession, Satanic killings, machines suddenly switching on and off and vacantly-staring figurines. It's more familiar than frightening. And the human actors are no more compelling than the poker-faced dolls. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) " Gone Girl is to marriage what Fatal Attraction was to infidelity. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 1, 2014
2/4 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " A sci-fi thriller set in a vaguely post-apocalyptic future must create a fully drawn universe to thoroughly captivate the viewer. But Maze Runner feels only partially formed. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2.5/4 67% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " Audiences ... will be drawn to a more soulful Neeson as a downtrodden gumshoe with a strong sense of decency and dark streak of humor. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2.5/4 44% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " As a film it feels overly familiar, with some amusing scenes, but not enough to make for a wholly satisfying experience. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/4 81% Tracks (2014) " A riveting adventure, as well as a dreamy meditative saga. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2/4 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) " What looms largest is the sense of abiding loss of a potentially great movie. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 69% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) " Like its predecessor, Dolphin Tale 2 is a family-friendly story with a heart-warming and wise message of healing. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 88% The Drop (2014) " The Drop is a taut yarn that bides its time. Slow-burning tension, dark wit and superlative performances will keep audiences captivated. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 54% Frontera (2014) " No polemic, it's a poignant tale of human decency and redemption. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Sep 4, 2014
1.5/4 7% The Identical (2014) " Elvis may have left the building, but a bland impersonator has made his way onto the big screen in a contrived twins-separated-at-birth movie. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Sep 4, 2014
1/4 27% As Above/So Below (2014) " As forewarned, so avoid. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2.5/4 36% The November Man (2014) " A predictable espionage thriller undercut further by loose ends left dangling, November Man is worth seeing only for Pierce Brosnan's dynamic lead performance. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/4 72% The Notebook (2014) " Though it features no battle scenes, The Notebook shines a powerful, unflinching light on the horrors of World War II. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/4 29% Cantinflas (2014) " While a substantial number of scenes are heavy-handed, the actor who plays Cantinflas- Óscar Jaenada - is a standout. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/4 81% The One I Love (2014) " Fans of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits will particularly appreciate this blend of clever mystery, offbeat wit and a deeper-than-usual observational analysis of relationships and marital ennui. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3.5/4 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " Love may be weird, complicated and uncertain, but it is also wondrous. Love Is Strange makes that case with a remarkable blend of tenderness, wit and intelligence " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 36% If I Stay (2014) " It's a tough balancing act melding dewy-eyed teen romance with family tragedy, and harder still to weave in rousing rock performances and gorgeous classical music. If I Stay ambitiously tries to fuse it all and occasionally succeeds. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1.5/4 7% Are You Here (2014) " It's so formless, awkward and jarringly directed it's almost unwatchable. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 44% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " The cartoonish mayhem in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For aims for a film noir sensibility, but too frequently the script simply resorts to anachronistic scenes of Jessica Alba twerking. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 46% Life After Beth (2014) " Starts with promise and has some darkly funny scenes but grows listless, repetitive and plodding, the cinematic equivalent of a zombie. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " The pair bicker cheekily and needle each other in clever, amusing ways. At their best, they have almost a syncopated rhythm to their comical sparring. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/4 35% The Giver (2014) " It changes some plot points, but more important it lacks the resonance and mythic quality of Lowry's literary allegory. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 14, 2014
1/4 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " The Expendables 3 is as boneheaded and disposable as it sounds. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/4 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " Apart from the scenic location of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val and the equally enthralling shots of Indian and French cuisine, what remains is a pleasant if rather syrupy tale of clashing cultures. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 69% What If (2014) " What if is less conventional and more winning than most films in this category. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1.5/4 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Is there a word that means the opposite of Cowabunga? " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 20% Into The Storm (2014) " The special effects are skillfully wrought, scary and exciting. But when the story focuses on those weathering the onslaught, things are far less thrilling. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1.5/4 37% Child Of God (2014) " This wrong-headed adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's taut 1973 novel, as interpreted by director James Franco, spends too much time trying to create an element of compassion for this devilishly aberrant killer. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/4 89% Calvary (2014) " Calvary offers a fascinating look at contemporary attitudes toward the priesthood and Catholicism, as well as an impeccable lead performance by Brendan Gleeson and darkly sharp wit. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 79% Get On Up (2014) " It's hard not to feel good while watching Chadwick Boseman exuberantly disappear into the role of the Godfather of Soul. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " The plot occasionally becomes overstuffed, perhaps packing in extraneous elements in order to set up future installments. Yet the zany script by director James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman is sharply funny. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 30, 2014
3.5/4 78% Happy Christmas (2014) " A gently funny ensemble comedy that feels less like a movie than a short story. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/4 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " A pleasant, but forgettable, trifle. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/4 52% I Origins (2014) " Captivating, suspenseful and thought-provoking. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " Anchored by Hoffman's superlative performance, the story, based on a John le Carré novel, is low-key, brooding and engrossing. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 24, 2014
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