Claudia Puig

Claudia Puig

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
USA Today
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1809

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 77% 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 96% 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 39% 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 8% Are You Here (2014) " It's so formless, awkward and jarringly directed it's almost unwatchable." — USA Today
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 45% 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 42% 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 85% 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 32% 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 34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " The Expendables 3 is as boneheaded and disposable as it sounds." — USA Today
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/4 65% 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 70% 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 20% 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 36% 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 78% 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 92% 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 48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " A pleasant, but forgettable, trifle." — USA Today
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/4 49% 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
3/4 65% Lucy (2014) " A stylish action thriller that is equal parts dazzling and ludicrous." — USA Today
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " With the lackluster quality of its characters - aircraft, a smattering of trucks, RVs and motorcycles - the movie makes Pixar's Cars and its sequel look like masterpieces." — USA Today
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " While the film is rutted with plot holes, lapses in logic and tin-eared dialogue - the obvious is stated again and again - it falls squarely into a category that used to be called B movies." — USA Today
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1.5/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " [A] stilted, nearly humorless, non-titillating slog ..." — USA Today
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/4 77% Land Ho! (2014) " Good films have sprung from more ludicrous notions. But an eccentric, inappropriate relative on a road trip is not quite enough to pin a film on." — USA Today
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " Boyhood is an epic masterpiece that seems wholly unconcerned with trying to be one." — USA Today
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3.5/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " An exciting and engrossing blockbuster with weighty themes, it raises important moral questions as it keeps viewers riveted." — USA Today
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " [Ebert] makes for a compelling subject, intimately portrayed in a revelatory documentary." — USA Today
Posted Jul 3, 2014
3.5/4 94% CODE BLACK (2014) " The precarious state of contemporary health care is shockingly evident. McGarry follows a team of idealistic, committed and unflappable medical residents." — USA Today
Posted Jul 2, 2014
1.5/4 24% Tammy (2014) " Tammy aspires to be a latter-day Thelma & Louise, and since it co-stars Susan Sarandon, one could say at least it has its Louise. But that's about it." — USA Today
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/4 49% Earth to Echo (2014) " Every generation deserves its own visiting extra-terrestrial." — USA Today
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3.5/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Snowpiercer is a rare hybrid that perfectly blends the dazzle of a futuristic action thriller with the intellectual substance of an art film." — USA Today
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/4 83% Begin Again (2014) " Ruffalo and Knightley make an engaging pair of colleagues and their musical adventure together results in an enchanting, gently funny and occasionally poignant story." — USA Today
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/4 69% They Came Together (2014) " They Came Together will likely appeal to rom-com fans as much as to those who find such films annoyingly clichéd." — USA Today
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2/4 24% Third Person (2014) " The muddled concept is forced to the point of breaking, the writing overheated and the story arc grimly perplexing." — USA Today
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 66% The Rover (2014) " It's not just the lack of dialogue but a thin story that keeps this nihilistic tale from conveying a convincing sense of suspense. Too many details are withheld to keep the audience captivated." — USA Today
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " The catchy hits by The Four Seasons are indelible, but Jersey Boys, the drab movie based on the Broadway musical about those tunes, is sadly forgettable." — USA Today
Posted Jun 19, 2014
1.5/4 25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " Think Like a Man Too might have been more accurately titled "Think Like the Most Hackneyed Rom-com Team Around.''" — USA Today
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 85% Ivory Tower (2014) " Though it makes a powerful case for the value of higher education, the film also asks pointed questions about reasonable expectations and what needs to be revamped." — USA Today
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Nearly as exuberant as the original, How to Train Your Dragon 2 nimbly avoids sequel-itis." — USA Today
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " This is the ultimate meta movie. The repetition is exactly the point." — USA Today
Posted Jun 11, 2014
2.5/4 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " While it's an entertaining documentary, audiences may not find the 68-year-old Gordon's trajectory quite as fascinating as Myers appears to." — USA Today
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3.5/4 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " A love story that actually has something on its mind beyond romance." — USA Today
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " The pulse-pounding action scenes are briskly directed by Doug Liman." — USA Today
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3.5/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The movie is well-written, well-acted, acerbic, funny and wisely observed. Fans of the book will be glad to hear it is faithful to Green's tale." — USA Today
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3/4 83% Night Moves (2014) " Night Moves is a thoughtful, clear-eyed and provocative film that raises thorny questions but doesn't offer easy answers." — USA Today
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/4 63% The Grand Seduction (2014) " More bland than grand, and more eccentric than seductive." — USA Today
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Plot details can be scattershot, but it succeeds thanks to an outrageously comical deconstruction of Hollywood Westerns and an appealing cast of characters." — USA Today
Posted May 29, 2014
2/4 48% Maleficent (2014) " It fails to live up to its early promise, mostly because of an uneven tone and murky character development." — USA Today
Posted May 28, 2014
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