Claudia Puig

Claudia Puig

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Claudia Puig's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016)

"This tale of a late 19th Century Russian teen on an Arctic quest is undeniably dazzling to behold, but as an epic action-adventure saga it must, by definition, be exciting and brisk. It is instead stately and a bit bland." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 29, 2016

The Dressmaker (2016)

"There are giggles to be had -- especially given the talents of cast members like Winslet, Davis, Hemsworth and Weaving -- but the laughs are not quite plentiful enough to make up for its awkward contrivances." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 22, 2016

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"This humanistic tale, helmed by a masterful filmmaker, offers a potent -- and yes, inspirational -- story of triumph against huge odds." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 12, 2016

Denial (2016)

"The film is talky and well-mannered, which are not usually the highest of compliments. But it works." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 12, 2016

The Wild Life (2016)

"A dull, uninspired and frantically tedious animated re-telling of the Robinson Crusoe story, complete with a menagerie of ditzy, caterwauling beasts. Consequently, this cacophonous misfire feels a good deal longer than its 91-minute running time." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 8, 2016

Ithaca (2016)

"Dsjointed, dreary and oddly structured. Seemingly pointless scenes drag. The characters feel like cardboard cutouts, and the story is so deliberately paced as to feel tedious." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 8, 2016

A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016)

"Feels like a movie that left critical portions of its essential backstories on the cutting room floor, with only somberness to fill in the gaps." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 17, 2016

Abortion: Stories Women Tell (2016)

"While this well-made film is unlikely to change minds on the controversial issue, by giving women an opportunity to recount their experiences, it should, at the very least, least touch hearts. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 10, 2016

The Little Prince (2016)

"When the film hews to its source material, the results are enchanting, but the predictable and sentimental framing device around the slim tale undercuts the potency of the book's meditations on love and mortality. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 4, 2016

Women He's Undressed (2016)

"The golden age of Hollywood offers a feast of juicy material and Armstrong digs in with gusto." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 28, 2016

Nuts! (2016)

"This savvy director plays with history and viewers' conceptions of traditional documentary filmmaking, expounding in a way upon Stephen Colbert's concept of "truthiness."" ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 8, 2016

The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016)

"The dialogue is superb, both powerful and understated, bolstering the emotional authenticity of the performances." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 1, 2016

The Infiltrator (2016)

"Follows some of that played-out drug thriller playbook, but also effectively dials up the nerve-wracking tension." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 87%

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

"Upbeat but intense threequel looks at identity, family ties." ‐ Common Sense Media
Posted Jan 22, 2016
2.5/4 66%

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

"While just a jot less fun than its predecessor, Pitch Perfect 2 is a worthy sequel in tone, even if the story feels padded with a few too many montages." ‐ USA Today
Posted May 14, 2015
3/4 97%

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"An operatic extravaganza of thrilling action and nearly non-stop mayhem ... exhilarating, deranged and exhausting in almost equal measures." ‐ USA Today
Posted May 14, 2015
2/4 48%

The D Train (2015)

"The D Train is long on high-concept comedy, then runs out of steam and becomes a forced and far-fetched drama." ‐ USA Today
Posted May 7, 2015
2/4 73%

Welcome to Me (2015)

"Welcome to Me works better as a character study than a full-fledged story. Audiences will have little sense of Alice beyond what they first see." ‐ USA Today
Posted May 7, 2015
2.5/4 58%

Maggie (2015)

"Despite its stylistic affectations, Maggie is a thought-provoking blend of post-apocalyptic thriller, teen weeper and horror flick, infused with more intelligence and humanism than that description might imply." ‐ USA Today
Posted May 7, 2015
1/4 7%

Hot Pursuit (2015)

"It's ill-conceived, not funny, overbearing and not in any way worth watching." ‐ USA Today
Posted May 7, 2015
4/4 86%

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

"An enthralling, complex, nimbly acted drama with a sweeping romance that doesn't shy away from sexual politics." ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2.5/4 75%

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

"Sure, this is the A Team of comic book superstars, but overextended sequences don't make them any more impressive." ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 28, 2015
2/4 63%

The Water Diviner (2015)

"While the war story aims for epic turf, the love story settles for manipulation." ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/4 55%

The Age of Adaline (2015)

"Lively's performance is appropriately mysterious but too shallow to allow audiences to empathize with her character. The fault lies more in the screenplay, which doesn't give her character much depth." ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 22, 2015
3/4 62%

Unfriended (2015)

"Fresh and fearsome fun." ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/4 44%

True Story (2015)

"True Story is an intrinsically fascinating and occasionally riveting tale marred by unnecessary embellishments." ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/4 26%

Child 44 (2015)

"Child 44 could have been far more compelling had it dug deeper into its political thriller layers and not drifted into yet another story of a diabolical killer on the loose." ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 16, 2015
1.5/4 29%

The Longest Ride (2015)

"The Longest Ride is sentimental, forced and silly, but it's sure to hit the bull's-eye with its intended audience." ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/4 93%

Ex Machina (2015)

"For a first-time director, Garland seems assured. His sharp, sparse dialogue and meticulous direction are equally compelling, and the trio of lead performances are top-notch." ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 8, 2015
1.5/4 14%

Last Knights (2015)

"Sadly, the talents of an impressive cast far outstrip the tedious material they're given." ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/4 79%

Furious 7 (2015)

"Furious 7 offers edge-of-the-seat excitement with outlandish action sequences, inventive stunts, hilarious cartoonish moments and even some touching emotion." ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 1, 2015
2.5/4 54%

Woman in Gold (2015)

"The film is saved by engaging performances from Mirren and Reynolds, who shine as their characters' relationship deepens." ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 31, 2015
3/4 84%

While We're Young (2015)

"A sharply observed and witty dark comedy." ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 26, 2015
1.5/4 29%

Get Hard (2015)

"Get Hard is hard to sit through and hardly funny." ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/4 47%

Home (2015)

"Key characters are admirably diverse, but the fast-paced tale is thoroughly predictable." ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 26, 2015
1.5/4 28%

Insurgent (2015)

"This second installment, based on Veronica Roth's series of YA novels, feels cobbled together and less focused than 2014's Divergent, and lacks tension and excitement." ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2.5/4 78%

Danny Collins (2015)

"Though occasionally contrived, in its more low-key, honest moments, Danny Collins rings out with emotional resonance." ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 19, 2015
1.5/4 17%

The Gunman (2015)

"The only redeeming feature about The Gunman is its exotic locations." ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3.5/4 96%

What We Do In The Shadows (2015)

"If Twilight made you queasy and Dark Shadows felt like a missed opportunity, this pitch-perfect genre spoof is worth relishing." ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3.5/4 93%

The Hunting Ground (2015)

"The Hunting Ground explores its disturbing subject so thoroughly that the documentary feels more like a horror film - a slasher movie where the psyches of its young, smart victims are in tatters." ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/4 60%

Run All Night (2015)

"Under all his action-star antics, Liam Neeson is a good actor. So his insistence on repeatedly playing a variation of the same role is mystifying." ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.5/4 32%

Chappie (2015)

"The concept is undeniably compelling, but portions of this dystopian action thriller begin to feel like a video game." ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2.5/4 64%

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

"A mildly diverting trifle, notable for its stunning setting and some deft performances but crammed with too many forgettable subplots." ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/4 83%

Cinderella (2015)

"Cinderella enthralls with its ravishing style and timeless message of resilience, decency and kindness triumphing over evil." ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2.5/4 56%

Focus (2015)

"At times ... Focus resembles a commercial for a pricey brand of liquor, an elite hotel or a luxury car more than a story-driven movie." ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2.5/4 14%

The Lazarus Effect (2015)

"Absorbing, well-crafted and appropriately tense, with a smart cast that raises it a notch above average." ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/4 61%

Maps to the Stars (2015)

"If a pointless and nasty Hollywood satire filled with vile characters and no one to root for sounds like a good time, go see Maps to the Stars." ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/4 71%

The DUFF (2015)

"Mae Whitman is the best thing here, and the funny actress deserves better material than what's offered in this derivative and superficial ode to teen self-acceptance." ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 95%

Wild Tales (2015)

"Well-acted, cleverly written and exquisitely crafted." ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/4 14%

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

"For those who liked the first movie and find a plethora of penis jokes hilarious, this is a fitting sequel. But others should stay away." ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 19, 2015
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