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Puzzle transcends its quirky premise with honest emotion -- and Kelly Macdonald, whose nicely understated performance proves she's too often underutilized.



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PUZZLE is a closely observed portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys, but being very, very

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  • Turtletaub's direction and the trio of ace performances make "Puzzle" feel relatable and real; it's one of those movies where everything truly comes together.

    Aug 24, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Watching two people do a jigsaw puzzle could be fascinating in the right movie. This is not that movie.

    Aug 16, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

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  • "Puzzle" becomes a low-key pleasure, with all its pieces fitting together nicely.

    Aug 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The results are deceptively simple, finding complex emotions in a scenario that only signals sentimentality.

    Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Turtletaub goes deep on character, allowing Macdonald and Khan to reveal details of their lives, and also their dreams and fears, in a manner that's as natural as the charming piano score.

    Aug 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The indie drama's aptly metaphorical goings-on have real warmth, and get an added boost from charming performances by Macdonald and Irrfan Khan...

    Aug 9, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Tom Russo

    Boston Globe
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For some life is a bitch, for others it's like a box of chocolates but for Agnes life is a puzzle spiritually and metaphorically. Kelli Macdonald plays Agnes perfectly as we witness her transform from June Cleaver to the next #MeToo icon. I would put her on a short list for an Oscar nomination. The story is simple but deep and the acting is superb all around. A beautiful jewel box of a film. (9-10-18)

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