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Puzzle Reviews

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December 8, 2018
It's a showcase for Macdonald, and 22 years on from Trainspotting the Scottish actress displays a mixture of soulful struggle and defiant will to change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 27, 2018
There is kind and winning quality to it but it almost seemed... too small for the big screen. I couldn't shake the feeling throughout that had I seen it streaming on Netflix I would probably have far warmer feelings for it.
November 14, 2018
Despite this crying out to be described in jigsaw puns, I'll simply say that Kelly Macdonald as the blossoming Agnes blows everyone out of the water in a performance of subtle intensity and humour, and leave it at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 10, 2018
Kelly Macdonald shines in the lead. Her face is a powerfully expressive text ... representing hairpin turns of understanding and decision that are always convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 6, 2018
Thoroughly simplistic and profound, Puzzle is a poignant and insightful character study of domestic alienation looking to take some time off for poetic evaluation.
November 3, 2018
... this film carries a steady, oceanic emotional undercurrent in a light package.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 25, 2018
As the character grows Macdonald's performance gets even more complex, and even when the story gets a little formulaic the emotional investment remains.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 9, 2018
It was Danny Boyle's 1996 film Trainspotting that introduced audiences to then 20-year-old Kelly Macdonald. The Scottish actress delivers the performance of her career in her first lead role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 7, 2018
Finally, a coming of age story for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 26, 2018
It's a low stakes redemption story that resonates on a grander scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 18, 2018
Always strong in supporting roles, Macdonald achieves her own mid-career breakthrough with a fascinatingly complex lead performance that pitches natural inhibition against a growing inner confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 17, 2018
Macdonald's delicate acting makes it easy to identify with the thoughts and emotions flickering through Agnes' eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 14, 2018
Which is the strength of "Puzzle," the fact that it refuses to portray both these characters and the situations they find themselves in as mere clichés.
September 10, 2018
I found it incredibly satisfying.
September 10, 2018
What a little jewel of a film this is. Sumptuous looking... excellently acted and scripted, light on its feet but filled with a sense of purpose, and, at its core, a sharply observed character study. Hard to fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 9, 2018
Lovely, subtle work from Macdonald, as her character blossoms and her horizons broaden, gives the film a warmth and magnetism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2018
The contest may be a little short on drama but in the end all the pieces fit together with a very satisfying snap.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2018
Puzzle is an unvarnished and humane look at the missing pieces in one woman's life, built around Kelly Macdonald's exceptional central performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 6, 2018
Macdonald's exquisite performance as an unassuming, unassertive, devoutly Catholic homemaker is the principal pleasure; all the picture's other virtues radiate from it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 5, 2018
It might look like a quirky take on the sports movie, but Puzzle is in fact an astutely crafted character drama, featuring a superb central performance from Kelly Macdonald.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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