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Puzzle Reviews

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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
August 27, 2018
"Puzzle," although slow, is a beautiful and significant puzzle of its own.
August 24, 2018
There is sadness in it, but not tragedy, and uplift, but not exactly triumph. Some people will find it underwhelming. But it is tender and humane and offers a couple of fine, quiet performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
August 24, 2018
Follows a predictable path, but packs a secret weapon in the form of a powerhouse lead performance from actress Kelly Macdonald.
August 24, 2018
"Puzzle" steadfastly refuses to adhere to formula, instead going for something messier and more authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 24, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 24, 2018
An engaging mid-life character study film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 23, 2018
Puzzle, a slight but thoughtful drama, gives Macdonald a more prominent role than she usually gets, and she makes the most of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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