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Puzzle (2018)



Critic Consensus: 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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Helen Coxe
as Ezster
Mandela Bellamy
as Grocery Clerk
Lawrence Arancio
as Train Conductor
Sebastian Chacon
as Puzzlemania Clerk
Barry Godin
as Father Kutash
Matthew Shifrin
as Subway Singer
Audrie J. Neenan
as Aunt Emily
Mhari Sandoval
as Puzzle Competition MC
Abigail Friend
as Church goer
Collin Grubbs
as Church Goer
Alison Linkov
as Mom at Church
Ron Maestri
as Puzzle Store Manager
Ruben Navarro
as Louie's Bud/Mechanic
Martin Pfefferkorn
as Long Bearded Puzzle Competitor
Annie Pisapia
as Church goer
Vin Scialla
as Father of Agnes
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Critic Reviews for Puzzle

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (45)

In case you were wondering, the jigsaw puzzles are a metaphor for the wife's identity.

March 20, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

September 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Lovely, subtle work from Macdonald, as her character blossoms and her horizons broaden, gives the film a warmth and magnetism.

September 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What's to dislike here? Hardly anything - it's finding things actively to like that poses more of a problem.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Terribly earnest, but that's not really enough.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

September 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Puzzle


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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