Directed by Marc Turtletaub. US. 2018. R. 1 hour 43 minutes. Sony Pictures Classics. Digital.
Fri., August 24, 2018 thru Thu., September 6, 2018
Ends Thu, Sep 6.
Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles, which unexpectedly draws her into a new world – where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.
Access reviews at Metacritic.
“Puzzle” toes a tough line, managing to stay relentlessly good-hearted and deeply humane, even as Agnes herself plunges into deeper, more dramatic waters. It’s the kind of mid-life crisis story that so rarely centers on a woman and Macdonald shines in the role, riveting even in the quietest of moments. That champion puzzler is Robert (Irfan Khan), still reeling from the departure of his former partner – who also happened to be his wife – and it’s clear from the moment they meet that the pair are destined to form a profound bond.” – Kate Erbland, IndieWire
“Like a bedtime cup of cocoa, Marc Turtletaub’s “Puzzle” has a soothing familiarity that quiets the mind and settles the spirit. It might also make you a little bit sleepy — which, in a multiplex reverberating with action-movie agita, can be an excellent effect for a movie to have. Which is not to say that this low-key, high-stakes domestic drama is boring — not at all. But it does have a narrative and performative rhythm that’s cozy-comforting.” Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times