Steve Persall
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For 534 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Nebraska
Lowest review score: 0 For a Good Time, Call...
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 534
534 movie reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 33 Steve Persall
    Fans of either Smith will be sorely disappointed. The elder never before appeared this listless on screen, and the younger misplaced his unforced rapport with the camera that made the Karate Kid reboot so impressive. Only Shyamalan delivers what moviegoers expect from him, and that's a shame.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The only memorable aspect of She's Out of My League is Eve's performance. Not that it's good, but it does possess the hypnotic quality of a flicker ring.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Our Family Wedding should embarrass Whitaker and each of his co-stars, perhaps except Carlos Mencia, whose chief attribute as an actor is that he's a so-so standup comedian.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    None of these complaints would matter if The Bounty Hunter possessed even a smidgen of inspired comedy. It doesn't.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Nearly everything about Just Wright is just wrong.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    As far as unnecessary movies go, Predators is a pip.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    A sitcom pilot idea stretched to feature length boredom.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    If only one character in Stone reacted as someone in his position would to the preposterous situation at hand, the movie would be 15 minutes long.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    A smarter-than-average bear becomes a dumber-than-usual kiddie flick with Yogi Bear, the lone Christmas release specifically aimed at children, so it automatically qualifies as their lump of coal.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Billed as an action comedy, The Green Hornet isn't funny, and the action is often too frenetic to make any impression.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Country Strong is a country music melodrama, but I'm not sure which country.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Yes, there is a hell, and this movie is showing at its local multiplex.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Hop
    Hop is harmless, which is the worst best thing to be said for any movie. It never decides whether to be a kiddie flick or a grownup lark and winds up as neither. As Roger might say: "Puh-puh-puh-puhleeze, don't waste your time."
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Your Highness is drive-by directing at its laziest, linking late-night sketch ideas in a quest for comedy as difficult to locate as the Holy Grail.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Something Borrowed is a romantic comedy in which absolutely no one deserves to end up happy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Breaking Dawn Part 1 confirms suspicions that all four books could've made a heck of a single movie.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Can we please get over the notion that every superhero in a skintight suit deserves a movie? Green Lantern is the latest wallet drainer emptying the comic book bench, more thudding than "Thor" and sorely incoherent.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    A timid new take on the old fairy tale, and it's pretty grim.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    30 Minutes or Less merely puts together actors with only one funny talent each, making them do it over and over again.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    This Thing is purely for the gorehounds, and they aren't likely to leave impressed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    By the time Melancholia finally crawls to its conclusion, his (von Trier) round orb in the sky isn't as depressing as the rectangular screen.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Through it all, Marshall sticks to his rose-colored principles: You gotta have hope, listen to your heart and take leaps of faith. Plus a new one: Parker should never make it through a movie without at least one pair of fabulous shoes.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    I wouldn't even DVR What's Your Number? if under house arrest and starved for entertainment. I've got this movie's number, and it's zero.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Two flesh-and-blood performers stand out among the machinery. One is pop singer Rhianna, looking lovely as usual despite the military gear and quite comfortable with high-powered artillery. The other is Gregory D. Gadson, an Army veteran who lost his legs to a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Jack the Giant Slayer is merely cable TV fodder waiting to happen and not worth a hill of beans, magic or otherwise.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Other than its campy title, not much about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is fun.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The Art of Getting By is enough to drive a movie critic to drink. The next round's on the kid in the overcoat.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    This movie never realizes how ridiculous anything it does truly is, right up to the last-second promise of another sequel.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    An amoral mosaic of carnage and carnality.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Machine Gun Preacher comes alive only when Sam is pulling a trigger, which is most of the second hour. You can find the same thrill from watching a grindhouse descendant like "The Expendables" on cable TV.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The word "sappy" comes to mind, constantly. So often that I wanted to make like a tree and leaf. Frankly I'm stumped, wondering exactly who the audience is for such a drab slab of saccharine uplift.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Carnahan didn't make a movie unfit for mankind but it certainly isn't worth mankind's money.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Move along, guys. Nothing to see in The Lucky One, unless you're in the doghouse at home and need to make nice.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Alex Cross is slipshod cinema hoping to capitalize on a star out of his orbit here.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Cloud Atlas, surely the most incoherent waste of time and money on screen this year.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    If the first 90 minutes of Girl Most Likely grate and disappoint, wait until the final 10 or so, when directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini try covering their maniacally depressive tracks like cats in a litter box.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    If anyone could harness McCarthy's dynamo presence while protecting her from looking bad, it should be Falcone. Instead, Tammy suggests no one had the heart to tell this hot Hollywood couple that it wasn't working.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Stargate is a time-warped implosion of baffling space mysticism, a costume budget gone mad, and too much sand for any movie short of Lawrence of Arabia. It's pretty, vacant and pointless; an interactive computer game with which we just don't feel like getting involved. [28 Oct 1994, p.10C]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Steve Persall
    This is summer entertainment at its mindless, violent worst featuring plenty of squishy, crunchy sounds and sickening makeup X effects to satisfy undiscerning blood-and-guts audiences. Moviegoers looking for pacing, character development or delightful thrills must seek shelter elsewhere. [11 July 1992, p.3D]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 21 Metascore
    • 16 Steve Persall
    Everybody's cyber-pal Ashton Kutcher is perfect casting for Killers, since the screenplay is shallow as a Tweet and the movie appears to have been shot with a Nikon point-and-click camera he plugs on TV.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 16 Steve Persall
    Niccol fashioned an uninspired and downright dull sci-fi gimmick and doesn't even explain how it happened.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 16 Steve Persall
    For the love of movies, stay away.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 16 Steve Persall
    Most annoying is John Carter's scarcity of action. This much buck should buy more bang.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 0 Steve Persall
    The Last Airbender makes the cartoon version with its ratchet-jawed characters and clunky animation seem like a Pixar classic.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 0 Steve Persall
    A comedy abomination, tasteless and useless to a stunning degree, with storied actors smugly collecting paychecks for sullying their careers.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 Steve Persall
    I'm Still Here is amateurishly shot and edited, as if ineptness equaled some higher level of veracity. Ironically, it's the only Joaquin Phoenix movie anyone has cared about in years.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Steve Persall
    It's all megalomaniacal junk from Snyder, but that isn't his most offensive move.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 0 Steve Persall
    The Change-Up is the "Human Centipede" of gag-me comedies.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 0 Steve Persall
    This messy mix of sci-fi horror and post-Superbad raunchiness didn't make me laugh once. Not a single snicker, chortle or smile.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 0 Steve Persall
    Save the money you might spend for a ticket to see For a Good Time, Call... and just read a dive bar's restroom wall for free. That's the sub-level of comedy here, with a litany of crude sexual euphemisms and phallic images passed off as jokes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 0 Steve Persall
    End of Watch is a repellent movie, first for its shaky-cam conceit rendering much of the action incomprehensible, and finally for seeking to entertain viewers through the thuggish execution of a police officer.