Steve Persall
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For 568 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 29% 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 Piranha 3-D
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 568
568 movie reviews
    • 47 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The Boxtrolls is a visually repellent pile of stop-motion animation, populated by grotesques and filmed in the palette of an exhumed casket's interior. It can frighten small children and bore anyone, with its cracked, cackled British wit.
    • 38 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
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The sequel is merely crude for crudeness' sake, lazy as they come.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    On the plus side, Scott's plagues are cool. But it's a long slog to crocodile rocking, pestilence and Proactiv-proof sores.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    There are cheesy pleasures found in Left Behind's ineptness.
    • 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.

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