Steve Persall

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For 830 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Star Trek Into Darkness
Lowest review score: 0 End of Watch
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 81 out of 830
830 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    What truly becomes aggravating about Zoolander 2 is its dependence upon a parade of famous people doing supremely unfunny things.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    In 2002, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was at least a unique cultural take on movie cliches typically reserved for Italian and Jewish squabbles and makeups. Now it's all stale baklava, made with love but past its prime. Opa? Nope-a.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The Comedian is a phony movie about funny people, starring a great actor understanding next to nothing about stand-up comedy.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Airheads is a rock 'n' roll radio comedy in which laughs come at a very low frequency. [5 Aug 1994, p.8]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Something Borrowed is a romantic comedy in which absolutely no one deserves to end up happy.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Nearly everything about Just Wright is just wrong.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    For their next act, the illusionist con artists from Now You See Me will make every ounce of goodwill that movie earned disappear.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The sequel is merely crude for crudeness' sake, lazy as they come.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Alex Cross is slipshod cinema hoping to capitalize on a star out of his orbit here.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    A Cure for Wellness is a repellent curiosity, rich in atmosphere yet starved for dramatic morsels a sound plot might nourish.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    A sitcom pilot idea stretched to feature length boredom.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    All Crowe's movie has going for it is casting, a lineup of favored actors wasted in a screenplay unsure of what it wants to be. Aloha is by turns a love quadrangle that never materializes, an ode to Hawaiian sovereignty, an opposites-attract cliche and an outer-space weapons caper, all of which is clumsily executed.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Victor Frankenstein is misshapen as the bad doctor's creature itself, straining without wit or viscera to be a devilish horror romp.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The pleasures of Allegiant are unintended, those little bits of business taken so seriously that serious viewers must laugh.
    • 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
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The only thing Black or White adds to the discussion of race relations is another one-sided argument.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Fantastic Four is so mediocre that its title seems like a violation of truth in advertising laws.
    • 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."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The central mystery has been drastically altered to fit Julia Roberts, its most telling clue diluted, and a signature sequence that made soccer exciting now makes baseball duller.

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