Steve Persall

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For 925 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Manchester by the Sea
Lowest review score: 0 The Watch
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 85 out of 925
925 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Kubo and the Two Strings is lovely to behold, if viewers manage to keep their eyes open. It's an animated doozy and drowser at once, an uncomfortable mix of Miyazaki-style imagination and generic dullness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Coppola's movie has a sense of indie vitality, although the energy feels wasted by running in place.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    If this movie truly cost $375 million to produce and market (as the L.A. Times reported), the biggest chunk isn't on the screen.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Act of Valor will likely earn high praise from combat veterans and their families, the way movies like "Fireproof" and "Seven Days in Utopia" resonate with Christians. Civilians, movie critics and certainly pacifists won't be nearly as impressed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Director Robert Lorenz makes a nondescript debut, after assisting Eastwood on several of his directing gigs. The student hasn't learned much from the teacher about economic storytelling or deflecting schmaltz.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Gimme Shelter exists less as a social lesson than as a wobbly showcase for Hudgens' still-developing skills.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Our Brand Is Crisis shows flashes of insight cribbed from reality, nibbling the edges of satire without ever taking a big bite.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    In telling someone else's story Crowe loses track of his own as a cultural definer, not a panderer. Mee bought a zoo; Crowe sells out.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    The third act sustains a fevered level of absurdity and everything prior is stylish, well-acted yet off-putting.Art without any noticeable heart.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    X-Men: Apocalypse is sprawling to a fault, in both geography and characters to be given something to do.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Not even J.K. Rowling can say abracadabra and make a worthwhile movie franchise appear. The lightning that struck Harry Potter once merely grazes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, turning the sorcerer's mentor into a fantasy apprentice.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    This Cinderella is achingly old-fashioned, with scant humor, a regressive heroine and godmother effects that aren't special.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Good intentions don't always make for good movies. Case in point: Zootopia, a Disney film with more on its mind than animated fun and fuzzies. So much, in fact, that it loses track of what audiences expect, what they're being sold.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Spike Lee's remake of 2003's Oldboy is as brutally perplexing as the South Korean original, and needless for both its repetition and tweaks. Nothing is really lost in translation, or gained.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Hanks keeps things interesting with an array of concerned expressions and distant gazes. But there's no tension in faked suffering. The actor and Eastwood's movie are limited by the goodness of their subject, the flawlessness of his actions.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    The Boss feels like a fun character gradually wasted.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    The reason this overstuffed movie remains tolerable is the inspired casting of Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. as a combative father and son, and their determination to out-thespian each other.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Woo directs Mission: Impossible 2 cautiously, as if still introducing himself to U.S. audiences despite Face-Off and Broken Arrow. Or maybe he has nothing left to say about the poetry of violence after such visual eloquence in his Chinese classics. [24 May 2000, p.1D]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Soderbergh doesn't always match his pacing to Mallory's fury.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Leigh's characters merely act in a goofy and irritating fashion until their dramatic pay-off scenes. This uneven style cheats fine actors out of the chance to shade their roles rather than rely upon black-and-white emotions. [6 Mar. 1992, p.10]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 35 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Identity Thief is a road movie with its creative lanes clogged, and a Mack truck comedian barreling through, anyway.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Buying a ticket to see It Could Happen to You is like purchasing a Lotto ticket with three matching numbers; you get back a little more than you paid for it, but the thrill is quickly replaced by nagging thoughts of what might have been.
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Cumberbatch is very good, in a movie that isn't.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Almodóvar dives into perversity, practically daring the audience not to follow. The Skin I Live In is a mediocre addition to his resume, yet for fans, even bad Almodóvar is better than none at all.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Knight and Day never makes sense from the opening credits. Heck, the title is only half-explained, and not as cleverly as the pun deserves. It's a movie that never gestated beyond the pitch: Glamorous stars in exotic locales, shooting and driving their way to safety through a gantlet of bad guys chasing a MacGuffin.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Like a struggling sprinter, Stephen Hopkins' film suffers from wasted motion, too much going on. It's the difference between a merely competent movie and one justifying more discussion of Hollywood's commitment to reward diversity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    The strategy deserves to self-destruct in five seconds.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    The Conjuring 2 is serviceable horror, heavy on the audio stings yet smarter than the average gorefest.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    It's the garish swarm of colorfully twisted action that Batman v Superman needed, the anarchic approach such timeworn superheroes deserve. Suicide Squad characters aren't nearly as familiar, so writer-director David Ayer's movie is also messy, not entirely by design.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Live by Night is ambitious to a fault, with so much material and technical pizzazz that a cable miniseries format might have been a better way to go.

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