Steve Persall
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For 557 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% 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: 53 out of 557
557 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This movie, saddle sores and all, is a lot of fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Another Earth is stealthily effective, with silences often counting more than words.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    In addition to being one of the finest golf movies ever, this film raises the bar on faith-based cinema.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Christensen plays him with Lecter-like intensity; the unsettling calmness of someone capable of anything.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Director Charles Martin Smith presents the kind of movie that gives squeaky-clean a good name.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    As a director, Clooney makes his most straightforward movie yet, although it's static at times due to the stage origins of Willimon's material.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Wormald won't make anyone forget Bacon, but he dances better, and without a stand-in. Hough's dance ability is well-known, but she also displays flashes of acting skill.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Frankel's movie is as refreshing as a walk in the woods and surprising as a chance encounter with the best that nature can offer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    They're an entertaining foursome, and Estevez guides them through lovely scenery, clever sight gags and personal confessions with leisurely skill.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Thompson's fans will embrace its twisted verbal dexterity, romantically imagining the author feverishly pulling strings from the beyond.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Hugo is Scorsese's most personal film, from the standpoint of both an artist and a grandfather. He is as interested in Melies' posterity as in making a movie that his descendants can see before they're adults.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Ritchie stages plenty of gunfights and beatdowns to satisfy action fans, pausing to consider the beauty of violence before resuming speed and piling on more.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    War Horse takes time reaching its full emotional gallop with a late sequence combining man, beast and barbed wire. Yet it remains a technically magnificent ride throughout, and a checklist of visual influences from "All Quiet on the Western Front" to "Gone with the Wind."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This is a slight movie, but it's Williams' all the way (possibly to an Oscar nod) while the rest of the cast supports her well.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Carnage gives Polanski the best opportunity to express his devilish sense of humor in decades, proving again that comedy really is tragedy happening to someone else.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    A Dangerous Method is a movie believing the most formidable sex organ really is the brain.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Chronicle is so clever about the absurd, and so much fun to watch, that I'm almost disappointed the ending doesn't leave room for a sequel.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This movie embraces everything that should make it lousy, calling out itself for aping the source's bad ideas then flipping the script with meta precision.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Leaner than "Harry Potter's" adventures, meaner than the "Twilight" saga, The Hunger Games lives up to its source if not entirely the hype.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Remember that ultra-violent scene in "Old Boy" when the dude plowed through a subway platform of bad guys and was the only one left standing? Multiply it by four or five and that's The Raid: Redemption.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    The Avengers is as brawny and lamebrainy as any comic book movie deserves to be, capped by a 40-minute assault pummeling senses as few action sequences ever have.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Director John Madden and an ensemble of polished actors in their second primes make this a constant amusement and a nice alternative at the movies.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    While the result isn't the greatest show on Earth, it certainly is a lot of fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Even when Magic Mike is skimpier than a g-string it soars on daring, as if Soderbergh asked himself who could possibly make a good movie from such offbeat material, answered "I can," and did.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    These characters don't realize they're funny, and the actors are determined not to push it. Willis fares best, playing against in-control type; Murray fans expecting a comedy explosion won't find it here.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Ted
    It's often convulsively funny.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Farrell's diction is a noticeable upgrade from Schwarzenegger's but there's also his superior portrayal of sweaty apprehension and killer instinct.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Working in tandem they (Gordon-Levitt/Shannon) make Premium Rush a movie that's off the chain, as the kids say.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Arbitrage is a classy soap opera with a charismatic louse at its center, without "Margin Call" didactics, or the misplaced empathy of "The Company Men."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Frankenweenie is stitched together with love and a bit raggedy, like Sparky the dog in question.

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