Steve Persall

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For 812 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Southside with You
Lowest review score: 0 The Last Airbender
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 812
812 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    The movie's only constant pleasure - heck, the whole franchise's - is Eugene Levy as Jim's dad, widowed and wondering if it's time to date again.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    The first half is nothing but silly setups for a stretch run that admittedly has its moments of wacky pandemonium, just not enough.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    The terror of Sept. 11 feels like little more than a dramatic hook, an easy way to make audiences cry. Oskar and the event defining him deserve better.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Office Christmas Party contains enough lunacy from McKinnon, Bell and Vanessa Bayer to nearly recommend, then enough lame plot threads, Rob Corddry and Olivia Munn to reconsider.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Fury reeks of self-importance, a strange arrogance for a fictional World War II drama drenched in more blood than ideas.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    The Intern is a movie outmoded in style and strangely retro-sexist in spirit.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Pawn Sacrifice tells a fascinating story in unspectacular fashion, resulting in a draw.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    The junk in Lucy doesn't entirely eclipse the moments when weird is fun.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    At some juncture — much earlier than director Gareth Edwards intends — Godzilla needs to stop being an extra in his own movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    I spent several minutes not caring what was happening with the story but just observing the patchwork illusion of oversized props, short stunt doubles and computer grafting of big faces on small bodies. Nice work.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    The Great Wall is a so-so movie with eye-popping images.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was supposed to settle a fanboy debate older than Adam West. Instead it raises another: Is being a superhero really this much of a drag?
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Rock the Kasbah isn't respectful of truth, or consistently funny in the way it lies.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Poor Thor. Dude can't even hold center stage in his own movie. He's the Asgardian god of stolen thunder, upstaged at each ab turn by Loki, malarkey and Odin's eyepatch.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Let's cut to the chariot chase. The latest screen version of Ben-Hur would be little more than a condensed miniseries without it, framed for small television screens, with performances to fit.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    This Grudge Match is winners take all and losers bought tickets.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    By all accounts, Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was a monster. That's exactly how Johnny Depp plays him in Black Mass, a dark blob of underworld cliches and bad contact lenses.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Imagine a stuffy Merchant Ivory production blended with muted Michael Crichton sci-fi and you have Never Let Me Go, at least as it plays on screen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Shame smears the lines between daring and taunting, and art versus indulgence. When it ends there's the urge to take a shower, and not a cold one.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    I deferred to the wisdom of Grouchy Smurf (George Lopez): "I didn't hate it as much as I expected to. But I still hated it."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Big Stone Gap isn't everyone's cup of sweet tea. It's a homespun tale populated by broadly drawn characters and solid actors — Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Anthony LaPaglia — sounding like they gulped hush puppy batter.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    As a rollicking comedy, it isn't.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Comedy and narrative demand more rhythm than simply scamper, jabber, fall but that's what Minions bring to the table.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    The Raven isn't nearly as much fun as it should be.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    At times the screenplay by brothers David and Alex Pastor strikes the proper tone for claptrap.... Mostly, though, the dialogue thuds in circles.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Fifty Shades Darker is what you'd expect from encoring a regrettable one-night stand. Not a keeper, but nothing to gnaw off your arm about.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Life Happens still has the obligatory relationship cracks and repairs to wade through but it's finally tolerable.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Flat and polished is a fine condition for mirrors, not movies. There is imagination galore but no genuine magic in Mirror Mirror, a Grimmly disappointing take on Snow White's fairy tale.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    It's a story told accurately, if not particularly well.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    The movie zings when Jenkins is snapping off venomous wisecracks, or O'Hara speaks politically incorrectly with only the best intentions. But those moments aren't enough to raise A.C.O.D. above the level of a failed pilot for a racy pay channel sitcom.

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