Steve Persall

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For 940 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Rabbit Hole
Lowest review score: 0 Little Fockers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 940
940 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Like the live action Beauty and the Beast, its best impressions come from imitating the source, lifting visuals and dialogue to deja vu effect.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    As an actor, Meryl Streep is incapable of making false moves. That doesn't mean she's incapable of making false movies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    The problem isn't entirely Lehane's script... It's the way Belgian director Michael R. Roskam, making his English language debut, is so visually uninspired by all this meanness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Unstoppable isn't unwatchable, but it is a letdown after "Speed" and some of the Speed-on-a-(fill in the blank with a vehicle) flicks that followed. Forget missing Hopper; even Keanu Reeves might make this movie more entertaining.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Extraordinary heroism deserves a less ordinary movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    13 Hours is another flag-wrapped paean to true-life Alamo heroism in the vein of Lone Survivor, hoping for ticket sales like American Sniper. Neither of those movies carry the political burden of 13 Hours, and Bay isn't one to channel it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Atomic Blonde is a rare case of a woman toplining an action flick, but it hardly feels revolutionary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Bale operates in full brood throughout. Studi is a strong presence stymied by the movie’s misplaced priorities. Hostiles is another Western in which Indian characters are props for white man problems.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    American Ultra is a clumsy mix of courtship and gunpowder, passion and horror leading to a romantically sick-humored conclusion. The end nearly justifies director Nima Nourizadeh's means of getting there. But not quite.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Yes, this is a great time for escapism at the movies. But there's a point at which escapism throws what we're trying to forget back in our faces.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Somewhere, Wes Craven is laughing up his sleeve, and Robert Englund is grinning. It's nice to know that you're irreplaceable.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    This is a comedy never proceeding beyond its idea pitch and attractive casting.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    The movie veers between disapproval, farce and something uncomfortably close to envy, with a trio of game performances barely holding things together.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    The movie is geared to preschoolers, so only parents dragged with them may complain. There's only that Looney Tunes overture to savor before the Acme production begins.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    I seriously doubt that it happened this way, with such convenient strife and truncated solutions. The movie is about baseball but plays like T-ball, with each situation teed up for easy swings.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    If you prefer hipster romantic comedies that are unromantic and not too funny, Lee Toland Krieger's movie may be your grande half-caf caramel mocha frappe.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    The three young stars biding time in Tom Gormican's listless rom-com are too gifted for one mediocre movie to bury.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    A comedy as lazy as Sandler's previous boondoggles.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    I honestly thought Eclipse would be different, after "New Moon" showed stirrings of cinematic life.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    A terrible title for a not-much-better movie, missing a grammatically correct question mark and most of the point with romantic comedies.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    The Host doesn't strive for social allegory, as previous body snatcher flicks have done with the Red Scare, civil rights and Watergate. If anything it's merely a teenage girl's fantasy checklist for prom.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Everything plays out brutally, and the acting's not bad. But it's unsettling for external reasons beyond its control.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Jobs the movie isn't as fascinating as Jobs the man, much less the myth of entrepreneurial superiority he left behind.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Sure, the plot is paper thin like most reboots, but CHiPs is less about the story and more about the special effects and stunt riding, which are jaw-dropping.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    The movie's best performance — and worst defamation — belongs to Tony Shalhoub, playing the first victim as a conniving, egotistical jerk who deserves to be kidnapped, maimed and ruined financially.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Man on a Ledge makes bigger leaps of logic than Nick will if he fails a gravity test. If the transparent sting springing him from Sing Sing doesn't roll your eyes, then wait for the climax when Nick becomes a kind of plainclothes Spider-Man.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Veronica Mars, the movie, plays like a two-parter without commercials. Its uninspired framing and static action suits a TV screen better than a multiplex's.

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