Steve Persall

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For 755 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 7.1 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 Little Fockers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 73 out of 755
755 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 0 Steve Persall
    End of Watch is a repellent movie, first for its shaky-cam conceit rendering much of the action incomprehensible, and finally for seeking to entertain viewers through the thuggish execution of a police officer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is vile art, bludgeoning viewers for three hours with indefensibly gratuitous race baiting and blood.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Carnahan didn't make a movie unfit for mankind but it certainly isn't worth mankind's money.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The Boxtrolls is a visually repellent pile of stop-motion animation, populated by grotesques and filmed in the palette of an exhumed casket's interior. It can frighten small children and bore anyone, with its cracked, cackled British wit.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    An amoral mosaic of carnage and carnality.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    If only one character in Stone reacted as someone in his position would to the preposterous situation at hand, the movie would be 15 minutes long.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 0 Steve Persall
    Save the money you might spend for a ticket to see For a Good Time, Call... and just read a dive bar's restroom wall for free. That's the sub-level of comedy here, with a litany of crude sexual euphemisms and phallic images passed off as jokes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Cloud Atlas, surely the most incoherent waste of time and money on screen this year.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 16 Steve Persall
    Niccol fashioned an uninspired and downright dull sci-fi gimmick and doesn't even explain how it happened.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    On the plus side, Scott's plagues are cool. But it's a long slog to crocodile rocking, pestilence and Proactiv-proof sores.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 33 Steve Persall
    John Hillcoat's Triple 9 is doubly disappointing, wasting talent and our time with underworld cliches previously covered in other movies that ultimately didn't matter. This cynical slice of lowlife will join them soon enough.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    What truly makes The Neon Demon frustrating is Refn's undeniable talent for arresting images. His color schemes and framing make each second fascinating to observe, even when the dialogue is stultifying.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 16 Steve Persall
    Most annoying is John Carter's scarcity of action. This much buck should buy more bang.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    As far as unnecessary movies go, Predators is a pip.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Nearly everything about Just Wright is just wrong.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    This Thing is purely for the gorehounds, and they aren't likely to leave impressed.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 Steve Persall
    I'm Still Here is amateurishly shot and edited, as if ineptness equaled some higher level of veracity. Ironically, it's the only Joaquin Phoenix movie anyone has cared about in years.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The movie takes something primally appealing and attempts to explain it, fetishize it, turn it into something deeper and more dramatic than it is.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The only thing Black or White adds to the discussion of race relations is another one-sided argument.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Breaking Dawn Part 1 confirms suspicions that all four books could've made a heck of a single movie.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Country Strong is a country music melodrama, but I'm not sure which country.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The Angry Birds Movie is simply a pointless swirl of color and motion to babysit small children on home video in a few months. Sadly, such movies aren't an endangered species.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Machine Gun Preacher comes alive only when Sam is pulling a trigger, which is most of the second hour. You can find the same thrill from watching a grindhouse descendant like "The Expendables" on cable TV.

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