Steve Persall
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For 534 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 30% 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 Young Adult
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 534
534 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Only a spunky cast prevents the film from being as tedious as a test pattern.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    The funniest comedy of degeneracy since "Bad Santa," and a career-changer for Aniston and Farrell if they'll only keep following their perverted muses. Horrible Bosses spins hostile work environments into a movie surpassing "9 to 5" and "Office Space" as the touchstone flick for disenchanted drones.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The movie seldom bridges the gap between education and entertainment, a trait that made "March of the Penguins" a must-see multiplex experience.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is an elegant scandal almost devoid of true passion, no matter how many times the nude lovers artfully mingle.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Non-Stop mostly works by being aware of what other jet-in-jeopardy flicks have done before, adding a spin here and there. Nothing Hitchcockian but more ambitious than a Neeson action flick needs to be.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Curled up at home with the lights off and DVD player running, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark might be passable fun. Spread over a movie screen, the film's modest ambition gets dwarfed by expectations, especially after paying for a ticket.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Date Night is really just another example of what happens when funny sitcom stars are lumped together in a movie, believing that laughter exponentially increases with screen size.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Real Steel is sci-fi without the science, and the fiction is strictly 20th century, straight out of Rocky knockoffs.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    It's a pleasing tribute to Steadman, but there's a sense that Paul would really prefer to focus on Thompson's brand of altered-state brilliance, which has been covered in documentaries before. If you're a gonzo completist, For No Good Reason is a must-see.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Unknown is finely tuned pulp filmmaking, a dumb movie with a smart veneer, which is nothing to sneeze at.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Thompson's fans will embrace its twisted verbal dexterity, romantically imagining the author feverishly pulling strings from the beyond.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Hereafter doesn't feel like a Clint Eastwood film; it's more like a very special edition of John Edward's psychic TV show.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Maleficent feels spit-balled into more directions than barely 90 minutes of story time can adequately cover. It's once upon a time, happily ever after and a lot of undeveloped drama in between.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Steve Carell's character in Dinner for Schmucks is almost too pitiful for the jokes launched against him to be funny. It is a terrific performance making everyone else's condescension sound harsher than the writers likely intended.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The Farrellys affectionately structure their movie to resemble the Stooges' one-reelers from the 1930s, while the modern setting shows how timeless their rapid-fire puns, insults and pratfalls truly are. Silliness never goes out of style.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Jude Law's ferociously vulgar portrayal of a hard-luck safecracker carries the first hour of this amorality tale. Then writer-director Richard Shepard makes the creatively fatal mistake of making Dom Hemingway sympathetic, when irredeemable is much more fun.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The performances are constantly spot-on, especially Scott during a wonderfully written rant during a group vacation.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    Man of Steel is more than just Avengers-sized escapism; it's an artistic introduction to a movie superhero we only thought we knew.
    • 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
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Yes, The Eagle is as bad as it sounds but also entertaining, in a "Mystery Science Theater 3000" sort of way that Macdonald didn't intend.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Cloud Atlas, surely the most incoherent waste of time and money on screen this year.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    A movie as fun as it is flawed.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The movie finds its humor in the royals' shock at Hyde Park's lacking decorum, and a hint of FDR's political savvy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Dark Shadows manages in two hours what the TV show took six years to do: become irrelevant and remembered only for how sloppy it was.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    2 Guns is a movie based on smart callbacks and sly flip-flops of loyalty, regularly interrupted by spasms of well-staged violence.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Paramount prefers to think of Star Trek: Generations as the first of a new film series, rather than the seventh act of the old, but prior knowledge of the saga definitely is a necessity. It's a movie filled with punchlines that depend on the audience knowing the set-ups. [18 Nov. 1994, p.3]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Redford proves that at 75 he can still choose meaningful projects and deliver them with intelligence.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Except for slipping on a third-act soapbox, The Joneses is a deft allegory of the greed and coveting that led to the recession. At times, you wonder if something like this scam could really happen, or does.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    As a purely sensory experience at the movies you're hard-pressed to find anything more dazzling than the first 90 minutes of The Great Gatsby, when Luhrmann's riotous amusements make anything possible.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    It feels like a rush job, needing another draft or two for cohesion's sake, or for Allen to decide what sort of story he's telling.