Steve Persall
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For 540 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Adventures of Tintin
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 52 out of 540
540 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The rest are hit-and-miss propositions with occasional flashes of wit, and a few standout performances. It's always good to see Judy Davis exchanging barbs with Allen, like when he boasts of having an IQ of 160.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The movie has its heart and humor in the right place, and there's no "Shame" in that.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Eastwood's unvarnished storytelling style, usually his strength as a filmmaker, is terribly out of place here. If ever a movie needed flashbacks, dream sequences, any attempt no matter how cliche to goose the narrative, it's this one.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Sparkle may wind up as Ejogo's breakthrough but will forever be remembered as Houston's swan song, and a glimpse of what her next life chapter might have been. What a talent. What a waste.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    There's no disputing Streep's brilliance, which this time feels more calculated than usual, in a movie demanding only an impersonation.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The final 20 minutes at the Radio City Music Hall extravaganza are fairly tense, in highly improbable ways designed to rouse send-off cheers.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Bran Nue Dae is a strange change from the usual multiplex fare, and that's nearly enough to make it wonderful.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Sinister is basically a collection of bogus snuff films linked by standard haunted house tricks - everything creaking and slamming, with the power conveniently shut off.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The sermons are subtle, raising the film's chances of crossing over to secular audiences. Soul Surfer is so clean that it squeaks, but sometimes that's a nice change of pace.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    A distinct lack of merriment marks each frame of this film, with Scott determined to erase all fond memories of past Robin Hoods.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    There are strange, midnight movie pleasures found in Smith's movie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    Hands down and body parts floating, the most irresistibly sick movie in years is Piranha 3D, which should be retitled Piranha 3D, Double-D and C for all the topless cuties director Alexandre Aja feeds the fish and audience.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    There is still Spider-Man's personal turmoil, crises of romance and loyalty, that Webb occasionally holds a few beats too long. Yet the performances ring true, with arresting chemistry where it counts.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Hysteria is a one-joke movie, but when a joke is told this well, it doesn't matter.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ends on a perfectly appropriate note, recapturing a childish sense of wonder and an earnest approach to Lewis' religious allegory.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Anyone of any age can get a kick out of watching penguins slide down the spiraled interior of the Guggenheim Museum, or seeing how one of these flightless birds manages to buck nature.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    If not for a few choice performance moments and a couple of peppy montages, Wanderlust would be cinematic compost, recycled and thoroughly smelly.
    • 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
    • 58 Steve Persall
    White House Down is nearly enough fun to be a bad movie that's a good time. But it always finds some way of being a drag, belching exposition and weak humor when action's all we need, then carrying the action to exhausting lengths.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Paul Haggis is positive that withholding information while John makes "A Beautiful Mind" flow charts and deals with bad dudes will keep it interesting. Haggis is wrong.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    A tidy terror flick, and refreshing with its intention to make viewers gasp rather than gag.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    It's about time that another Scream flick came along to gouge the new cliches out of their sockets. Scream 4 does it in grandly Guignol style.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Reese Witherspoon can do a lot of things as an actor but playing a damaged-goods Depression era dame isn't one of them.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Mostly it's hamstrung by an abundance of reverence and dialogue sounding like an art studies syllabus when it isn't rehashing war movie tropes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Movies don't come any brawnier than Safe House, and all that chaotic mayhem eventually beats the plot to a pulp.