Steve Persall
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For 531 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 8.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Wind Rises
Lowest review score: 0 The Change-Up
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 531
531 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Romantic charm and racy humor in a neatly arranged package anyone can appreciate.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Snitch is grittily streetwise, and until its last 20 minutes fairly credible compared to other movies "inspired by" true stories.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The movie is airy, predictable and ultimately inconsequential. Yet, there are moments in She's All That when the filmmakers create something close to artfulness, a rare trait in a teen-dream movie. It's a minor, reassuring cure for those Varsity Blues. [29 Jan 1999]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Closed Circuit is a shaggy paranoid thriller in which conversations aren't the shorthand of people who know each other but wordy exposition for those strangers in theater seats.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Plenty of ideas float through Ender's Game but the notion of honing a child into a war machine is one that sticks. Writer-director Gavin Hood's adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel doesn't offer much else, bottled up with battle jargon and special effects debris as it is.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Nothing to skip school over but at least it's not in 3-D. No sense in paying an extra ticket charge for something belonging on TV, anyway.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    The pleasures of Lovelace are in its casting choices, allowing a brio trio like Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria and Bobby Cannavale to sleaze up a pivotal scene, and an unrecognizable Sharon Stone to go full Jessica Lange as Linda's shamed mother.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The most succinct evidence that Shakespeare was a fraud is offered by Derek Jacobi in prologue and epilogue, alone on a Broadway stage before a rapt audience. As usual in matters of the Bard, the play's the thing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Doesn't revolutionize the romantic comedy like "(500) Days of Summer," or even match the Farrellys or Judd Apatow for clever smut. But it is cheerful raunch delivered by a solid cast.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    For Colored Girls is blessed with a Murderer's Row of black female actors, each tearing ferociously into Shange's words and gamely hanging on through Perry's.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Eat Pray Love is like one of those rich dishes Liz consumes in Italy; robustly flavored and guiltily pleasurable.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The Campaign is below-the-Beltway humor, stretching obvious targets to raunchy extremes.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Whatever laughter Lottery Ticket earns is through familiarity with these exaggerated characters, and actors going the extra mile to make viewers believe they haven't seen this material before.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This movie has everything up its sleeve and presto chango at its core, ending in defiance to the plot's established logic before viewers realize they've been had.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    None of it is thrilling, but Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has a Saturday matinee goofiness that'll go well enough with air conditioning.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This movie, saddle sores and all, is a lot of fun.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    It's a nice movie, and can certainly be inspirational for the proper audiences.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Escape Plan is so dumb it's adorable, as any movie pitting Sylvester Stallone's grunt against Arnold Schwarzenegger's accent should be.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    When director Joseph Kosinski flips the switch on action, TRON: Legacy is entertaining enough. Especially in 3D IMAX, with a mega-audio system booming Deft Punk's droning Xbox-ready musical score, nearly drowning out the collisions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    This Thing is purely for the gorehounds, and they aren't likely to leave impressed.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Cumberbatch is very good, in a movie that isn't.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Gutt is a wonderful villain, something the franchise has lacked, and even performs an original musical number - an Ice Age first, if I'm not mistaken. Dinklage has a sinister voice, and a subtle way of expressing the character's sillier moments.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Choosing any unwieldy subplot to trim from Rio 2 is tough, as they're each so vibrantly rendered.