For 526 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 8.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The World's End
Lowest review score: 0 The Change-Up
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 526
526 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    Buck is a movie to be revisited again and again, like passages from a satisfying self-help book. Riding experience isn't necessary to realize how extraordinary this man and his calling are.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Exhilarating drama, and a triumphant return to glory for both Zemeckis and Washington.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    At least the latest movie about the financial meltdown doesn't make the same mistake as the last one. It also doesn't prove that a fictional film can explain the downturn's causes and effects better than a documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    Kaur and Khan, who was robbed of a IIFA nod, scarcely share a frame of The Lunchbox, yet the emotional connection of their characters is palpable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    How to Train Your Dragon 2 is how to make a sequel, when it gets its head out of the clouds.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    A Dangerous Method is a movie believing the most formidable sex organ really is the brain.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    Sounds depressing, although Rabbit Hole isn't, with David Lindsay-Abaire presenting a perceptive, subtly dark-humored adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Nothing much happens in Greenberg, yet Stiller and co-star Greta Gerwig make inconsequence tolerable with solid performances.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Rapace is a magnetic presence in a far-ranging mystery requiring such a solid character to orbit around.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    Rango is wild, woolly and weird, and the first movie of 2011 that I must see again.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    The movie's finest performance is Daniel Bruhl's unapologetic bluntness as Lauda, and his subtle conveyance of jealousy the driver — whose resemblance to a rat is often noted — must have felt about Hunt's popularity and handsomeness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Robespierre does a nice job of balancing the seriousness of this situation with the no-boundaries irreverence of Donna's comedy background.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The standout in Win Win is Alex Shaffer, a former New Jersey state champion cast as Kyle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Bridesmaids is a bit of a groundbreaker... Not exactly a banner for feminism but equal time is overdue.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    Yes, Kermit does reprise The Rainbow Connection, surely one of the loveliest movie songs ever and, yes, it still brings tears to your eyes. Happy tears, realizing some marvelous things never change.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is movie escapism made with intelligence, and that doesn't come around often enough. As I sensed this movie ending I wished it wouldn't, and when it did I wanted the next one now. Take that, Bilbo.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    For all of its carnal frivolity, The Wolf of Wall Street lacks passion and purpose, qualities Scorsese at his best has in abundance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Frankenweenie is stitched together with love and a bit raggedy, like Sparky the dog in question.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    X-Men: Days of Future Past effectively passes the torch from one generation of socially segregated mutants to the next.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    A sensory and intellectual overload from start to finish, a brawny, brainy summer movie that may infuriate as many viewers as it enraptures.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Farewell is a solid telling of an obscure story and nothing more. The most effective scenes aren't cloak and dagger stuff but passages like Igor daydreaming of becoming a rock star like his idol Freddie Mercury of Queen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Bully is no more incisive than a Dateline NBC segment on the subject, although with a PG-13 rating it now can be a classroom tool for discussion.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Corbijn keeps the intrigue uncluttered, guided by Andrew Bovell's economical adapted screenplay.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's a quiet story, without many emotional outbursts and no villains. Parts of Higher Ground are dull, honestly. But the movie always feels honest about its subject.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Frozen impresses by conveying coldness in all its frostbitten beauty, from northern lights and blizzards, to ice magnifying, refracting and reflecting light. The movie is a lovely example for animation enthusiasts to study.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The reclamation project that Ben Affleck calls a career continues with The Town, his second directing effort that would impress more if the first try weren't so terrific and visually similar.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    At times the sewer dwellers don't appear worth saving, except for Socha's profiting. This can't be the filmmaker's intention but it's there.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    There's no way to make this a feel-good movie, and admirably the Duplass brothers don't try. Cyrus finds its humor in dark places, through characters bringing out the worst in each other.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    There's much more to the adventure, a deft balance of fantasy and teen angst that never loses its contemporary sense of humor.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    It is well acted bunk, led by Hugh Jackman's righteous raging as the father of a missing girl, abducting a suspect (Paul Dano) to pummel and scald a confession from him. If only solving the case and ending this movie sooner was that simple.