Steve Persall
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For 568 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 8.2 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 End of Watch
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 568
568 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Thankfully in space, no one can hear you yawn.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Big Hero 6 is second-tier Disney/Marvel entertainment, fine for a day out with the children yet doesn't seem enough, after the creative advances of Wreck-It Ralph and the emotional heft of Frozen.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    White-knuckle fun.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    The strategy deserves to self-destruct in five seconds.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Corbijn keeps the intrigue uncluttered, guided by Andrew Bovell's economical adapted screenplay.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Arbitrage is a classy soap opera with a charismatic louse at its center, without "Margin Call" didactics, or the misplaced empathy of "The Company Men."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Remember that ultra-violent scene in "Old Boy" when the dude plowed through a subway platform of bad guys and was the only one left standing? Multiply it by four or five and that's The Raid: Redemption.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The movie's memorable moments involve a silently expressive dodo bird and "man-panzee," stealing the show from human caricatures acting silly.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Even when Magic Mike is skimpier than a g-string it soars on daring, as if Soderbergh asked himself who could possibly make a good movie from such offbeat material, answered "I can," and did.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    The Cabin in the Woods isn't merely another "Scream" exercise in self-awareness, or a "Scary Movie" spoof of the same. It's a wickedly smart hybrid mutation, biting the severed hand feeding the genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The movie's erratic pleasures are like its ghosts; now you see them, now you don't.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    Yes, this one is even better: funnier, brawnier and ingeniously constructed for appeal to both devoted fans and reluctant converts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Cumberbatch radiates such intelligence — with Sherlock and this, egghead Benedict is his speciality — that gaps are easily excused. From sets and costumes to Alexandre Desplat's musical score, The Imitation Game is everything classy that Hollywood wishes it could be.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    It's irreverent about cancer and that could be inspirational. And it's surely one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen all year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    A movie of here-and-now thrills, goosed by judicious CGI effects that never overpower the humanity of the situation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    War Horse takes time reaching its full emotional gallop with a late sequence combining man, beast and barbed wire. Yet it remains a technically magnificent ride throughout, and a checklist of visual influences from "All Quiet on the Western Front" to "Gone with the Wind."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Screenwriter Bert V. Royal takes the oldest adolescence hook in the book - losing one's virginity- and turns it inside out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    The movie's first half is its funniest, as Moore sets up this alternate low-resolution universe.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Shame smears the lines between daring and taunting, and art versus indulgence. When it ends there's the urge to take a shower, and not a cold one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud craft a fun stretch run, wrapping the story with warm, fuzzy funnies and nothing to suggest a sequel, which is probably wise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Well-acted and lovingly designed, Marsh's movie falls far short of the genius it attempts to celebrate.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Like the genre's top filmmakers - the Coens, Polanski, Hitchcock - Capotondi builds dread with wicked winks at the audience, dropping subtle surprises along the way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's a familiar, straightforward story, carried from start to finish by Winstead, who makes Kate an interesting study in contradictions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    22 Jump Street is a mixed bag of clever spoofery and miscalculated outrageousness. The unveiled homoeroticism of practically all interaction between Jenko and Schmidt is amusing to the point when it isn't.

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