Steve Persall
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For 597 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 Top Five
Lowest review score: 0 The Last Airbender
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 57 out of 597
597 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Well-acted and lovingly designed, Marsh's movie falls far short of the genius it attempts to celebrate.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    For all of its movie-of-the-week mechanics, this is a deeply moving dramatization of what Alzheimer's does to mind and spirit, anchored by the finest performance, male or female, from any 2014 movie release.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Tangled would be a satisfying adventure on plot and 3D sensations alone.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Edge of Tomorrow may be the best video game movie ever made. Which is strange since it isn't actually based on a video game.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    It's the most unsettling nice surprise of 2011.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    In any language with anyone at the helm, Lisbeth is still a killer.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Warrior is a surprising gut punch, a modern-day "Rocky" saga with two mixed martial arts pugs trying to beat, choke and kick the system.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    I've watched Sleepwalk With Me twice now, each time impressed with Birbiglia's confidence in revealing so much about his craft and himself, and the freely associated style with which he does it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Taylor's movie is overly episodic, but a number of those episodes are marvelous.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's a heady blend, at times requiring more speechifying than throwaway pop deserves. But it keeps one guessing between ill-staged and frenetically edited fight scenes. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo handle vehicular mayhem better.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Almodóvar dives into perversity, practically daring the audience not to follow. The Skin I Live In is a mediocre addition to his resume, yet for fans, even bad Almodóvar is better than none at all.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This movie embraces its inner yokel.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Imagine a stuffy Merchant Ivory production blended with muted Michael Crichton sci-fi and you have Never Let Me Go, at least as it plays on screen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Unstoppable isn't unwatchable, but it is a letdown after "Speed" and some of the Speed-on-a-(fill in the blank with a vehicle) flicks that followed. Forget missing Hopper; even Keanu Reeves might make this movie more entertaining.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The stories might work better separately as uninterrupted short films. Combined, they lack cohesion but suggest that Coppola has a fine framing eye and ability to guide actors to good work.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    The Avengers is as brawny and lamebrainy as any comic book movie deserves to be, capped by a 40-minute assault pummeling senses as few action sequences ever have.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Chronicle is so clever about the absurd, and so much fun to watch, that I'm almost disappointed the ending doesn't leave room for a sequel.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    I expected, even wanted to cry at The Fault in Our Stars, or at least choke up a little. Yet the transparent eagerness of this movie to break hearts, through means not entirely justifying that end, always pulled me back.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This movie embraces everything that should make it lousy, calling out itself for aping the source's bad ideas then flipping the script with meta precision.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Liman handles the spy stuff with Bourne-again flair, especially the opener when Valerie proves her mettle during an assignment to secure a snitch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    The problem isn't entirely Lehane's script... It's the way Belgian director Michael R. Roskam, making his English language debut, is so visually uninspired by all this meanness.

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