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 8.4 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Mother and Child is depressively interesting, with characters constantly ruining their best chances at happiness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    Pacific Rim gives big, dumb and loud an exemplary name and summer audiences something to cheer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Director Charles Martin Smith presents the kind of movie that gives squeaky-clean a good name.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    The weight of Carlos' world shows on his rugged face, even with rare half-smiles. This is a masterfully understated performance that should be remembered during awards season.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Renoir is beautifully filmed and scored, yet with the emotional pull of watching exquisitely textured oil paint dry.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Nobody dies softly here; they're mutilated, splattered in blood and vomit, set up by people who'll get theirs soon.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Fury reeks of self-importance, a strange arrogance for a fictional World War II drama drenched in more blood than ideas.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The cast is delightful top to bottom, although Arterton's role is chiefly defined by seductive smiles and the rise of her cut-off shorts. Allam and Cooper are standouts, creating hormonally despicable characters getting more of Tamara's attention than they deserve.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    This is first and foremost Murray's show, and the shortcomings in Melfi's script and direction are strangely appreciated. They give this singular comedian, who doesn't do it often enough these days, the room to let his buffalo heart roam.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This summer's funniest movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Carnahan didn't make a movie unfit for mankind but it certainly isn't worth mankind's money.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    With Mock 1, the Hunger Games franchise continues to entertain and evolve, not perfectly but smartly, so we can't wait to see what's next. That's what counts when all is said, done and deposited in the bank.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's the nicest Mother's Day gift available at the movies this weekend.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The next step in Matthew McConaughey's inevitable march to network television is The Lincoln Lawyer, a pilot disguised as a feature-length movie, with an entire season's arc crammed into two hours.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's an audacious mashup that Baz Luhrmann would approve, lending freshness to Tolstoy's too-often-told tale.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    It works because Timberlake and Kunis are totally in control of their damaged characters without winking at the audience, as if to say: "Aren't we cute, behaving so naughty?" Their sex is amusingly awkward, and their repressed longings more so. It's the kind of chemistry that comes along once in a generation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Tampa Bay wears fringe nihilism well, including wet-fever dreams of trigger-happy angels floating on cannabis clouds and dusted with cocaine like beignets waiting to be licked clean. Or drug gangstas sporting cornrows and gold-grill teeth, living large and thinking three-ways. Film as a fetish tool, that's what Spring Breakers is all about, y'all.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    Rio
    Bursting with color and rippling with samba rhythms, Rio makes you wonder why animated films haven't spent more time in Brazil.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    World War Z presents an abundance of relatively plausible action, smart solutions and one useful piece of information: When the zombiepocalypse comes, the undead are flying coach.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Megamind's Kryptonite is a common weakness for any comedy so fast out of the blocks: It simply runs out of surprises.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Iron Man 3 is missing that old Tony Stark spark. Not from Robert Downey Jr., who is still the best thing about this overblown show.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
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    One of the all-time great sports movies — primarily because it's one of the all-time great sports stories.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Big Eyes is an entertaining take on a pop culture footnote, short on the bizarre flourishes Burton typically employs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Veronica Mars, the movie, plays like a two-parter without commercials. Its uninspired framing and static action suits a TV screen better than a multiplex's.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    There's enough here for a nice little movie, anyway, even if Al Pacino didn't think so. He was hired to voice the movie's arch villain but dropped out due to "creative differences."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Ted
    It's often convulsively funny.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Despite its haunted house setting, the movie's most visible cobwebs are found in Jane Goldman's screenplay, adapted from Susan Hill's novel.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Apatow hates leaving anything on the cutting room floor. You could excise entire chunks of The Five-Year Engagement - the donut experiments at college, a couple of wise soliloquies, most of the stuff involving Violet's sister (Alison Brie) - and never miss a beat.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    If this was December, Kevin Hart might be in the Oscar mix, he's that good in About Last Night. Explosively good, a comedy nova who won't shut up and never should.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Quirky to the brink of exhaustion, the latest from Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a live-action Looney Tune complete with Acme contraptions and wily coyotes.

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