Steve Persall
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For 547 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 8.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Her
Lowest review score: 0 Little Fockers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 547
547 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is an elegant scandal almost devoid of true passion, no matter how many times the nude lovers artfully mingle.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    RED
    It's an amusing geriatric uprising that might just as well be titled "Gray."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Imagination is the key element that Conviction lacks.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    It's a nice pairing of singular personalities deserving better material, or a shorter leash on the improv.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Part 1 of Harry Potter's long goodbye is technically impressive as usual, especially an animated shadow play explaining the whole Deathly Hallows myth.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Burlesque is what happens when an irresistible sex object like Aguilera meets Cher's immovable upper lip. It isn't always pretty but on occasion it's guiltily pleasurable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ends on a perfectly appropriate note, recapturing a childish sense of wonder and an earnest approach to Lewis' religious allegory.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Nobody can disagree that Waiting for Superman deals with a subject demanding attention. But it paints the engulfing problems of U.S. education with a brush too broad and samples too small to be definitive.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Only a spunky cast prevents the film from being as tedious as a test pattern.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The Tourist is less likely to be remembered for its cat-and-mouse machinations than for the beautiful people carrying them out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Giamatti is a superb expressionist of emotional flotsam, with a Golden Globe for his effort.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    All that director Kenneth Branagh must do with Thor is not mess it up, and he succeeds. But that isn't enough. The results aren't as exhilarating as the first "Iron Man," but Downey can't play every superhero.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    A fitfully entertaining movie in an awkward position; too arty for the action crowd yet too unsubtle for more refined tastes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The sermons are subtle, raising the film's chances of crossing over to secular audiences. Soul Surfer is so clean that it squeaks, but sometimes that's a nice change of pace.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Even the smuttiest jokes about rape, torture and genitals have a more polished edge, sliding by without causing much offense. Watching actors portray alarm at Cohen's antics isn't as hilarious as civilians doing it for real.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Yes, The Eagle is as bad as it sounds but also entertaining, in a "Mystery Science Theater 3000" sort of way that Macdonald didn't intend.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The pleasant surprises in Larry Crowne come from its side characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    There are laughs that stick in your throat, when they aren't broad strokes shattering a forlorn mood that occasionally makes the movie feel like a companion piece to "Magnolia," or any film depicting downbeat people realizing they have more sorrow in common than expected.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The standout in Win Win is Alex Shaffer, a former New Jersey state champion cast as Kyle.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is boldly dull in protest to modern movie tastes, and that alone may earn it more praise than it deserves.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Joyful Noise is a good movie when it lifts up its heart and lets people sing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Movies don't come any brawnier than Safe House, and all that chaotic mayhem eventually beats the plot to a pulp.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    There is nice stuff found in The Lorax - Thneedville's artificial nature is inspired - and bad, like the original songs nobody will be humming when they leave the theater. But good intentions don't trump mediocre filmmaking. If that makes me a Grinch, so be it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Rock of Ages is nothing but a good time and sometimes less, slogging through the knee-deep hoopla of 1980s nostalgia at a jukebox pace.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Certainly amusing, but it never accelerates past one-note characters playing out separate personal crises in ways that aren't surprising.