Steve Persall
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For 562 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 30% 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: 68
Highest review score: 100 Silver Linings Playbook
Lowest review score: 0 End of Watch
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 562
562 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The movie maintains its posture of mystery long after the solution is evident, and the best suggestion is to just smirk with the flow.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Even stock characters -- Zoe's tirelessly supportive friends and relatives -- get style points for giving jobs to old pros Klein, Linda Lavin (Alice) and "Mr. C" himself, Tom Bosley. Of course, the babies are adorable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    When the fadeout comes, viewers may feel as unsatisfied with the movie as these characters are with their lives.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    It's as slick and fun as summertime entertainment should be. Downey is still an arresting presence, glib to the nth degree and supremely confident that he's smarter than anyone else.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Even as Touching Home finds those moments, it's easier to appreciate the stars' dedication to a grass roots project than the project itself.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    What kept me laughing is the genuine camaraderie among Sandler's posse, the way they almost play themselves that perfectly suits this slim material.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Steve Carell's character in Dinner for Schmucks is almost too pitiful for the jokes launched against him to be funny. It is a terrific performance making everyone else's condescension sound harsher than the writers likely intended.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The heist movie genre gets a hip-hop makeover in Takers, a movie loaded with as much style as ammunition.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    RED
    It's an amusing geriatric uprising that might just as well be titled "Gray."
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Imagination is the key element that Conviction lacks.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Only a spunky cast prevents the film from being as tedious as a test pattern.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    It's a nice pairing of singular personalities deserving better material, or a shorter leash on the improv.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    Giamatti is a superb expressionist of emotional flotsam, with a Golden Globe for his effort.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Steve Persall
    The standout in Win Win is Alex Shaffer, a former New Jersey state champion cast as Kyle.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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