Steve Persall

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For 742 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Way, Way Back
Lowest review score: 0 For a Good Time, Call...
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 73 out of 742
742 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Black's performance is the key to making The D-Train more than just another sophomoric bromance. The wild-eyed mania is still evident, but channeled through a filter of pity.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Hotel Transylvania doesn't raise the bar for animation or comedy but it's fun, and nice for once to have a different reason to say "boo" after an Adam Sandler flick.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Most of the time I was distracted by the superb photorealism of The Good Dinosaur's American Southwest backdrops, wondering how much money Disney would save by just filming the real thing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Unknown is finely tuned pulp filmmaking, a dumb movie with a smart veneer, which is nothing to sneeze at.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Doesn't revolutionize the romantic comedy like "(500) Days of Summer," or even match the Farrellys or Judd Apatow for clever smut. But it is cheerful raunch delivered by a solid cast.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The Queen of Versailles leaves viewers with one feeling about the Siegels: Let them eat stale cake.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    For the most part, the performances can raise goosebumps, especially whenever Lea Michele, Amber Riley and Naya Rivera open their mouths.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    This is among the funnier entries in the cancer-kid genre, flawed yet affable, with no fault in its dweebly charismatic stars.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It can get a bit redundant but always remains interesting, as young lives take shape on an asphalt oval.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Romantic charm and racy humor in a neatly arranged package anyone can appreciate.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Eat Pray Love is like one of those rich dishes Liz consumes in Italy; robustly flavored and guiltily pleasurable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Anything men can do women can do dirtier, funnier, fresher, since distaff raunchiness shows no signs of going stale and isn't contained to Melissa McCarthy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It will mightily preach to the choirs of concerned citizens, and be ignored by anyone else.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    A sequel needs to hit the ground running faster than Divergent does. Find more notes for Woodley's elegantly plain face to express.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Muppets Most Wanted is pleasant enough to recommend as family entertainment. But the movie falls short of what immediately preceded it, musically and emotionally.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    True Story may someday be used in both acting and journalism classes, the former for what students should do, and the latter for what they shouldn't.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Appropriately, the best jokes in Trainwreck are unprintable, or too winding to describe. Schumer's sexual vocabulary and observational skills get a workout, surrounded by an occasionally surprising cast of foils.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Kingsman is as violently kinetic as anything Vaughn has made, a list including Kick-Ass (the good one) and Craig's U.S. breakthrough, Layer Cake. But Kingsman is also wildly uneven, often slowing its roll to stiff-upper-lip pacing necessary (or not) to create a new British secret agent movie mythology.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Non-Stop mostly works by being aware of what other jet-in-jeopardy flicks have done before, adding a spin here and there. Nothing Hitchcockian but more ambitious than a Neeson action flick needs to be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Succeeds where "Thor" didn't and the "Incredible Hulk" hasn't, twice. Unlike those drags, director Joe Johnston keeps things relatively simple and pleasantly stupid.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It is interesting even when nothing much happens, which is for most of its 3-hour running time.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    For all of its carnal frivolity, The Wolf of Wall Street lacks passion and purpose, qualities Scorsese at his best has in abundance.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The humor is an underdog's fantasy, tapping the same vein Murray bled dry with self-important camp counselors and military officers; the less cool they are, the harder they'll fall.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Bully is no more incisive than a Dateline NBC segment on the subject, although with a PG-13 rating it now can be a classroom tool for discussion.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Hysteria is a one-joke movie, but when a joke is told this well, it doesn't matter.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's a movie that grows on you, after grating your nerves while viewing it.

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