Steve Persall

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For 812 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 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Hoop Dreams
Lowest review score: 0 Sucker Punch
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 812
812 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    In any language with anyone at the helm, Lisbeth is still a killer.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Bran Nue Dae is a strange change from the usual multiplex fare, and that's nearly enough to make it wonderful.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The movie is like an old vinyl LP; the best cuts are on the first side, there's a bangup finish and a lot of filler material in between.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's the nicest Mother's Day gift available at the movies this weekend.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    This is a solid, sincere affirmation of faith and forgiveness. Praise the Lord, and pass the popcorn.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    In spite of its incessant piling on of double-crosses and triple dog dares, Focus is a pleasant change from Academy Award seriousness. It's reassuring to see Smith resurrect the charisma that After Earth stripped away, and nice to see Robbie do anything, anytime.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    For those viewers who've watched Stewart's recent progression in offbeat films like Camp X-Ray and Still Alice — when she held her own opposite Academy Award winner Julianne Moore — it shouldn't be a surprise. Clouds of Sils Maria matches Stewart with another Oscar honoree, Juliette Binoche, with equally impressive results.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Reese Witherspoon can do a lot of things as an actor but playing a damaged-goods Depression era dame isn't one of them.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Gutt is a wonderful villain, something the franchise has lacked, and even performs an original musical number - an Ice Age first, if I'm not mistaken. Dinklage has a sinister voice, and a subtle way of expressing the character's sillier moments.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The movie seldom bridges the gap between education and entertainment, a trait that made "March of the Penguins" a must-see multiplex experience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    David Hare's screenplay based on Lipstadt's book is intrinsically stacked toward her eventual triumph, with each familiar step worth watching.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    White-knuckle fun.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    A tidy terror flick, and refreshing with its intention to make viewers gasp rather than gag.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    As Kay and Arnold lurch toward intimacy, the roles bring out a playful side seldom seen in Streep and practically never in Jones, his signature surliness melting into disarming smiles and tenderness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The Conjuring is a throwback to old-school spine tingling, although this movie is less Halloween theme ride and more 1970s post-"Exorcist" terror.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's a very good performance that isn't for the "Talladega Nights" crowd and indie audiences can appreciate that.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    A marvelous technical achievement when the director finally gets around to it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Get Out loses its nerve winding down but it's a rare horror flick not wasting all its brains on splatter.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Rogue One will engage such diehards but making new friends for the brand is unlikely.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The movie's memorable moments involve a silently expressive dodo bird and "man-panzee," stealing the show from human caricatures acting silly.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The stop-motion technique never ceases to fascinate, but the episodic structure of Shaun the Sheep Movie hinders any true emotional buildup and payoff.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Get Low is a pleasant yarn, well-acted and dutifully mounted with period designs. There isn't a false note among the actors.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Except for slipping on a third-act soapbox, The Joneses is a deft allegory of the greed and coveting that led to the recession. At times, you wonder if something like this scam could really happen, or does.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Even in strained moments, there is a sincerity to Dolphin Tale 2, an ambition to be more than an easy sequel, making it satisfying.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Farewell is a solid telling of an obscure story and nothing more. The most effective scenes aren't cloak and dagger stuff but passages like Igor daydreaming of becoming a rock star like his idol Freddie Mercury of Queen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Graphically thinking outside the box, the Lonely Island comedy team makes a decent splash with Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, an SNL spinoff that generally works.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's an audacious mashup that Baz Luhrmann would approve, lending freshness to Tolstoy's too-often-told tale.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    In the movie's best moments, Rivers is defiantly obnoxious and forthcoming about the fact that she'll do anything for money. At other times, the filmmakers attempt to make the wildcat warmer and fuzzier.

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