For 495 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 8.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Star Trek Into Darkness
Lowest review score: 0 For a Good Time, Call...
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 495
495 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    As far as unnecessary movies go, Predators is a pip.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    A sitcom pilot idea stretched to feature length boredom.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    If only one character in Stone reacted as someone in his position would to the preposterous situation at hand, the movie would be 15 minutes long.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    A smarter-than-average bear becomes a dumber-than-usual kiddie flick with Yogi Bear, the lone Christmas release specifically aimed at children, so it automatically qualifies as their lump of coal.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Billed as an action comedy, The Green Hornet isn't funny, and the action is often too frenetic to make any impression.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Country Strong is a country music melodrama, but I'm not sure which country.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Yes, there is a hell, and this movie is showing at its local multiplex.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Hop
    Hop is harmless, which is the worst best thing to be said for any movie. It never decides whether to be a kiddie flick or a grownup lark and winds up as neither. As Roger might say: "Puh-puh-puh-puhleeze, don't waste your time."
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Your Highness is drive-by directing at its laziest, linking late-night sketch ideas in a quest for comedy as difficult to locate as the Holy Grail.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Something Borrowed is a romantic comedy in which absolutely no one deserves to end up happy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Breaking Dawn Part 1 confirms suspicions that all four books could've made a heck of a single movie.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Can we please get over the notion that every superhero in a skintight suit deserves a movie? Green Lantern is the latest wallet drainer emptying the comic book bench, more thudding than "Thor" and sorely incoherent.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    A timid new take on the old fairy tale, and it's pretty grim.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    30 Minutes or Less merely puts together actors with only one funny talent each, making them do it over and over again.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    This Thing is purely for the gorehounds, and they aren't likely to leave impressed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    By the time Melancholia finally crawls to its conclusion, his (von Trier) round orb in the sky isn't as depressing as the rectangular screen.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Through it all, Marshall sticks to his rose-colored principles: You gotta have hope, listen to your heart and take leaps of faith. Plus a new one: Parker should never make it through a movie without at least one pair of fabulous shoes.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    I wouldn't even DVR What's Your Number? if under house arrest and starved for entertainment. I've got this movie's number, and it's zero.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Two flesh-and-blood performers stand out among the machinery. One is pop singer Rhianna, looking lovely as usual despite the military gear and quite comfortable with high-powered artillery. The other is Gregory D. Gadson, an Army veteran who lost his legs to a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Jack the Giant Slayer is merely cable TV fodder waiting to happen and not worth a hill of beans, magic or otherwise.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Other than its campy title, not much about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is fun.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The Art of Getting By is enough to drive a movie critic to drink. The next round's on the kid in the overcoat.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    This movie never realizes how ridiculous anything it does truly is, right up to the last-second promise of another sequel.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    An amoral mosaic of carnage and carnality.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Machine Gun Preacher comes alive only when Sam is pulling a trigger, which is most of the second hour. You can find the same thrill from watching a grindhouse descendant like "The Expendables" on cable TV.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The word "sappy" comes to mind, constantly. So often that I wanted to make like a tree and leaf. Frankly I'm stumped, wondering exactly who the audience is for such a drab slab of saccharine uplift.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Carnahan didn't make a movie unfit for mankind but it certainly isn't worth mankind's money.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Move along, guys. Nothing to see in The Lucky One, unless you're in the doghouse at home and need to make nice.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Alex Cross is slipshod cinema hoping to capitalize on a star out of his orbit here.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Cloud Atlas, surely the most incoherent waste of time and money on screen this year.