For 523 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 8.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 A Better Life
Lowest review score: 0 The Change-Up
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 523
523 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Country Strong is a country music melodrama, but I'm not sure which country.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Yes, there is a hell, and this movie is showing at its local multiplex.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    A timid new take on the old fairy tale, and it's pretty grim.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    This Thing is purely for the gorehounds, and they aren't likely to leave impressed.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Breaking Dawn Part 1 confirms suspicions that all four books could've made a heck of a single movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Other than its campy title, not much about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is fun.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    An amoral mosaic of carnage and carnality.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Stargate is a time-warped implosion of baffling space mysticism, a costume budget gone mad, and too much sand for any movie short of Lawrence of Arabia. It's pretty, vacant and pointless; an interactive computer game with which we just don't feel like getting involved. [28 Oct 1994, p.10C]
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    If the first 90 minutes of Girl Most Likely grate and disappoint, wait until the final 10 or so, when directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini try covering their maniacally depressive tracks like cats in a litter box.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    If anyone could harness McCarthy's dynamo presence while protecting her from looking bad, it should be Falcone. Instead, Tammy suggests no one had the heart to tell this hot Hollywood couple that it wasn't working.