Steve Persall

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For 880 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Birth of a Nation
Lowest review score: 0 The Last Airbender
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 84 out of 880
880 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    More than any previous Marvel adaptation, Civil War conveys the comics' light touch amid somber circumstances. In a bold stroke, those circumstances are of the heroes' own making.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    It's touching, and you can dance to it. What's not to love?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    The Secret Life of Pets is funnier than Zootopia and fresher than Finding Dory. Bonus points for a genuinely touching finale that had me crying behind my 3-D glasses.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Anchored by Viggo Mortensen's prismatic portrayal of Ben, this is one of the summer's nicest movie surprises, and among its wisest.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Sure, Arnold's movie is aimless, at times frustrating, like its characters. It's also a harshly poetic reflection on what being young must mean today.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    James Mangold's Logan is an uncommonly mature comic book movie, practically from another universe unto itself. It's a movie demanding and deserving to be taken seriously, an elegy for a mutant.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    While the villains are standard issue evil, Wonder Woman is remarkable in the genre for its early 20th century setting and Gadot's galvanizing performance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Many actors would focus their energies only on Arnie's tics, but DiCaprio aims for his soul. We could either laugh at Arnie or pity him, but DiCaprio makes us love him. [4 Mar 1994, p.5]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Even when I.Q. turns to mush, it's appealing mush. Robbins has never been so downright adorable on screen; befuddlement becomes him. Ryan looks a few years too old for such an ingenue role, but few female actors have such an immediate bond with an audience. [25 Dec 1994, p.14C]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    War for the Planet of the Apes seals Caesar's place in the pantheon of movie messiahs and the trilogy's place among the finest ever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    David Lowery's A Ghost Story is a different sort of haunting, a quiet reverie of never letting go of people, places, anything. Some viewers may think it silly, others profound, but there's no other movie quite like it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    If he made The Ghost Writer under a pseudonym, it might be roundly hailed as the classy white-knuckler it is. But it's Polanski's name above the title, with his own ghosts haunting each frame.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    The Runaways isn't just about rock 'n' roll; it IS rock 'n' roll, as loud, sexy, sometimes sloppy and ultimately exhilarating as the music can be.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This movie is a last chance to save the series, which it does.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    A sensory and intellectual overload from start to finish, a brawny, brainy summer movie that may infuriate as many viewers as it enraptures.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    There's no way to make this a feel-good movie, and admirably the Duplass brothers don't try. Cyrus finds its humor in dark places, through characters bringing out the worst in each other.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This summer's funniest movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    The choicest performance in Animal Kingdom is Weaver's sing-song sinister matriarch of the Cody clan, a cheery sort with the benign nickname "Mama Smurf."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This is how a romantic vampire flick should work.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    For the initiated, however, Alfredson weaves a tidy web from loose ends left dangling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Megamind's Kryptonite is a common weakness for any comedy so fast out of the blocks: It simply runs out of surprises.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This is what the holidays need: a good, Swift kick in the funny bone.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    True Grit is a very good movie that might be more embraceable if we didn't know who was pulling the trigger.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    When she's (Hawkins) on camera, I'd swear the screen bends into a smile.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This is old-school monumental filmmaking, without CGI tricks or many soundstage comforts for a dedicated cast. David Lean would probably approve.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This movie embraces its inner yokel.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    For two hours it's a fun head trip.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    It's about time that another Scream flick came along to gouge the new cliches out of their sockets. Scream 4 does it in grandly Guignol style.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    It's deja vu all over again in The Hangover Part II, only dirtier and more dangerous, if you can imagine that.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Like the genre's top filmmakers - the Coens, Polanski, Hitchcock - Capotondi builds dread with wicked winks at the audience, dropping subtle surprises along the way.

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