Steve Persall

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For 838 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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Rango
Lowest review score: 0 Little Fockers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 81 out of 838
838 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    There is still Spider-Man's personal turmoil, crises of romance and loyalty, that Webb occasionally holds a few beats too long. Yet the performances ring true, with arresting chemistry where it counts.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    What happens in Vegas happens a lot in movies. Think Like a Man Too goes to the same casinos, strip clubs and pleasure pools with a fistful of jokers and an ace up its sleeve, the irrepressible Kevin Hart.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    The movie has a caffeinated spirit worthy of its graveyard shift milieu, a darkness artfully breached by cinematographer Robert Elswit, who previously framed L.A.'s unstill life in Magnolia and Boogie Nights.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Frozen impresses by conveying coldness in all its frostbitten beauty, from northern lights and blizzards, to ice magnifying, refracting and reflecting light. The movie is a lovely example for animation enthusiasts to study.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    When she's (Hawkins) on camera, I'd swear the screen bends into a smile.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    The easiest way for filmmakers to show injustice in the world is through the eyes of a child. In the case of Haifaa al-Mansour's movie, the injustice is Saudi Arabia's male-centric culture, and the child is a preteen girl named Wadjda.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Frankenweenie is stitched together with love and a bit raggedy, like Sparky the dog in question.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    It's a lesson that African-American culture offers more inspiring stories than Hollywood has chosen to tell.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Eye in the Sky remains gripping even when Hibbert tosses in one or two side-taking circumstances too many.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Much Ado About Nothing is simply a fun time among Whedon and his friends, and for the most part it's contagious.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Farrell's diction is a noticeable upgrade from Schwarzenegger's but there's also his superior portrayal of sweaty apprehension and killer instinct.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Director Charles Martin Smith presents the kind of movie that gives squeaky-clean a good name.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    If Fences occasionally feels cinematically inert, it's emotionally resonant thanks to Davis and Washington the actor, not the director as much.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This is what the holidays need: a good, Swift kick in the funny bone.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    If this was December, Kevin Hart might be in the Oscar mix, he's that good in About Last Night. Explosively good, a comedy nova who won't shut up and never should.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Even when Magic Mike is skimpier than a g-string it soars on daring, as if Soderbergh asked himself who could possibly make a good movie from such offbeat material, answered "I can," and did.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Ronan is Brooklyn's linchpin, and its saving grace.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    I'll See You in My Dreams is a disarming romantic dramedy, constructed from "geezer flick" cliches, to be sure, yet lifted to another level by the performances, top-to-bottom.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    These characters don't realize they're funny, and the actors are determined not to push it. Willis fares best, playing against in-control type; Murray fans expecting a comedy explosion won't find it here.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    There are no boundaries in this movie, so deal with it or leave.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    For the initiated, however, Alfredson weaves a tidy web from loose ends left dangling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Creed proceeds to hit the same beats as six Rocky movies preceding it, all the way to the Big Fight. But there's a difference here. This is the first Rocky movie Stallone didn't write, enabling Coogler and co-writer Aaron Covington to bring new perspective and respect.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    In addition to being one of the finest golf movies ever, this film raises the bar on faith-based cinema.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    A Most Violent Year has its share of wham-bam moments — a car-truck-foot chase into the city's bowels is superb — but the action never speaks louder than Chandor's hard-boiled words.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This movie embraces its inner yokel.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Lawrence makes every moments as Katniss count, pouring out mixed feelings through puffy eyes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    The Jungle Book could use better lighting and less of John Debney's musical score insisting each moment be melodically underlined twice. Still, it's a movie to thrill and perhaps inspire kids to play Mowgli games again. Not outside, of course. Now there's an app for that.

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