Steve Persall

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For 896 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 Social Network
Lowest review score: 0 Like Crazy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 84 out of 896
896 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    The movie always fascinates thanks to Olsen, who'll never be just a semifamous sister again.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    How to Train Your Dragon 2 is how to make a sequel, when it gets its head out of the clouds.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Arbitrage is a classy soap opera with a charismatic louse at its center, without "Margin Call" didactics, or the misplaced empathy of "The Company Men."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    War Horse takes time reaching its full emotional gallop with a late sequence combining man, beast and barbed wire. Yet it remains a technically magnificent ride throughout, and a checklist of visual influences from "All Quiet on the Western Front" to "Gone with the Wind."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Ted
    It's often convulsively funny.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This is a slight movie, but it's Williams' all the way (possibly to an Oscar nod) while the rest of the cast supports her well.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Remember that ultra-violent scene in "Old Boy" when the dude plowed through a subway platform of bad guys and was the only one left standing? Multiply it by four or five and that's The Raid: Redemption.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Dawn of the Dead is very much its own movie, and a disturbing one at that. But it also realizes we're in the theater to have fun, either grotesquely or cleverly.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This movie embraces everything that should make it lousy, calling out itself for aping the source's bad ideas then flipping the script with meta precision.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    As a purely sensory experience at the movies you're hard-pressed to find anything more dazzling than the first 90 minutes of The Great Gatsby, when Luhrmann's riotous amusements make anything possible.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    While the result isn't the greatest show on Earth, it certainly is a lot of fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Another Earth is stealthily effective, with silences often counting more than words.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Choosing any unwieldy subplot to trim from Rio 2 is tough, as they're each so vibrantly rendered.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Lin siphons elements of his previous gig into this one. More precisely, he accentuates the existing "family" dynamic of Star Trek, leading to genuinely earned lumps in Trekker throats.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Philomena is simply one of those small, true stories that astonish in print and inspire good movies.

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