Steve Persall
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For 579 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 8.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Top Five
Lowest review score: 0 The Last Airbender
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 56 out of 579
579 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    No
    The movie needs one or two central characters directly affected by the dictatorship, in order to create more tension around a conclusion that's already known.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Wolverine is a solid start to the ever-lengthening summer movie season, when all that matters is the bang and the bucks paid for it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    This franchise that won't die began in 2001 as The Fast and the Furious and has pretty much run through every title permutation, so the inevitable next chapter might be called only "The & The 7."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Efron makes hay with his richest role post-High School Musical, making Dean a rural rake with conflicting charisma.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The humor is an underdog's fantasy, tapping the same vein Murray bled dry with self-important camp counselors and military officers; the less cool they are, the harder they'll fall.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The movie is mostly fun and ultimately disposable, which is a letdown after Pixar's previous greatness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The Conjuring is a throwback to old-school spine tingling, although this movie is less Halloween theme ride and more 1970s post-"Exorcist" terror.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Anything men can do women can do dirtier, funnier, fresher, since distaff raunchiness shows no signs of going stale and isn't contained to Melissa McCarthy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Elysium proves better at social polemics than escapism, a balancing act Blomkamp managed well in District 9, with its allegory of South Africa's apartheid era.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's rare to wish a movie were an hour or two longer, when it already feels an hour longer than it is.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Wan in particular is pacing today's movie horror by reverting to the past. There's a touch of Hammer Films in his haunted house atmospheres, and Roger Corman in his groaning comic relief from the dread.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The movie has its heart and humor in the right place, and there's no "Shame" in that.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    McKay and Ferrell keep the jokes naughty not dirty and flying for shrapnel accuracy; many miss, but when one hits it counts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The most satisfying portions of Saving Mr. Banks occur when the movie adds pinches of salt to the spoonfuls of sugar making this medicine go down.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    For all of its carnal frivolity, The Wolf of Wall Street lacks passion and purpose, qualities Scorsese at his best has in abundance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Conveying a visceral sense of warfare's terror is what Berg chiefly seeks, and on that level Lone Survivor handily succeeds.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's a capable Sunday school lesson with little for anyone to challenge and practically nothing that offends.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Non-Stop mostly works by being aware of what other jet-in-jeopardy flicks have done before, adding a spin here and there. Nothing Hitchcockian but more ambitious than a Neeson action flick needs to be.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    A sequel needs to hit the ground running faster than Divergent does. Find more notes for Woodley's elegantly plain face to express.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Muppets Most Wanted is pleasant enough to recommend as family entertainment. But the movie falls short of what immediately preceded it, musically and emotionally.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Bad Words isn't an entirely auspicious beginning to Bateman's career behind the camera, but a riotous performance suggests what a wonderful louse he can be.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's a heady blend, at times requiring more speechifying than throwaway pop deserves. But it keeps one guessing between ill-staged and frenetically edited fight scenes. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo handle vehicular mayhem better.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Edge of Tomorrow may be the best video game movie ever made. Which is strange since it isn't actually based on a video game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The stories might work better separately as uninterrupted short films. Combined, they lack cohesion but suggest that Coppola has a fine framing eye and ability to guide actors to good work.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    22 Jump Street is a mixed bag of clever spoofery and miscalculated outrageousness. The unveiled homoeroticism of practically all interaction between Jenko and Schmidt is amusing to the point when it isn't.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Robespierre does a nice job of balancing the seriousness of this situation with the no-boundaries irreverence of Donna's comedy background.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It is interesting even when nothing much happens, which is for most of its 3-hour running time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Guardians of the Galaxy is fun but forgettable, or perhaps Gunn crams so much onto the screen that memory is crowded out. Definitely worth a second look, just to figure out what in the name of Buckaroo Banzai is going on.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Taylor's movie is overly episodic, but a number of those episodes are marvelous.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Despite its unsavory aspects, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is always a pleasure to observe, so artfully artificial with its green-screened backdrops and CGI props.

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