Steve Persall
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For 608 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 8.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Way, Way Back
Lowest review score: 0 End of Watch
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 608
608 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Hysteria is a one-joke movie, but when a joke is told this well, it doesn't matter.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's a movie that grows on you, after grating your nerves while viewing it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Bridesmaids is a bit of a groundbreaker... Not exactly a banner for feminism but equal time is overdue.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Fast Five is brawny dumb fun, nothing more but that's enough.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's a capable Sunday school lesson with little for anyone to challenge and practically nothing that offends.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's a quiet story, without many emotional outbursts and no villains. Parts of Higher Ground are dull, honestly. But the movie always feels honest about its subject.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Anyone of any age can get a kick out of watching penguins slide down the spiraled interior of the Guggenheim Museum, or seeing how one of these flightless birds manages to buck nature.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    This Must Be the Place is a movie existing in a zonked-out realm where reality smashes head-on with a train-wreck hero too strange to be real, unless you're the love child of Ozzy Osbourne and the Cure's Robert Smith.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Lincoln is like a thoroughly researched poli-sci term paper come to life, with interesting personal material about the participants relegated to footnotes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    A movie as fun as it is flawed.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Liman handles the spy stuff with Bourne-again flair, especially the opener when Valerie proves her mettle during an assignment to secure a snitch.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Buckle up for a bumpy ride but one that a road warrior like McQueen would hitch in a heartbeat.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    There's a surprising number of salient, even revolutionary notions about human nature and intelligence throughout, none fully explored but enough to make the running time at least 20 minutes too long.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Kick-Ass is a rabid puppy of a movie, energetically bounding off the screen and into your lap, where it proceeds to chew off your face.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Sure, it's silly without shame, and predictably sentimental. But Zookeeper is the most thoroughly enjoyable movie for the entire family in theaters right now. I can't believe I just typed that about a Kevin James flick with talking animals.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Whatever his motivations or deeds, Gordon Gekko is a classic screen character and Douglas is never better than when playing him.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Penguins of Madagascar is fun while it lasts, and then mostly forgettable except for whatever shake-your-head lunacy sticks.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    In any language with anyone at the helm, Lisbeth is still a killer.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Bran Nue Dae is a strange change from the usual multiplex fare, and that's nearly enough to make it wonderful.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    The movie is like an old vinyl LP; the best cuts are on the first side, there's a bangup finish and a lot of filler material in between.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    It's the nicest Mother's Day gift available at the movies this weekend.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    This is a solid, sincere affirmation of faith and forgiveness. Praise the Lord, and pass the popcorn.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    In spite of its incessant piling on of double-crosses and triple dog dares, Focus is a pleasant change from Academy Award seriousness. It's reassuring to see Smith resurrect the charisma that After Earth stripped away, and nice to see Robbie do anything, anytime.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    For those viewers who've watched Stewart's recent progression in offbeat films like Camp X-Ray and Still Alice — when she held her own opposite Academy Award winner Julianne Moore — it shouldn't be a surprise. Clouds of Sils Maria matches Stewart with another Oscar honoree, Juliette Binoche, with equally impressive results.
    • 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
    It's a familiar, straightforward story, carried from start to finish by Winstead, who makes Kate an interesting study in contradictions.

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