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 Incendies
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 608
608 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Garland's original screenplay brims with intelligence, unafraid to let characters speak over our heads. Yet it remains a pulpy delight, due largely to its uniquely mad scientist.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Thanks to Jackson's involvement as a producer, Berg has time and access Berlinger and Sinofsky didn't, allowing expansion of whatever material that's repeated.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    World War Z presents an abundance of relatively plausible action, smart solutions and one useful piece of information: When the zombiepocalypse comes, the undead are flying coach.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Scott briskly blends the high-minded stuff with impressive boo-and-goo sequences, ratcheting tension in tight spots and dark caverns.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    It's gory and gut-wrenching but strangely life-affirming.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Ready to Wear is a comedy - one of Altman's funniest - but it's the humor of humiliation, of the characters and the industry. [23 Dec 1994, p.16]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Redford proves that at 75 he can still choose meaningful projects and deliver them with intelligence.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    There's something fairly malignant in the way Glazer's strange movie holds attention, against the urge to give up and leave. There is no doubting its boundless artistry or pretension, a dangerous position for any movie in today's love-me pop culture to place itself in. Under the Skin is exactly where it gets.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    A feel-good movie in the most positive meaning of that term, thanks to the Motown music and O'Dowd's cheeky charm.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    It's a refreshing change from run-of-the-kill horror. Nothing in Splice feels done merely for the moment -- it's to creep you out later.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Rapace is a magnetic presence in a far-ranging mystery requiring such a solid character to orbit around.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Exhilarating drama, and a triumphant return to glory for both Zemeckis and Washington.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Never has 3-D illusion been used to such pure storytelling effect.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    It's a story languorously told in three chapters, the first two in the late 1980s and the third 15 years later. Each could be a movie unto themselves. Together they prove Cianfrance to be an effectively unobtrusive storyteller, crafting without artifice what book critics would call a page turner.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    As a wisely devised teenage drama, The Spectacular Now treats kids and adults respectfully, even their foolish weaknesses. That respect extends to the audience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    There's much more to the adventure, a deft balance of fantasy and teen angst that never loses its contemporary sense of humor.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Quirky to the brink of exhaustion, the latest from Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a live-action Looney Tune complete with Acme contraptions and wily coyotes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Warrior is a surprising gut punch, a modern-day "Rocky" saga with two mixed martial arts pugs trying to beat, choke and kick the system.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Despite wild deviations in spiritual themes and execution, nothing in Noah approaches sacrilege or surrender, making this an acutely sensible biblical epic. It may simply be too strange for the masses to notice.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Plenty of secrets are uncovered before the fadeout, plus another nugget dropped midway through the end credits that may render nearly everything beforehand to be false. That's the nature of intimacies submerged so long then revealed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    The plot is a piffle but Ozon's presentation is gloriously romantic.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    As a director, Clooney makes his most straightforward movie yet, although it's static at times due to the stage origins of Willimon's material.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Stoker operates in a perpetual state of dread, a sophisticated Southern gothic that starts out confusing and winds up as a perversely humorous coming-of-age yarn.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    They're an entertaining foursome, and Estevez guides them through lovely scenery, clever sight gags and personal confessions with leisurely skill.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    With everything it's doing all over again, The Book of Life often finds fresh ways to do it. That's all it takes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    It Follows has an impressively sustained sense of dread, less explicit gore than measured tension. Mitchell slyly inverts the conventions of dead-meat teenager flicks, although not with wink-wink comedy like the Scream series. This movie is serious about creeping out viewers, and Mitchell is just artistic enough about it to create a minor masterpiece.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    This is how a romantic vampire flick should work.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    X-Men: Days of Future Past effectively passes the torch from one generation of socially segregated mutants to the next.
    • 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.

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