Steve Persall

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For 971 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Persall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The World's End
Lowest review score: 0 The Watch
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 87 out of 971
971 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Joy
    Endings have never been Russell's strong suit. This time the beginning also eluded him, and the middle fell into his lap. Joy leaves a feeling of panicked disappointment, as if phone lines are open and nobody's calling.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    What keeps Daddy's Home watchable is Wahlberg's checkmate machismo, as the intimidating foil necessary for Ferrell's namby-pambyism to register.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Concussion is essentially Erin Brockovich with shoulder pads, a crowd pleaser built upon an issue long ignored.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Fey and Poehler remain game throughout, mustering a bit of besties magic here and there. Sisters flips a tested formula to become the New Coke of comedy, looking familiar and bubbly on the surface, disposable before it's finished.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    The Force Awakens accomplishes its fan base mission, bringing back a modern myth with the torch-passing respect it deserves (plus some crass commercialism it doesn't).
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    The movie has all the propulsion of a trolling motor, traversing long-charted dramatic waters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Room is a startling movie experience, peculiar in setting and profoundly simple. It's a story of love born out of unseen horror, of nurture conquering nature. Room must be felt to be believed.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    Victor Frankenstein is misshapen as the bad doctor's creature itself, straining without wit or viscera to be a devilish horror romp.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Most of the time I was distracted by the superb photorealism of The Good Dinosaur's American Southwest backdrops, wondering how much money Disney would save by just filming the real thing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Ronan is Brooklyn's linchpin, and its saving grace.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Lawrence makes every moments as Katniss count, pouring out mixed feelings through puffy eyes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Steve Persall
    The central mystery has been drastically altered to fit Julia Roberts, its most telling clue diluted, and a signature sequence that made soccer exciting now makes baseball duller.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    The Night Before isn't anything Harold, Kumar or Billy Bob Thornton didn't desecrate before and better.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    Spotlight is a rare movie about the profession — and just enough about people in it — that simply feels right, speaking from the inside.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    The 33 has a disappointing lack of depth for a movie about being trapped 2,400 feet below.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    In an age of digital chaos and deep emotional themes The Peanuts Movie keeps things sweet and simple, perfectly in tune with the qualities Schulz fans adore.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Watching Spectre unfold, lumbering and slumbering, on the heels of a franchise high is a shock, so much talent coasting this time.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Steve Persall
    Our Brand Is Crisis shows flashes of insight cribbed from reality, nibbling the edges of satire without ever taking a big bite.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Rock the Kasbah isn't respectful of truth, or consistently funny in the way it lies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    Danny Boyle's movie is meticulously crafted to artful specifications, written in Aaron Sorkin's torrential style and acted to perfection by a superb ensemble. Yet like Jobs' NeXT Cube in 1988, there's one obvious question that isn't satisfactorily answered: What does it do?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Bridge of Spies is solid work but feels like Spielberg's best intentions as a filmmaker and world conscience on cruise control.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Steve Persall
    Horror is an impatient person's game these days, and Crimson Peak isn't hurried at all. It seduces with creepily erotic atmosphere, and performances in perfect tune with the script's melodrama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    The most gratifying takeaway from He Named Me Malala is how ordinary Malala is shown to be, when she isn't lobbying the United Nations and visiting beleaguered countries.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Persall
    Big Stone Gap isn't everyone's cup of sweet tea. It's a homespun tale populated by broadly drawn characters and solid actors — Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Anthony LaPaglia — sounding like they gulped hush puppy batter.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Steve Persall
    Pan
    Director Joe Wright's movie barely gets off the ground, and gets old quickly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    99 Homes combines the insight of documentary filmmaking with a thriller's urgency, opening our eyes to a complex, real-life tragedy while keeping it entertaining.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Steve Persall
    Ridley Scott's The Martian is a brainy blockbuster, melding genuine science and fiction into a rare popcorn epic that actually makes you feel smarter for watching.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Persall
    Sicario is a tentacled drug cartel thriller grabbing viewers by the throat and squeezing for two hours. This movie continually defies the conventions of its genre, from its hero's gender to the vagueness of its morality.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Steve Persall
    A marvelous technical achievement when the director finally gets around to it.

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