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Steve Persall

Steve Persall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 76% Where to Invade Next (2016) "Where to Invade Next is arguable at every turn, which can be said of all of Moore's movies, but this one doesn't seem worth the effort. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
B 83% Deadpool (2016) "Deadpool's flawed insolence is appealing, like a mangy pup crawling into your lap. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
B- 50% How To Be Single (2016) "Valentine's Day begs for a dirty rom-com and this fits the bill, with its quotable flirtspeak, sexual euphemisms, and a mic-drop breakup line... How to Be Single contains just enough of such clever moments to be a decent indecent date flick. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
C 80% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "The big book of Coen characters must be stuffed with ideas, paper scraps jotted with traits and scrapes for the next Dude, Barton or Marge to get into. Hail, Caesar! is what happens when that book is dumped open, contents fluttering into randomness. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
A 92% Anomalisa (2015) "... another odd, affecting scenario by Kaufman, the brain salad surgeon who previously took viewers inside John Malkovich's head and Jim Carrey's spotless mind. Anomalisa is Kaufman at his most strangely mundane. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 27, 2016
A- 80% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) "A singular look, an exemplary vocal cast, and a narrative arc like a caress. That'll be the Kung Fu Panda franchise's legacy, the idea that shouldn't have worked but did, beautifully and with its own chi. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 27, 2016
C- 60% Sisters (2015) "Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are an unbeatable comedy team. That doesn't make them infallible. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 12, 2016
B 62% Concussion (2015) "Concussion is essentially Erin Brockovich with shoulder pads, a crowd pleaser built upon an issue long ignored. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 12, 2016
C 60% Joy (2015) "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. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 12, 2016
C 31% Daddy's Home (2015) "What keeps Daddy's Home watchable is Wahlberg's checkmate machismo, as the intimidating foil necessary for Ferrell's namby-pambyism to register. It's like watching Andy Samberg's SNL impersonation of tough guy Mark Wahlberg, a self-parody of a spoof. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 12, 2016
B 73% Youth (2015) "Youth is a movie of dreamscapes and insinuated feelings, gorgeous and puzzling at once. The filmmaker can be considered a visual descendant of Federico Fellini, camera doting on erotically tinged fantasies. Even the grotesque is somehow sexy. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 12, 2016
B+ 70% The Danish Girl (2015) "Redmayne is uncanny in his dual role, especially in those moments between his gender extremes, when Einar is curious about women, what they wear, how they move. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 12, 2016
D 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "... sub-grindhouse material blown out of proportion by its creator's ego. For the first time, the complaints of others are clearer; the excesses, the nasty streak.... you realize a previously essential filmmaker won't always be that. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 12, 2016
A 82% The Revenant (2015) "... an action blockbuster with an art house soul, a headlong rush of motion with meaning. Pure cinema from Iñárritu and Lubezki, two undisputed masters working at their peaks. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 12, 2016
B+ 93% Carol (2015) "Haynes designs a perfectly nostaglic sensory experience - something like a Manhattan department store window - needing a suppler story to sell. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 12, 2016
A- 71% He Named Me Malala (2015) "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. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Dec 30, 2015
A- 96% Room (2015) "It is a deeply intimate introduction to sordid, extraordinary circumstances, and a cramped stage for two of the year's finest performances. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Dec 30, 2015
C 88% The Big Short (2015) "The humor of The Big Short is subprime, fourth-wall-breaking irony getting tiresome quickly. The crash was funnier. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Dec 23, 2015
B+ 98% Brooklyn (2015) "... a lovely, classically constructed reminder of our best melting pot instincts. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 24, 2015
B 77% The Good Dinosaur (2015) "The Good Dinosaur is Disney-Pixar's obligation gift for the holidays, hoping moviegoers remember it's the thought that counts. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 24, 2015
B+ 94% Creed (2015) "... easily Stallone's career-best performance, although honestly the bar was never set that high. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 24, 2015
A- 78% Bad Santa (2003) "Thornton never backs down from anything the writers throw at him. Bad Santa takes everything beyond tasteful limits. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 23, 2015
C- 67% The Night Before (2015) "Rogen, Gordon-Levitt and Mackie don't declare war on Christmas; it's more like triangulated fire from Super Soakers, basically harmless and soon annoying. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
D 42% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) "... Americanized beyond recognition from its Oscar-winning version. 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. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
B+ 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "... a series doing little like any others, stretching theme limitations that blockbusters placed on themselves. By design or necessity, Hunger Games movies concentrate on story more than spectacle, allowing a savage antiwar allegory to ring through. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
A 96% Spotlight (2015) "... like All the President's Men there's nothing to spoil, much to admire. And, like Pakula's movie, Spotlight will likely figure into journalism school syllabi for as long as anyone enrolls. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 17, 2015
A- 66% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) "George Lucas puts away childish things and gets down to business with Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the movie Jedi disciples waited 16 years to see and got Episode I instead. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 16, 2015
A- 79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) "Lucas saved the best of his arguably needless prequels for last, finally justifying an entertainment empire and cementing a myth. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 16, 2015
A- 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "The Peanuts Movie is certain to satisfy longtime fans and perhaps make new ones, but who knows? Innocence is a tough sell these days. Happiness is the occasional movie that tries. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
C+ 43% The 33 (2015) "The 33 is a grab bag of emotional proddings linked by a shared disaster... a disappointing lack of depth for a movie about being trapped 2,400 feet below. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
C 33% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "Our Brand Is Crisis shows flashes of insight cribbed from reality, nibbling the edges of satire without ever taking a big bite. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 3, 2015
C- 64% Spectre (2015) " Spectre might pass for parody, except Mendes raised the stakes so high with Skyfall that lowbrow isn't becoming on 007, and might spell his end. Like Sam Smith sings, much too shrill for a James Bond movie: The writing's on the wall. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 3, 2015
B 95% Casino Royale (2006) "Casino Royale mostly succeeds as an introduction to a badder Bond than ever. When Craig's Bond finally dons a tuxedo and checks himself in a mirror, it's like watching Darth Vader first put on the helmet, a neo-iconic sight. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 2, 2015
B+ 58% Die Another Day (2002) "Tamahori senses what Bond fans have been missing. He and Brosnan deliver it with style, both deserving to try another day. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 2, 2015
B+ 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) "If the plot confuses, just sit back and enjoy the thrilling set pieces. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 2, 2015
A 91% 99 Homes (2015) "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. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
C- 26% Pan (2015) "Happy thoughts are hard to conjure while watching Pan, a needless prequel to J.M. Barrie's fantasy about an ever-youthful boy who could fly. Director Joe Wright's movie barely gets off the ground, and gets old quickly. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
A- 92% The Martian (2015) "Scott has again seen the future and this time it is us. Not killer androids or creature hives but humanity, its innovations and drive to succeed in unison, pulling together for common goals. You know. Science fiction. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 30, 2015
78% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) "Stewart didn't build his reputation in a day. But he also didn't walk into The Daily Show doing the same thing Craig Kilborn did before him. Noah can either set himself apart from Stewart's late night legacy, or run it into the ground. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 29, 2015
C 60% The Intern (2015) "... a movie outmoded in style and strangely retro-sexist in spirit. The message seems to be that behind every successful woman is a wiser older man, guiding her decisions while privy to her most personal thoughts. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 29, 2015
A 93% Sicario (2015) "... a tentacled drug cartel thriller grabbing viewers by the throat and squeezing for two hours. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 29, 2015
B 85% The Walk (2015) "Tightrope legend and coincidental movie critic Karl Wallenda famously declared "life is on the wire, the rest is just waiting." Which pretty much sums up Robert Zemeckis' The Walk, a marvelous technical achievement when he finally gets around to it. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 29, 2015
C 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "A Walk in the Woods is a trifle compared to 2014's Wild... But darned if Redford's easy charm and Nolte's gravelly lack of it aren't enticing throughout. Even when drastically lowering their standards they're stars. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 16, 2015
C 75% Black Mass (2015) "Early on, Cooper's movie finds an episodic rhythm and follows it to dramatic cul-de-sacs. Just turn around and head somewhere else, from jai alai frontons in Miami to shipping weapons to the Irish Republican Army. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 16, 2015
B- 72% Everest (2015) "Everest is... dramatized so authentically that a little embellishment would help. Freezing to death isn't very cinematic... essentially a faux documentary with big stars and better lighting. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 16, 2015
D 41% We Are Your Friends (2015) "We Are Your Friends is to electronic dance music DJs what Punchline is to standup comedians, a laughable repre-Zen-tation of what it's like to be them. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 1, 2015
A- 82% Mistress America (2015) "This movie is a pleasure to hear, co-written by director Noah Baumbach and Gerwig, whose modern feminine voice is a wry counterpoint to the blunter feminism of Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 1, 2015
C 43% American Ultra (2015) "... a clumsy mix of courtship and gunpowder, passion and horror leading to a romantically sick-humored conclusion. The end nearly justifies director Nima Nourizadeh's means of getting there. But not quite. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
B- 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "This is not your father's U.N.C.L.E. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 12, 2015
D 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "... undoubtably the dullest Marvel superhero movie in the post-Iron Man era, both in adventure and creative design. Nothing much happens, and it's ugly when it does. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
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