Steve Persall

Steve Persall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Tampa Bay Times
Critics' Group:
Florida Film Critics Circle, Southeastern Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
473

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
C- 11% No Good Deed (2014) " Not a single woman does what sensible women would, until the last two minutes when happy ending violence is all that's left to do." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 12, 2014
B 72% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) " Even in strained moments, there is a sincerity to Dolphin Tale 2, an ambition to be more than an easy sequel, making it satisfying." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 10, 2014
96% Ratatouille (2007) " Ratatouille isn't a bad movie, just one that doesn't do enough of what it does well." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 24, 2014
88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " Inglourious Basterds will be loved and hated, sometimes in the same scene, eventually leading to at least grudging admiration." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 23, 2014
C 69% What If (2014) " Advance buzz about this rom-com is that it would subvert the genre, which couldn't be further from the truth. It simply reassigns the cliches to trendier personalities. It is a tired rom-com in boutique clothing. 'Girls' with far less dangerous boys." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
C+ 89% Calvary (2014) " Calvary becomes a lurid Agatha Christie yarn with something important to say about the church and Ireland that McDonagh can't fully articulate. Pulp keeps getting in the way." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
C+ 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " The food looks delicious in The Hundred-Foot Journey, but Lasse Hallstrom's movie mostly serves corn." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
C+ 49% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " The magic is solely in the title, of a movie that is merely an elegant trifle, and the disappointment we're accustomed to expect now and then from the prolific Allen." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
C- 7% Are You Here (2014) " This is one of those semi-serious projects comedians occasionally step into, wanting to stretch and winding up straining." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
46% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Always a pleasure to observe, despite its unsavory aspects, so artfully artificial... Style is no problem. A reason for this movie besides it is a mystery." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
94% The Dark Knight (2008) " Declaring Christopher Nolan's Batman movie to be the best-ever comic book adaptation or one of the top action flicks of all time understates what he accomplishes." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 20, 2014
B 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " 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." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
B 78% Get On Up (2014) " No other performance this year slapped a smile on my face so quickly. If only director Taylor hadn't constructed a movie as mercurial as its subject. For all the talk here about grooves, the movie has a tough time finding one." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
C 18% Sex Tape (2014) " Dirty minded yet wholesomely executed, like a 6-year-old retelling a smutty joke he doesn't understand." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
C 66% Lucy (2014) " Lucy would be fine without the pseudo-intellectualism, just Scarlett Johansson doing her faster pussycat thing with guns, knives and stunt doubles." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
B+ 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " The pacing of A Most Wanted Man, a movie without any real dramatic crescendos, can get tedious without complete attention that the movie earns." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
B+ —— Begin Again " Begin Again begins like a lot of movies about musicians, but because it comes from John Carney, it isn't ordinary for long." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 9, 2014
C 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Even the heartiest Transformers nerd must admit that Michael Bay took his mecha-fetish too far this time." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 9, 2014
A 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " There's no more apt image for America's gun culture than a crazed chimp on horseback double clutching automatic weapons." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 9, 2014
D 24% Tammy (2014) " This summer's hands-down disappointment is Tammy, a mistake we should've seen coming. Looking back at the clues, it was right under our noses." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 3, 2014
B+ 24% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " What happens in Vegas happens a lot in movies. Think Like a Man Too goes to the same casinos, strip clubs and pleasure pools with a fistful of jokers and an ace up its sleeve, the irrepressible Kevin Hart." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 18, 2014
B 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " The beauty of the Jump Street franchise is its inherent reasons to be lousy, that everyone involved brazenly embraces. Seldom does any movie series so freely and hilariously point out what a bad idea it seems to be." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 18, 2014
B+ 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " It isn't important how many dragons DeBlois crams into a movie. It's how many figurative dragons, breathing sameness into animation, he'll continue to slay." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 18, 2014
C+ 66% The Rover (2014) " The Rover fascinates and frustrates in equal measure, with Michod withholding details of plot and character so thoroughly that a nihilistic fog sets in." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 18, 2014
C- 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Saddles that should blaze in A Million Ways to Die in the West only spit-sizzle, so Mel Brooks is still king, and it's good to be that." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 30, 2014
B- 48% Maleficent (2014) " For all the pixie dust and dragon fire in Maleficent, the most special effect throughout is Angelina Jolie, radiating imperious authority over a disorderly movie." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 30, 2014
C 73% Godzilla (2014) " Sure, there's something to be said for teasing an audience... ratcheting up anticipation of what's eventually to come. But at some juncture - much earlier than director Gareth Edwards intends - Godzilla needs to stop being an extra in his own movie." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 28, 2014
C- 13% Blended (2014) " Adam Sandler's latest paid vacation (with back-end points) is Blended, a comedy with fewer surprises than a Hooters menu." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 28, 2014
B+ 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " ... does have fits of ponderousness, taking itself too seriously, especially when the two Charleses meet and morals of everyone's stories are poetically expressed. Being the smartest superheroes on the block being busted occasionally has a downside." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 21, 2014
B+ 73% Neighbors (2014) " Neighbors just misses making the frat flick honor roll, an exclusive list considering how few great comedies are made about high, horny college kids. Actually, there's National Lampoon's Animal House and that's about it. Short list; tough to crack." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 8, 2014
B+ 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " There is still Spider-Man's personal turmoil, crises of romance and loyalty, that Webb occasionally holds a few beats too long. Yet the performances ring true, with arresting chemistry where it counts." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 1, 2014
C 19% Transcendence (2014) " Transcendence is a movie without villains, thrills or, after Nolan fanboys show up, much of an audience." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 29, 2014
B+ 46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Heaven Is for Real works in mysterious ways for a faith-based movie. It actually leaves room for doubt, in a genre founded on Christian absolutes. Tears aren't jerked; Bibles aren't thumped. Believing gets easier." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 29, 2014
B- 62% Draft Day (2014) " Like the marginally more entertaining Moneyball, Draft Day is less about the game than the front office and an executive in crisis mode." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 11, 2014
B+ 48% Rio 2 (2014) " Like its peppy predecessor, Rio 2 doesn't look or sound like other animated licenses to print money. That alone is reason enough to appreciate it." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 11, 2014
A 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Farcical pleasures are plentiful in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, set in an eastern European republic steeped in Marxism. Groucho, not Karl." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 1, 2014
A- 77% Noah (2014) " Darren Aronofsky's Noah, like the good book it springs from, is wide open to interpretation. Bold yet reverent, his head-trip take on the biblical legend is bound to confound literalists wondering what in the name of Cecil B. DeMille is going on." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 1, 2014
B 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The Winter Soldier features an unusually complex plot for a comic book flick, and a where-to-go-from-here conclusion bating fanboys' breath. Not everything's clockwork but ambition counts for something." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 1, 2014
B 65% Bad Words (2014) " Contributing to the delinquency of minors is a comedy tradition older than W.C. Fields, and dependable as a fart to get laughs. Jason Bateman is smart to go there with his directing debut." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
B 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " We're now two movies into the second generation of Muppet films and it's feeling a lot like the first. A marvelous introduction, then a formulaic series of adventures, each a little less wondrous than before." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
B 41% Divergent (2014) " "The future belongs to those who know where they belong," declares the icy villain of Divergent, an action fantasy with fewer frills and thrills than Hunger Games but feeling good about that. The movie knows its runner-up place, and capably fills it." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
B 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Mostly there's Neeson doing what he does profitably, glaring and growling through tight spots made to seem less preposterous by his presence. Other action heroes are sprier, more handsome or ripped but these days nobody snaps a neck better." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Mar 11, 2014
A 93% The Past (2013) " With The Past, Farhadi again displays a gift for poking into corners of nondescript lives and discovering unique drama." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
A 89% The Wind Rises (2014) " ...a gorgeous production, even by Miyazaki's standards." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
B 21% Son Of God (2014) " Artistically, Son of God seldom rises above its basic cable roots... But spiritually - what Son of God's audience is really interested in - the movie can hardly be faulted." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
B+ 68% About Last Night (2014) " If this was December, Hart might be in the Oscar mix, he's that good in About Last Night. Explosively good, a comedy nova who won't shut up and never should. Eddie Murphy in 48 Hrs. good, when raw talent meets purpose and the course of movies shifts." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 14, 2014
48% RoboCop (2014) " ...elevated by serious considerations of the ethics of using robots as guardians, playing God and what being human is about. All handled briskly enough to stay out of mayhem's way, but it's nice to actually think during an action flick for a change." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 14, 2014
D 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " It's a movie to make tear ducts shrivel in shame for even thinking of opening up." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 14, 2014
A 95% The LEGO Movie (2014) " The Lego Movie doesn't simply put imagination into practice but celebrates it, makes it integral, in a late development so uncharacteristic for an animated film that it's a wonder unto itself." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
C+ 32% The Monuments Men (2014) " The Monuments Men has all the makings of a rousing World War II caper and no intention of having that much fun." — Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
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