Steve Persall

Steve Persall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Steve Persall's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 97% Chicken Run (2000) "Chickens are inherently funny, like nature's idea of a very practical joke. Park and Lord have just improved the old rubber chicken gag, making it movable, turning it into something closer to who we are and what we know as humans. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 29, 2015
C 61% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "A fun idea gets a little too big for its g-strings with Magic Mike XXL, a movie that really needs to shut up and dance. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 29, 2015
A- 93% Spider-Man 2 (2004) "Spider-Man 2 ranks alongside Superman II and both X-Men films as the best screen adaptations of comic book heroes, a status that, as we've seen through the years, isn't as easy to master as it sounds. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 29, 2015
B 82% Me & Earl & the Dying Girl (2015) "This is among the funnier entries in the cancer-kid genre, flawed yet affable, with no fault in its dweebly charismatic stars. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
A- 48% Ted 2 (2015) "Ted 2 isn't cinematically special; the plot structure and shot framing is identical to MacFarlane's animated TV shows. But my god, is it funny. Trashy, nasty as it wants to be funny. Wake up the next day still giggling funny. Yes, that funny. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
B- 93% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) "When camera operators are moving around a set more than the actors, it may be time to scale back a bit. Fortunately, Bourne finds some sort of violent pick-me-up at each stop on his worldwide vengeance tour. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 23, 2015
B 50% Tomorrowland (2015) " Tomorrowland is co-written with Bird by Damon Lindehof, tapping a similar dimension-bending beat as his TV hit Lost. Like that puzzler, Tomorrowland's plot leads viewers down a few too many rabbit holes without carrots to show for it. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
B 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Mad Max: Fury Road is a relentless marvel of sense-pummeling stunts and gargoyle horror that needs to take a breather once in a while. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
B- 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "The first movie was a sweet, simple song. This one is a gaudy production number. Both entertain, only one endears. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
D 19% Aloha (2015) "Suddenly Adam Sandler's working vacations in Hawaii look a bit better. Island natives shouldn't be upset over being excluded from Crowe's movie; they should be mad because they're in it. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
C 31% Entourage (2015) "Something is really wrong when (Haley Joel) Osment turns in the best performance in any movie these days. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
B 50% San Andreas (2015) "If you're caught in a movie between a rock and a hard place, choose the Rock every time. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
B+ 71% Jurassic World (2015) " Flashes of Harrison Ford's rakish charm aside, Pratt often presents himself like a toy action figure with fewer hinged joints and one expression, stiffly posed with heavy artillery. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
B+ 89% Dope (2015) "Whatever definition of "dope" you prefer, it applies to Rick Famuyiwa's movie. Dope is a drug caper involving teenagers doing stupid things for the geeks they are, the kind John Hughes might have written if he allowed black people in his movies. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
A 98% Inside Out (2015) "Inside Out is the animation leaders' most ambitiously original project since Up... ranks among their finest, certainly the most intellectually challenging in the way it makes abstracts relatable to anyone, young and old. It thinks, therefore it is. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
A 90% District 9 (2009) "District 9 grabs viewers from first frame to last, not only with viscera but genuine intelligence that's rare in any genre these days. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 17, 2015
93% Jurassic Park (1993) "We ask for two things from big-budget thrillers like this: Make us believe and make us jump. Jurassic Park delivers on both counts. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 10, 2015
A- 94% Iron Man (2008) "Director Jon Favreau builds a sturdy foundation for a franchise, an origins story that isn't as familiar as Batman's or Spider-Man's and unburdened by the angst of murdered relatives and messianic guilt. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 9, 2015
B 88% Shrek (2001) "The best jokes in Shrek spoof Disney tradition; the villain's lair looks suspiciously like a certain theme park's Main Street USA, and a bluebird of happiness explodes during a sugary crescendo. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 9, 2015
F 3% Battlefield Earth (2000) "The plot is jumbled and poorly edited, the dialogue laughable, and special effects seldom appear so common. A performance by John Travolta in which he abandons everything that ever made him cool is the rotten cherry on top. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 3, 2015
A 89% Love & Mercy (2015) "Dano and Cusack each deliver superb performances in different ways. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 2, 2015
C 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "Poor Adaline Bowman, sentenced to an eternity of looking like Blake Lively thanks to scientific hoo-hah that won't be discovered until 2035, Adaline never ages. Her movie gets old quickly. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 7, 2015
B+ 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "... a comic book movie frequently begging to actually be a comic book, with panels allowing readers to pause and pour over fantastic detail that Whedon whizzes by... battle-rattling our senses from start to anticlimactic finish. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 7, 2015
B 43% The D Train (2015) "Black's performance is the key to making The D-Train more than just another sophomoric bromance. The wild-eyed mania is still evident, but channeled through a filter of pity. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 7, 2015
D 8% Hot Pursuit (2015) "'Hot Pursuit' in a nutshell: "You got salsa in mah grits!" "You got greets in my salsa!" And, scene. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 7, 2015
11% The Cobbler (2015) "Adam Sandler stars in a watchable movie so, yes, there's a miracle involved. Sandler tamps down the moron act to play Max Simkin, a Bronx cobbler with a magical stitching machine that enables him to transform into his customers by slipping on their shoes. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
B- 17% The Gunman (2015) "Now that Liam Neeson's stint as an AARP action hero seems to have Run All Night into the ground, you won't believe who's buff, sweaty and ready to take over. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
C 85% Cinderella (2015) "After dehydrating the pulpy fun from a Marvel superhero and Tom Clancy spies, you can imagine how Branagh mishandles Cinderella, reverent and corny when a touch of mockery wouldn't hurt. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
B 30% Insurgent (2015) "Armed with divergent skills and a freshly self-inflicted, no-fuss hairdo, Tris Prior is feeling Insurgent, and we're down with that. This franchise is one of the more entertaining examples of three popular books stretched to four movies when two would do. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
B+ 77% Danny Collins (2015) "Scent of a Woman with sight. Playing the last hoo-rah of a fading '70s rock star, Pacino burns the screen as he hasn't in years, not like a flamethrower but the softer heat of a lighter lifted at a concert. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
A 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "This is a story to make blood boil and change demanded. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
D 29% Get Hard (2015) "...an increasingly unpleasant comedy, wasting two very funny stars in a barrage of prison rape gags, lazy stereotypes, toilet stall indignities and insincere acceptance of people already marginalized in movies. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
C 46% Home (2015) "Home is where my heart wasn't, at a screening where even children didn't seem excited to be. The father snoring next to me had the right idea at the wrong volume. Hiding a catnap behind 3-D glasses only works if you don't give yourself away. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
B+ 96% It Follows (2015) "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. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
A 81% Furious 7 (2015) "Furious 7 is exactly what most popular movies are today: behemoth amusement rides adding more preposterous loop-de-loops with each sequel because nothing succeeds like excess. No brand does that better than the Fast & Furious franchise. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
B 92% Children of Men (2006) "Children of Men is a thoughtful shoot-'em-up adventure, and a good one. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Mar 31, 2015
A- 95% Star Trek (2009) "Abrams' movie inspires me to boldly go where I never thought I would: back for seconds. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Mar 17, 2015
C- 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "This is a movie built upon mistaken identity, preposterous misunderstandings and misplaced jealousy - the foundations of sitcom plotting. On the plus side, it's Maggie Smith doling out Estelle Getty's lines with Downton drollness. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
C- 31% Chappie (2015) "Another M. Night Shyamalan is the last thing we need, and the first thing coming to mind as Neill Blomkamp's career continues with Chappie. It doesn't take a sixth sense to detect a similar flameout in progress. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
A 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) "Of all 2004's films, Million Dollar Baby is the one most likely to be cherished and revisited. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 27, 2015
B 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Watching Kingsman: The Secret Service made me think of Casino Royale. Both of them. The silly first one with David Niven playing 007, and Daniel Craig's rebooted, bare-knuckle Bond. One spy romp nothing like the other, nor a particularly good match. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 27, 2015
B- 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "... isn't nearly as terrible as E.L. James' novel would make you expect. There's perverted, like the sado-masochistic sex games played by tycoon Christian Grey, and then there's perverse, like the pleasure of watching trash so glossily compacted. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 27, 2015
B 56% Focus (2015) "Focus is a movie about con artists that itself is a complete con. It swivels logic and loyalties when necessary, borrows from better cinema scams like The Sting, and plays everyone for suckers. Focus is also a decent amount of fun. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 27, 2015
B+ 98% The Hurt Locker (2009) "The Hurt Locker becomes like many wars; a nerve-wracking experience without solid answers for the core question of why we're there. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 25, 2015
A 76% Gladiator (2000) "Gladiator has the distinction of being both timely and nostalgic. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 25, 2015
B+ 75% Crash (2004) "Crash is a movie with problems, but those simply make Haggis' vision, his clear reflection of us, so powerful. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 23, 2015
A+ 88% American Beauty (1999) "Mendes loves his performers, framing their big moments with suburban metaphors and dizzily poetic fantasies. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 22, 2015
A 92% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) "Many films tell stories of underdogs, unrequited love and such, yet Slumdog Millionaire feels breathtakingly fresh, at times inexplicably so. Viewers are lucky, blessed or preordained to discover at least one movie like this in a lifetime. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 22, 2015
C+ 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "There are rat-faced or bat-winged minions for cosplay geeks, and Tatum shirtless much longer than necessary for Magic Mike fans. Jupiter Ascending has something for everyone and nobody at the same time. Could be worse. Could be Cloud Atlas. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 6, 2015
A- 73% American Sniper (2015) "Eastwood is less concerned with action heroism than the consequences of deadly action, how it chips away at the living. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
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