Steve Persall

Steve Persall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% 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
C 48% 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
B 99% Shaun the Sheep (2015) "Aardman's work is immediately recognizable and enjoyable, even in a minor key effort like Shaun the Sheep Movie. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
B- 40% Irrational Man (2015) "Not at the level of Crimes and Misdemeanors or Match Point but interesting for Allen completists for the style tweaking late in his career. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
C 61% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "As an actor, Meryl Streep is incapable of making false moves. That doesn't mean she's incapable of making false movies. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
B+ 93% The Gift (2015) "...a nastily subtle piece of work leading viewers through a gantlet of insinuations, a mystery spreading in unexpected directions like a blood pool. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
B+ 89% The Simpsons Movie (2007) "For the faithful, The Simpsons Movie delivers plenty of "woo-hoos," interrupted by only a handful of "d'ohs." " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 2, 2015
C 54% Minions (2015) "Minions is despicable, or maybe it's just me. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
D+ 17% Pixels (2015) "The final hemorrhaging of arcade icons, smeared by light-dulling 3-D glasses, prompted me to jot "jellybean vomit" in my notebook. Let's see Columbia Pictures use that blurb in a Pixels ad. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
B 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Trainwreck is Schumer's funny movie star debut that could've been hilarious, if director Judd Apatow would just say "cut" a bit sooner once in a while. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
C+ 26% Vacation (2015) "a Gen X comedy franchise rebooted exactly how audiences can expect in 2015, bawdier and less likable than whatever classic inspires it. The Griswolds may return but I'm not sure I'd follow them to Europe and Vegas, or spend Christmas at their place. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
B+ 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "Anyone can be in a movie; only a few like Cruise are the movies. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
A 99% Finding Nemo (2003) "Finding Nemo is a wonderment, certainly not human, yet humorously humane. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 29, 2015
B 60% Southpaw (2015) "Southpaw is a terrific boxing movie, with choreographed violence emphasizing the sport's speed rather than its poetry in slow motion. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 24, 2015
C 44% Daredevil (2003) "The ghostly sonar effects showing how Matt "sees" through sound are interesting, and Farrell's mad dog performance is fun. But overall Daredevil is nothing to marvel about. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 14, 2015
A- 86% X2: X-Men United (2003) "X2 is an interesting fantasy, always aware of its need to remain that way. Considering today's Hollywood, that may be its most amazing power of all. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 14, 2015
B- 79% Ant-Man (2015) "Never thought I'd type this about a comic book movie, but Ant-Man needs to take itself more seriously. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 14, 2015
B 89% Spider-Man (2002) "All of the pieces are in place for a successful franchise. Tobey Maguire is a perfect choice to play Peter in his mild-mannered moments and puppy-love interludes. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 7, 2015
A 97% Amy (2015) "Like Kurt Cobain's doc, the movie's foundation is video of unflattering behavior filmed by, or with the consent of, the subject, another by-product of video narcissism; what is fun can later be evidence, or for these doomed musicians, an epitaph. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 7, 2015
B- 82% The Overnight (2015) "Brice's screenplay is peppered with hip-speak double entendres that become singles when Schwartzman oozes them. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
B+ 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) "Drag Me to Hell is a lark fitting snugly between the Saw flicks and silliness like Shaun of the Dead, making the gasps and laughter feel like something earned through ingenuity. Welcome back, Mr. Raimi. We've been lurking for you. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 30, 2015
C 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Don't worry about brushing up on Terminator mythology before seeing the latest sequel. There's a helpful prologue in Terminator Genisys explaining everything that happened since 1984, and a movie after that making much of it useless. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 30, 2015
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 65% 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 and Earl and 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- 45% 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- 67% 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 32% 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+ 88% 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 90% 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 44% 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
9% 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
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