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
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+ 75% 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 7% 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- 16% 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 84% 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 31% 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+ 79% 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 47% 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- 30% 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
D 38% Black or White (2015) " The title suggests a choice Mike Binder's movie will make for you, stacking the deck with half the cards.... contains all the racial insight of a Madea farce. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
A 91% The Departed (2006) "Scorsese may not wish to be known only as a crime dramatist, but when it's something nobody else has ever done as well, why complain? " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 25, 2015
B 51% Unbroken (2014) "Unbroken isn't much that we haven't seen in sports, wartime survival and defiance movies, but never happening to the same person. Even Steven Spielberg couldn't keep it wieldy. Jolie makes it. We'll take it. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
72% Big Eyes (2014) "Big Eyes is an entertaining take on a pop culture footnote, short on the bizarre flourishes Burton typically employs.... Big Eyes is sweet and, dare we say it, kind of normal. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
C+ 46% The Gambler (2014) "James Toback laid his cards on the table with 1974's quasi-autobiographical The Gambler, drawing on personal experience with a soul-killing gambling habit. Maybe he still owes money, the only logical explanation for the remake he approved. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
B- 27% Annie (2014) "Wallis is up to the task, radiating charm without pushing it. Beasts wasn't a fluke; the camera loves this kid. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
A 99% Selma (2015) "No movie in memory feels as necessary as Selma, while the history it portrays is echoed by current events. When the value of black lives is asserted in the streets by marchers of all colors, spurred by wrongs to be righted, indignities to overcome. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
C+ 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) "The transparent eagerness of this movie to break hearts, through means not entirely justifying that end, always pulled me back, as it did with Love Story 40 years ago. Not buying into a stacked emotional deck means never having to say you're sorry. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 6, 2015
B 90% Obvious Child (2014) "Robespierre does a nice job of balancing the seriousness of this situation with the no-boundaries irreverence of Donna's comedy background. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
B- 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "... a rather ordinary biography of an extraordinary life, less inquisitive and ready to test boundaries than the brilliant mind it portrays.... The strength is a graceful performance by Eddie Redmayne as Hawking, in the the mix through awards season. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
C 89% The Drop (2014) "The movie looks like every other cynical slice of lowlife from The Friends of Eddie Coyle to Killing Me Softly. At least the puppy is convincing. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
A 100% Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014) "Campbell's long goodbye to music and memory is astonishing... part of a farewell tour forced by Alzheimer's and each second was dramatic, swelling hearts with missed lyrics and cruelly perfect guitar licks, one thing he hadn't forgotten how to do. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
B 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) "Edge of Tomorrow may be the best video game movie ever made. Which is strange since it isn't actually based on a video game. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
B+ 90% Wild (2014) "Witherspoon fully commits to Cheryl's pitiable ways and degrading herself to play them, stripped bare physically and emotionally. The Oscar winner has never been better. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
A- 85% Under the Skin (2014) "Under the Skin is exactly where it gets. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
A 97% Life Itself (2014) "This movie is a bounty for film buffs. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
A 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) "Herbert's tale is twisted into a barely recognizable rush of pretentions made entertaining by Jodorowsky's glee in describing them. At age 85 he remains a madman with immense personality. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 4, 2015
A- 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "From sets and costumes to Alexandre Desplat's musical score, The Imitation Game is everything classy that Hollywood wishes it could be. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 4, 2015
B 98% Boyhood (2014) "It is interesting even when nothing much happens, which is for most of its 3-hour running time. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 2, 2015
A 86% Top Five (2014) "Top Five is the funniest movie I've seen this year, and the calendar's running out. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Dec 15, 2014
B 85% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is both an apology for soiling American cinema and surrender to the mass appeal that allowed it to happen. It's a bold experiment, yet only occasionally a great movie. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Dec 14, 2014
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