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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
A- 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) "... funnier than Zootopia and fresher than Finding Dory. Bonus points for a genuinely touching finale that had me crying behind my 3-D glasses. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 13, 2016
B+ 68% The Infiltrator (2016) "...an evocative crime drama, anchored by Cranston's gift for playing internal conflict with wordless expression and that deep, clinched voice... a screenplay riddled with conformity to other undercover movies. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 13, 2016
B- 73% Ghostbusters (2016) "Ghostbusters is back, it's not bad, get used to it. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 13, 2016
B+ 77% The Shallows (2016) "Filmed like the sexiest dolphin alive, Blake Lively is shark bait in The Shallows, an efficiently preposterous thriller. The predator may not be hungry; he just wants a closer look. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 5, 2016
B- 73% The BFG (2016) "The BFG is like hearing grandpa tell an okay bedtime story, punctuated with an underarm fart. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 5, 2016
C- 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) "Him Tarzan, me disappointed. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 5, 2016
D 51% The Neon Demon (2016) "All steaming piles of self-indulgent claptrap should look this good. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 22, 2016
B 68% Central Intelligence (2016) "Watch how Hart and Johnson complete each other's performance, one generously toning down so his less comically experienced teammate loosens up. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 17, 2016
C+ 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) "Wan is gradually remaking cliches of the cliches he resurrected to make two franchises possible. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 15, 2016
B 94% Finding Dory (2016) "Finding Dory can't be faulted for much except it isn't Finding Nemo. No shame in that, just sadness. Thirteen years ago a movie broke ground now stomped flat by an animation stampede... Greatness deserves better. How soon we forget. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 15, 2016
A 96% Weiner (2016) ""Why have you let me film this?" a voice behind the camera asks disgraced politician Anthony Weiner, who for a change can't spin an answer. It's a question the jaw-dropping documentary Weiner raises repeatedly. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 15, 2016
D 33% Now You See Me 2 (2016) "Now You See Me was like watching Penn and Teller embrace and expose the illusionary arts. The sequel is an America's Got Talent washout waving a cape. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 13, 2016
C+ 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) "Despite epic intentions, X-Men: Apocalypse reveals a franchise running in place, its levitation twist on destruction - things fall up rather than down - now a tired visual cliche. It feels like a finale no one has the courage to admit. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 1, 2016
B 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) "... there isn't a single scene in Popstar bogged down with the improvisational filler of any Seth Rogen comedy out there. These Lonely Island guys don't coast. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 1, 2016
A- 97% Sing Street (2016) "John Carney's love affair with pop music is one of indie cinema's pleasures, blending a busker's spirit with lovely songs presented in stirring dramatic context. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 19, 2016
B 84% The Meddler (2016) "Marnie is compulsively maternal, oblivious to all boundaries her adult daughter tries to set. She's a character capable of launching a thousand sitcom episodes that Susan Sarandon raises to a richer level. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 19, 2016
D 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) "The Angry Birds Movie is exactly what one expects from a movie based on a video gaming app, and so much less. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 19, 2016
B- 91% The Nice Guys (2016) "Until going off the rails, The Nice Guys is a locomotive breath of retro air, an action comedy winking while wallowing in slapstick brutality. Punchlines that are actual punches, bones broken funny, that sort of thing. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 19, 2016
C 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) "Remember the sweet, conciliatory way Neighbors ended two years ago? Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising doesn't, the first sign of a sequel lunging for reasons to exist. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 19, 2016
A- 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "This movie feels like the fanboy event we've been sold before that wasn't delivered, epically constructed and briskly paced. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted May 6, 2016
B- 78% Keanu (2016) "Keanu is raucous enough to satisfy the Hangover crowd, yet when compared to Key and Peele's trenchant tomfoolery on television, it needs focused anger, funnier tension. Or perhaps simply more kitty cat. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 29, 2016
B+ 91% Green Room (2016) "A lot of movies get under your skin; Green Room carves it off the bone. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 29, 2016
90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) "Ice Cube's life leading to this project - partly defined by the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton - lends invaluable credibility to this movie's many messages, about violence, respecting women, parenting and accountability. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
B+ 94% The Jungle Book (2016) "After two outdated live action and one beloved animated versions, director Jon Favreau crafts a marvelous hybrid, practically a one-boy show with CGI animal-ated realism. This Jungle Book on screen may look exactly as Kipling imagined. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
B+ 83% Midnight Special (2016) "Jeff Nichols fashions three-quarters of a terrific movie with Midnight Special, a slow burn science fiction thriller. The rest is merely gripping, which isn't a bad problem to have. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
B+ 53% Demolition (2016) "Demolition could easily be maudlin, some urban Nicholas Sparks-type weeper in which ideas run out before tissues. But this is VallĂ©e, whose dexterity with downbeat material is edgier... daring the audience to cry at tragedy, rather than expecting it. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
A- 87% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) "... as playfully raunchy as any sex comedy doubling down on exclamation points can be. Like its kindred predecessor, it's also wise about basically good people being dazed and very confused. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
C+ 22% The Boss (2016) "The Boss feels like a fun character gradually wasted, setting up a safe but smart premise, making it zing, then dropping it for a floundering third act development. Quitting while ahead might be wiser but that would leave a 70-minute movie. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
C- 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) "Sometimes a movie has its heart in the right place, and it's nowhere you want to be. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is like that, wheezing to please whoever's still alive and interested 14 years after the original. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016
C 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was supposed to settle a fanboy debate older than Adam West. Instead it raises another: Is being a superhero really this much of a drag? " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016
B+ 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) "... gets into our heads because that's where the scariest stuff happens... It's Room without motherly instinct shielding her son and the audience from bad things happening. Yet much funnier, in a nervous sort of way. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Mar 18, 2016
B 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is much more than groin humor. There's a M*A*S*H-like insolence about these overgrown children at work and play, a boundary-nudging tenor that directors Ficarra and Requa, who wrote Bad Santa, are clearly comfortable with. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Mar 18, 2016
B- 33% The Bronze (2016) "It's a very funny character needing more arc than Rauch's script offers, or a shorter movie. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Mar 18, 2016
D 13% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) "Allegiant is more and less at once; larger, exposing its green-screen inadequacies, and darker, making this a 2-hour slog to inconclusion... It's fair to wonder how much interest will remain in June, 2017. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Mar 18, 2016
B- 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) "Eddie the Eagle is a lot like its subject, an ungainly Englishman, Britain's first Olympic ski jumper. Like this movie, Edwards wasn't especially good at what he was doing but his spirit was irresistible, a joke insisting upon being taken seriously. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 25, 2016
D+ 54% Triple 9 (2016) "It's a problem when every move a movie makes is a reminder of movies that everyone should have walked out of before. Not that Triple 9 is as incompetently macho-empty as Killing Me Softly or Out of the Furnace, but it's close. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 25, 2016
A- 91% The Witch (2016) "Robert Eggers' The Witch is a reminder that horror's essence is patience that moviegoers are trained to not have. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 22, 2016
C+ 61% Race (2016) "Race has the tools necessary for greatness and not enough heart to make it happen. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 22, 2016
C 79% 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 84% Deadpool (2016) "Deadpool's flawed insolence is appealing, like a mangy pup crawling into your lap. " ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
B- 49% 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 85% 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- 86% 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 61% 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 61% 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 32% 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+ 68% 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
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