Steve Persall Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Steve Persall

Steve Persall
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
B 96%

Moana (2016)

"We can now agree that Johnson is not only the Sexiest Man Alive but also our strongest, lifting Moana on his character's beefy shoulders, carrying it like other hits before. No movie left behind." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 30, 2016
D 71%

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

"Nocturnal Animals is why they hate us, whoever we are for others to despise... a billboard of cultural decadence, its grotesque nudity and violence polished to an empty, artful sheen. ISIS could use it for recruitment, an example of the infidel enemy" ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 30, 2016

Captain Ron (1992)

"Any movie that features a dramatic actor like Kurt Russell playing straight man to a goofball like Martin Short already is sailing on choppy waters." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 22, 2016
B 89%

Loving (2016)

"Loving is a well-crafted reminder of times that some folks think are returning and why they probably won't." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 15, 2016
A 98%

Moonlight (2016)

"... practically vibrates with authenticity, a sense of unique place and unsure purpose, gliding like a dream from which one doesn't wish to awaken." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 15, 2016
B 71%

Bleed For This (2016)

"Bleed for This is a scrapper, with solid mechanics and a true story that would otherwise be dismissed as too incredible for a movie. " ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 15, 2016
C+ 74%

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

"Not even J.K. Rowling can say abracadabra and make a worthwhile movie franchise appear. The lightning that struck Harry Potter once merely grazes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, turning the sorcerer's mentor into a fantasy apprentice." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 15, 2016
B- 87%

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

"If any filmmaker is ruthless enough to make war truly look like hell, it's Mel Gibson. We saw what he did to Jesus. You can imagine how Gibson cranks the meat grinder with hordes of World War II soldiers, even in tribute to a pacifist." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
B+ 91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"Not since Iron Man has a superhero movie surprised and delighted like Doctor Strange, after eight years of Marvel glut and DC rebuttals in-between." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
A 93%

Arrival (2016)

"One of a handful of movies that have legitimately fooled me; not with an abrupt twist but a dawning awareness of where it's going thematically, how deeply and how distanced from sci-fi as usual." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
C 20%

Inferno (2016)

" Inferno is a series of competent chases and creep-arounds linked by rushed explanations of doomsday theology. Even Hanks appears tired of faking Langdon's incredulity, deducing out loud then hi-yo away to the next tell-tale museum or cathedral." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
D 19%

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

"Woody Allen said of true comedy: If it bends, it's funny. This movie snaps like a twig." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Oct 24, 2016
D 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"Ben Affleck is Agent Double-OCD in The Accountant, an effortlessly dumb thriller barely more entertaining than an audit. Until it's time to pick it apart." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Oct 24, 2016
C 43%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"A title card reading "spoiler alert" at an early juncture of The Girl on the Train would be appreciated. Director Tate Taylor doesn't recognize when trope trumps mystery and the seeing aspect of cinema shows too much." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Oct 10, 2016
B- 63%

Storks (2016)

"Stoller gets into the Warner Bros. spirit and goes for Looney Tunes-style comedy... It's occasional fun, but that's about all, folks." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Oct 3, 2016
B- 63%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"... , the material is right up Burton's dark corridor, surreal and nostalgically scary. This time, Burton's manner is changed, not drastically or consistently but more controlled, making strangeness the story's accessory rather than its purpose." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Oct 3, 2016
B 84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"... a brawny hybrid of technical expertise and real-life tragedy, with neither quality getting shortchanged... That 2010 oil spill was horrible; Deepwater Horizon wants us to also remember the blood spill." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Oct 3, 2016
A 72%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"... a cauterized reminder of antebellum slavery... taking back African-American history while also stripping D.W. Griffith's movie title of its racist singularity. Justice, of a sort." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Oct 3, 2016
B 62%

Snowden (2016)

"Snowden brings out Stone's moderate side, at least in cinematic terms... not as theoretically conspiratorial as JFK, not abrasively operatic like Platoon, and never approaches Natural Born Killers' feverish lack of precision." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 19, 2016
B 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"It should be noted that The Magnificent Seven is more like a very cool two and a half, counting Ethan Hawke's wonderfully named Goodnight Robicheaux, a former Confederate marksman whose PTSD is a brief drag on the action." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 19, 2016
F 35%

Blair Witch (2016)

"Blair Witch is blasphemy, taking in vain the name of a landmark exercise in horror and hype." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 19, 2016
C+ 85%

Sully (2016)

"Remember how CNN ran this story into the ground, as it were? Eastwood does that here, draining whatever suspense that remains in a story for which we know the happy ending." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
B+ 59%

War Dogs (2016)

"War Dogs is cocked with an irreverent pedigree and loaded with the genius teaming of Hill and Teller as high rolling gun runners making up everything as they go." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
C 25%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"Let's cut to the chariot chase. The latest screen version of Ben-Hur would be little more than a condensed miniseries without it, framed for small television screens, with performances to fit." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
B+ 82%

Indignation (2016)

"Lerman projects a unique sensitivity, even when playing someone as callous as Marcus can be. He doesn't have that modern aura some actors bring to period pieces to make them less convincing. " ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 16, 2016
A 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"... a movie with Lone Star swagger matching its dusty characters, scripted by Taylor Sheridan with the arcing tension he took south of the border in last year's thrilling Sicario. " ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 16, 2016
C+ 97%

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"... lovely to behold, if viewers manage to keep their eyes open. It's an animated doozy and drowser at once, an uncomfortable mix of Miyazaki-style imagination and generic dullness. Snooze, and you don't necessarily lose." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 16, 2016
F 4%

Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016)

"... agitprop comedy at its most insane, surpassing even D'Souza's previous screeds. D'Souza grasps at historical straws, stretching them to unflattering conclusions " ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
B 87%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"There's too much exquisite period detail and costuming to attend, so many familiar bootstrap musical beats to hit. Florence Foster Jenkins is too much old-fashioned fun to saddle with ideas. Just sit back and let Meryl screech." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
B 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

"In a dominant era for family-friendly animation, Sausage Party is a bold rebuttal needing more than shock laughs." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
A 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Damon as Jason Bourne is a study in action flick empathy, with a trace of ordinary to make us believe, hey, we could do that." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 2, 2016
C+ 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"Suicide Squad isn't a typical next step in universe building but it's all DC has going for it right now. Ayer's movie will make a lot of money, but in the black hole of comic geekdom he won't make many friends." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Aug 2, 2016
B+ 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"Nothing ingenious about that plot, but Star Trek is always more about characters than the hoops they're jumping through. " ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 25, 2016
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+ 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

" 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+ 78%

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- 75%

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- 35%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"Him Tarzan, me disappointed." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jul 5, 2016
D 56%

The Neon Demon (2016)

"All steaming piles of self-indulgent claptrap should look this good." ‐Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jun 22, 2016
B 70%

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 34%

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
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