For 1,549 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Adaptation.
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
1,549 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Cantet's masterful study of a white-collar businessman in decline.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Conceptually bold and rapturously beautiful Gerry, a minimalist landscape film that's unlike anything on the American independent scene.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Kaufman strikes just the right balance between playfulness and sincerity, leaping freely from one absurd situation to another before pulling back on the reins.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Virtually every Super Technirama frame of Luchino Visconti's 1963 masterpiece The Leopard could be described as "painterly" in its ornate details and exquisitely balanced color compositions. (Review of DVD Release)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    When a director of Scorsese's caliber is working at the top of his game, it's a reminder of why we go to the movies in the first place.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Zodiac is the rare serial-killer movie in which the psychosis stems as much from the pursuers (and the filmmaker) as the pursued.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    No one writes for ensembles better than Apatow, and his players are all skilled at giving his work a loose, improvisational feel.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    A peculiar and destabilizing tone that's far from the standard Hollywood oater, but entirely fitting for two larger-than-life characters fulfilling their roles in history.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    If nothing else, the film puts the lie to the notion that an abortion could ever be frivolous or lightly considered. On that point, everyone in Lake Of Fire agrees, whether they acknowledge the other side or not.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    4 Months unfolds like one of those street-level Dardenne brothers movies (Rosetta, L'Enfant).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    With Standard Operating Procedure, the Iraq War finally has its Hearts And Minds.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    It may be painful at times, but Rachel Getting Married sure is one heck of a party.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    At bottom, Silent Light is less about faith than matters of the heart, and in Reygadas' hands, the ache is bone-deep.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    The film evolves into a simple, intimate, acutely emotional portrait of a family reaching a painful crossroads.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    There are many layers to the man and the movie, and it’s hard not to leave the theater shaken.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    It's an exhilaratingly unpredictable experience, and not an easy one to shake.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    A moving, gently reassuring tale that softens the boundaries between humanity and nature, life and the afterlife.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Meticulous and immersive, Meek's Cutoff feels like history in three dimensions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    In terms of scale, The Tree Of Life recalls the mammoth ambition of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," but it's also more intimate and personal than Malick's previous films, rooted in vivid memories of growing up in '50s Texas.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    The film is little more than an exercise in style, but it's dazzling and mythic, a testament to the fundamental appeal of fast cars, dangerous men, and tension that squeezes like a hand to the throat.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Beyond the impeccable performances and direction, it's foremost an exceptional piece of screenwriting, so finely wrought that the drama seems guided by an invisible hand.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    The Turin Horse has a burnished beauty that's awe-inspiring, like a clear window into a faraway world as it dangles, and then falls, off the precipice.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    There's a suffocating air to The Deep Blue Sea that makes it harder to access than other period romances of its kind, but Davies aligns himself wholly with Hester.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Moonrise Kingdom is Anderson's most completely satisfying film since the one-two of "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums," in part because it's the perfect distillation of both.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    It's a feisty, contentious, deliberately misshapen film, designed to challenge and frustrate audiences looking for a clean resolution. Just because it's over doesn't mean it's settled.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    The film feels as beautifully calibrated as a great piece of short fiction, only with visual accents and emphases filling in for the prose. It's a relationship movie where the most important exchanges remain unspoken.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Zero Dark Thirty stands to become the dominant narrative about this important historical event, no matter its distortions, composites, or other slippery feints of storytelling. In that, it wields a dangerous power.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    A director known for the icy classicism and genre subversion of films like "Funny Games" and "Caché," Haneke has a pitilessness that could not be more perfect for Amour, which would collapse at any whiff of sentimentality.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    A chilly and extraordinarily controlled treatise on film violence, Funny Games punishes the audience for its casual bloodlust by giving it all the sickening torture and mayhem it could possibly desire. Neat trick, that.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    The audience is indicted for its bloodlust. There's perversity in paying admission to get harshly scolded, and Funny Games is not for the squeamish, but this may be one time to step up and take the licking you deserve.

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