For 1,701 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Drive
Lowest review score: 0 Norbit
Score distribution:
1701 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    In its amalgam of classic Hollywood war movies and courtroom dramas, Hart's War takes the audience to a place that never existed in order to teach it a lesson it already knows.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Leaves all the real risks to the young warriors at Ia Drang and collects easy dividends on their bravery. In the end, it honors them by paying tribute to itself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    The natural chemistry between Ellefsen and Nordin keeps the film pleasant and inoffensive, but is there any question about where or when or how it will go?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Schrader has always been better as a writer and a critic than as a dramatist, which is why his most successful work has either been published in film journals or directed by Martin Scorsese. His flat, awkward staging diminishes some good performances -- particularly those of Nolte and a welcome Sissy Spacek.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    The film's moralistic streak leaves a sour taste, especially because its battle of the sexes is so wildly off-balance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Medem turns screenwriting into a feng shui exercise, shifting story elements like pieces of furniture around a room, as if the best films are the ones that end up facing southeast.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Solomon handles their crises of conscience with a studied compassion that hangs over scenes like a lead weight, though the actors (particularly Dunst) do their best to bring more range to his gray palette.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    If Pistol Opera turns out to be Suzuki's swan song, instead of just an anticlimactic comeback, no one can claim he didn't go out on his own stubborn terms.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    For a comedian who thrives on spontaneity, the heart of Reno's act seems conspicuously canned.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    In spite of the uniformly strong performances, 13 Conversations largely factors out human nature, leaving a giant puzzle where each piece is pre-determined to fall into place. In the end, the Sprechers have a movie for people who brag about finishing the New York Times Sunday crossword in pen.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Holm carries Napoleon's regal bluster without edging into cartoonish folly, taking him seriously enough to make an absurd situation solemn, and keeping the film from winking too coyly at its audience.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Carries a potent statement about the superficialities of appearance, and how they're more meaningful to people than anyone likes to acknowledge. But when the players themselves are conceived this superficially, LaBute winds up invalidating his own point.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Save for two spectacularly impressionistic sequences, Taymor brings little of that imagination to Frida, a turgid and conventional biopic that skips through the major incidents in Kahlo's life without giving them any special resonance, or even much visual panache.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    With Heaven, Tykwer completes his self-appointment as Kieslowski's heir apparent, but since he has always been a better filmmaker than a thinker, his ideas drift into the ether.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Because Quitting admits its basic falsehood up front, the film is never emotionally affecting, but Jia's participation in this confrontation of his past shows remarkable courage and honesty, especially when his behavior doesn't inspire much sympathy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Runs more smoothly and stylishly than the average teen comedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    White Oleander goes through the paces with a little more dignity than usual, which is a mark of either director Peter Kosminsky's refusal to overplay the melodrama, or his inability to wring it for all it's worth.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Aided by raw, committed performances from her two leads, Goldbacher makes them tough company for themselves and anyone else around them, on or off the screen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    May be a bloodless piece of thriller craftsmanship, but at a time when craft has become negligible, its efficiency and whipcrack timing are increasingly uncommon virtues.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Both the actor and the character deserve a better movie, one that might have channeled the latter's desires into more than just a few rote genre thrills.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Weintrob's background in interactive media keeps the film's technology unusually current, but his predictable tongue-clucking over Internet relationships places him squarely in the Luddite camp.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Moves forward on the conviction of its performances. Brody, in particular, shows uncommon sensitivity as a politically committed and temperamental photographer who responds to MacDowell's half-crazed resolution with heartbreaking zeal.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    As her character resorts to increasingly cruel and devious pranks, Hudson only seems funnier and more endearing.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    It's a tame, hypocritical fantasy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Settles into pleasant monotony and repetition, without any narrative arc or purpose. Seasoned bird-watchers, however, may find that the sensory overload leaves them close to spiritual nirvana.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Playing against rubber-faced type, cult icon Bruce Campbell grounds his Elvis in a wry, understated swagger that holds the film's wacky excesses in orbit and does more honor to the legend himself than a thousand Vegas lounge-show wannabes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Elf
    The cast wrings laughs out of David Berenbaum's script as if it were a damp washcloth.
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Born to play a Western hero, Jones sells the film's syrupy message with a soulful, wounded performance, relieved at times by his agreeably cantankerous sense of humor.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    The great character actor Gary Cole, in particular, stands out as Bosworth's father, who tries to impress Duhamel by reading the trades, thumbing through Julia Phillips' autobiography, and donning a Project Greenlight T-shirt.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Doesn't function nearly as well as a standalone piece, mainly because it's stuck with the thankless task of mopping up after the other two.

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