For 1,679 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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Collapse
Lowest review score: 0 All the Queen's Men
Score distribution:
1679 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    DuVernay stages well-known public events like the “Bloody Sunday” march with scrupulousness, scope, and a gut-wrenching visceral power. But Selma’s true success is as a chamber piece, not a thundering historical epic.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    A surprisingly bittersweet love story at heart, Eternal Sunshine values the sum of experience, which in this case means a thorns-and-all openness to romantic possibilities.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    It helps that the actors' faces are so mesmerizing, particularly Manjinder Virk as Lorraine.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    In the wild and consistently surprising Y Tu Mamá También, anything isn't the half of it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    There’s nothing lost in his continued refinement of style; if anything, it makes the pleasures of his work that much more acute.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    This isn’t merely about the follies of a misanthrope, it’s an epic tragedy about life in the Ivory Tower and the inability to understand—much less empathize with—other human beings.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    It’s emotionally and sexually explicit, as raw as an exposed nerve at times, but Adèle and Emma have public lives as well as private ones, and the film’s great achievement is holding them in balance and observing how they relate to each other.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Poitras fashions Citizenfour into a spy thriller whose intrigues bleed into everyday life. She doesn’t want the audience to feel like Snowden’s revelations are limited to him and potential enemies of the state—or even to activist journalists like her and Greenwald. She makes the threat feel as pervasive as they believe it to be.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Cantet's masterful study of a white-collar businessman in decline.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    Alejandro González Iñárritu is a pretentious fraud, but it’s taken some time to understand the precise nature of his fraudulence.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Loosely structured around four seasons, Nobody Knows unfolds in a long series of episodes that slowly progress from lightly comic to bracingly sad as the situation deteriorates.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    This film confirms that Panh approaches the past not as a historian, but as an artist, and an exceptionally vital one at that.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Gomorrah takes place in a world where decency can't take root and we can only watch in horror as crime overwhelms society's most vulnerable-- women, children, law-abiding citizens, and the conscientious few who want to get out of the game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    It’s a richly imagined drama that gives everyone involved a specific and understandable set of motives for acting the way they do.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    It's an austere Russian drama with shades of Hitchcock.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Revisits the past with an eye on the present and future, hoping as McNamara does that his "lessons" are instructive and might keep history from repeating itself.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    A moving, gently reassuring tale that softens the boundaries between humanity and nature, life and the afterlife.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    The second half of The Kid With A Bike diverges so much from the first that they seem like two different movies - the first a drama about an orphan's search for home, the second a moral thriller about the terrible things all people, no matter their social station, are willing to do in the interest of self-preservation. Both sections are riveting in their own way, and punctuated by startling shocks and bursts of emotion.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    As much as any documentary since Errol Morris’ A Brief History Of Time, Particle Fever excels at expressing advanced scientific theory through graphics that are simple, attractive, and utterly approachable.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Caouette's shattering Tarnation represents a landmark in personal filmmaking: It finally realizes the digital dream of a raw, unsanctioned glimpse into the soul.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Miller directs with intelligence, though not flair, but the script makes up for any flagging energy with crackling Sorkin dialogue and performances that sing with revolutionary fervor.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    What makes The Duke Of Burgundy so affecting is how deftly Strickland and his remarkable actresses bring something as exotic as lesbian S&M into the realm of the ordinary and relatable. Viewers can see themselves in Cynthia and Evelyn, whether they’re hand-washing each other’s undergarments or not.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Östland writes the conflict between husband and wife beautifully, like a scab that gets picked at until it bleeds, and he does things cinematically, too, to suggest the growing distance between them—an already-cool visual palette broadens like a yawning chasm.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    Ends with horrific revelations that are made all the more powerful by the lightness that precedes them. Simultaneously sad and hopeful, Ghobadi suggests the resiliency of a culture in which war is part of the fabric of everyday life.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Spielberg balances terror on the water with a rich portrait of an island police chief (Roy Scheider) torn between public-safety concerns and a community that thrives on the tourist dollar.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Nebraska is one of Payne’s best films, a near-perfect amalgam of the acrid humor, great local color, and stirring resonances that run through his work.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    Though it has the dramatic apparatus of fiction, the film unfolds with a documentary-like openness to the world around it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Fast, exhilarating new comedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Though conventional in many respects, it feels like no other boxing film ever made, due largely to Eastwood's unmistakable presence on both sides of the camera.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    It would be enough for The Babadook to get by on scares alone—the eponymous spook is eminiently franchise-able—but Kent doesn’t give the audience that kind of distance. Her agenda is more personal.

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