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 The Departed
Lowest review score: 0 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Score distribution:
1,549 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    The Dardennes sustain that tension through a masterful closing drive that resembles the final third of "In The Bedroom," only without the same dreadful inevitability.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Witnessing outreach workers intervening in these situations is inspiring enough, but their subtlety and nuance in neutralizing people of different backgrounds and temperaments is especially impressive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Flight was commissioned by producers overseas, and it feels similarly, impeccably slight.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Damon's minimalist style is key to why the Bourne movies have become an oasis from other blockbuster action fare.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    Through Brody's remarkably controlled, self-effacing performance, Polanski succeeds in making his hero an invisible man, but the sights he conjures are surprisingly artless and ordinary, familiar from a dozen other Holocaust dramas. Among the casualties in The Pianist is a great director's imagination.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    The film never feels entirely staid: Lu wriggles out of convention where he can, especially in the first half, and engages with history as an artist, not a hagiographer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    The frequent outbursts of comedy help alleviate a tone that's appropriately muted and sad, and Jenkins should be credited for refusing to tack smiley-faces onto a tough, possibly lose-lose situation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The film's visceral assault extends to the sledgehammer script, an amassment of unsubtle ironies and war-is-hell clichés that often reduce it to an amateurish theatrical stunt.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Gosling excels at playing contradictory characters like this one, having kick-started his career as a Jewish neo-Nazi in "The Believer," but here, his inner turmoil rarely gets vocalized. It's a remarkably subtle performance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Emerges as an improbably hopeful tribute to the human spirit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Payne, the great satirist behind "Citizen Ruth" and "Election," loves to populate his films with throwaway details, which in About Schmidt accumulate into a portrait of Midwestern life that's almost chilling in its exactitude.
    • 85 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Farhadi isn’t interested in judging his characters so much as comprehending them in all their complexity, and registering the consequences of their actions, particularly on children.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Most of all, The Host functions as a popcorn movie par excellence, loaded with the most familiar conventions, but shot through with such conviction and visual panache that even its clichés seem invigorating.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Meticulous and immersive, Meek's Cutoff feels like history in three dimensions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    A singularly beautiful nostalgia piece that radiates with love and sadness, and doesn’t extract one type of feeling from another. It’s a film of aching bittersweetness, impeccably realized, past perfect.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Tobias
    Coogler isn’t exactly an invisible hand. He pokes and prods his audience at every turn: Neither the false moments nor the powerful ones leave much mystery about how we’re supposed to feel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    It's the definition of a film meant to be admired more than loved, but Desplechin's fierce intelligence and uncompromising sense of character come through, as does some of the sharp wit and stylistic flourishes left over from his last film, 2004's "Kings And Queen."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    There's none of the poetry of "For All Mankind," just visual support for a meat-and-potatoes recap of events that have already been chewed over plenty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Quietly asserts its eccentric romanticism with an assured, matter-of-fact blend of humor and pathos.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Scott Tobias
    It's a little disappointing to see Van Sant dial back into mainstream respectability. Had he evoked Harvey Milk's life with the poetry that he did Kurt Cobain's, Milk might have been something special.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Trier doesn't allow the bleakness of the material to swamp the film in a miserablist tone, but he doesn't hold back, either, in revealing every hairline crack in Lie's fragile psyche.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    Though frequently dazzling, Kings And Queen proves that a bunch of punchy singles don't necessarily make an album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Old Joy doesn't try for too much, but its subtle victories leave plenty to savor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Writer-director Charles Sturridge doesn't mess with the Lassie formula--he provides plenty of dog-porn shots of the collie bounding through scenery in slow motion--but the overqualified cast puts the film over the top.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Even as The Quiet American loses focus and urgency, Caine's performance keeps the doomed spirit of Greene's hero intact.

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