For 1,412 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Her
Lowest review score: 0 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Score distribution:
1,412 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    It might be fair to argue that the resonances of Upstream Color are too obscure and internal — many viewers have and will be baffled by it — but it’s the type of art that inspires curiosity and obsession, like some beautiful object whose meaning remains tantalizingly out of reach.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Her
    Her is a 21st-century love story that perfectly captures the mood of the times and finds new inroads into the exhilaration and heartbreak that have existed since the first “I love you.”
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    There’s a purpose to all this madness--though to talk about the primary reason the film succeeds would be giving the game away--but it should be appreciated first as a vivid, waking nightmare.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    For the first hour or more, The Hurt Locker boldly forsakes any conventional narrative hook beyond the ongoing tensions between these men and the terrifying grind of defusing bombs day after day.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    The beauty of The Class is that it puts the lie to the one-teacher-can-make-a-difference myth propagated by so many other films.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Raimi’s new film feels distinctly unburdened and fun, happily frolicking in its own pulp silliness.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    A remarkably nuanced, ever-evolving performance (María Onetto).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    There's a bittersweet quality to McCandless' story that Penn captures intuitively.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Humpday carefully raises the stakes until it hits a finale loaded with humor, tenderness, and delicious ambiguity. It’s like "Old Joy" by way of Judd Apatow.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Manages to be visually arresting, packed with geeky allusions to everything from Raymond Chandler to "Blue Velvet."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    It's mysterious and bold at every turn, and refreshingly removed from the commonplace.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    In Chéreau's hands, Gabrielle has an operatic quality that throws the repressive environment into sharp relief; the film works like a pressure cooker, seething with bottled passions that intermittently burst through with startling cruelty and violence.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Bujalski's brand of stylized dialogue sounds genuinely fly-on-the-wall.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Old Joy doesn't try for too much, but its subtle victories leave plenty to savor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Though its procedural goes a little soft in the middle, Gone Baby Gone quietly accumulates in power, leading to one of the more subtly devastating final shots in recent memory.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    It isn't particularly original--for one, it owes an unacknowledged debt to the French film "Them"--but as an exercise in controlled mayhem, horror movies don't get much scarier.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    It's a righteously nasty piece of work, and a rare example of a movie that traffics in B-movie grime without a trace of "Grindhouse"-style self-consciousness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    As loose and playful as major studio movies get.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Having the dog around raises the emotional stakes tenfold, and develops a kinship with Vittorio De Sica's Italian neo-realist classic "Umberto D.," which also revealed societal ills through a poignant dog-owner relationship
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    After Hours is a caffeinated black comedy with an emphasis on speed. With a small crew and a tight shooting schedule, Scorsese transformed limited means into a staccato burst of creative energy, playing up the extreme paranoia and frustration of a data processor stranded in Soho.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    The film is an imposing, prismatic achievement, and strongly resistant to an insta-reaction; when it’s over, Nolan still seems a few steps ahead of us.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Afterschool wears its many influences on its sleeve, but it’s very much a movie of the moment. The passing of time and the evolution of technology may give it an expiration date, but more likely, Campos’ film stands to be an essential document of what it was like to be a young person in the late ’00s.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    It isn't pretty to witness, but the pain of it smarts.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Carlos is mostly tense and thrilling, revealing the poisonous side of global citizenship.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Finds connections deeply embedded in a soccer culture fueled by the country's thieving cocaine trade.