For 1,512 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Funny Games (2008)
Lowest review score: 0 Son of the Mask
Score distribution:
1,512 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Kitano's gentle side reigns in Dolls, a gorgeous meditation on love and devotion, but the film's hypnotic tone and beautifully formalized color scheme makes it unlike anything he's done to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    In the lively exchanges between the titular duo and the technical innovation that links the past to the present, The Lady And The Duke brings the period to life with surprising immediacy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    A romantic comedy with jagged edges, Fatih Akin's exhilarating Head-On paves the road to love through miles of prickly thatch.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    A big, family-style Italian dinner, catered to the broadest tastes, yet satisfying all the same.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    The result is a powerfully visceral experience that justifies itself almost entirely on surface chops, with striking color composition and a complex sound design that elevates the story to an operatic scale.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Handsomely produced and photographed, which alone distinguishes it from the guerrilla standards of its cut-rate peers, Enron succeeds most by simply making a complex situation graspable, a tall order when the perpetrators are masters of grand-scale deception.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    3-Iron gains its hypnotic power by observing these characters through a slight remove. With total command of his effects, Kim transforms an already peculiar romance into something as otherworldly as a ghost story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Adjusting to Martel's style requires patience, but her indirection pays dividends, culminating in an unforgettable final shot that flies in the face of narrative expectations.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    It may not have been what the producers had in mind, but they asked for a Paul Schrader movie, and that's exactly what he delivered.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Herzog also finds extraordinary beauty in what Dorrington is trying to accomplish: Like Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his boat, Dorrington wants to float around the natural world in a reverie, and when he finally does, he experiences a connection with Plage that's genuinely transcendent.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Plays like an old-fashioned romantic comedy with updated hardware.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    5x2
    Unlike "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind," which holds the memories of a doomed affair as precious, there's nothing bittersweet about Ozon's failed romance, but its problems are equally true.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    From the combustible opening-credits sequence, Caan displays a whip-crack sense of timing, pace, and energy that's so rare for a first-time filmmaker that it's tempting to call him a savant.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    In light of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's young career, it's fitting that his beguiling, transfixing romantic fable Tropical Malady splits down the middle into two radically different halves.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Does nothing to justify its own existence other than be consistently funny from start to finish.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Storytelling clarity has never been a Kurosawa strong suit, yet Pulse baffles even under those standards, so it's best to just get on his abstract wavelength and ride the thing out.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Its dense mysteries remain more tantalizing than distancing: No other director integrates the creepy with the cerebral quite like Cronenberg. (Review of DVD 9/13/04)
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Lucas' beautiful script and a trio of first-rate performances carry the material with an intermittently breathtaking urgency.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    An impeccable minimalist drama that's tailored specifically to Devos' expressive capabilities, which say more than the sparse dialogue.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    On a deeper level, Haneke tries to reach for political allegory on the French-Algerian War, but the film functions best as a perfectly calibrated thriller, perhaps his most accessible to date.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    It's not the artistry of X-Men: First Class that's particularly striking; though it's finely crafted, the film feels less the product of a visionary director than of the Marvel movies machine working at maximum efficiency.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Wiseman's fragmented approach misses the continuity of the show, which mixes erotic dance with comedy, magic and even a little soft shoe, and tells an overarching story that Crazy Horse never quite communicates. Yet there's more than enough compensation in the scenes Wiseman does catch.
    • NPR
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Writer-director Michael K. Roskam takes his time in revealing why Jacky needs to shoot up, but that LaMotta restlessness is unmistakable - this bull here can rage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    One of the big reasons Flight is so satisfying is that it moves with the no-frills, meat-and-potatoes conventions of a first-rate procedural while being awash in ambiguity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Starlet shows enough of her unbalanced, unsustainable situation to make sense of her connection to Sadie, however frail a ballast her new friend might be. Their need for each other is disarmingly sweet, but far from sticky.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    At bottom, though, Happy People celebrates the hard-won freedoms that living in the Taiga offers those who are willing to confront its challenges. There are few places on the planet where the strictures of society don't apply, and the trade-off for fending off bears and minus-50-degree weather is the opportunity to lead a pure, solitary life.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    For as long as Park and Wasikowska keep it burbling, it's an intoxicating brew.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    After all, the documentary itself stands as a thrilling testament to the fact that art is — and should be — open to interpretation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    A Touch Of Sin stumbles in the coda, which makes the themes embedded in its title too explicit, but it’s a bold, invigorating statement from a director who keeps reinventing himself.