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 The Long Day Closes
Lowest review score: 0 Atlas Shrugged: Part 2
Score distribution:
1,412 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    It seems like a departure, but soon turns into a Bruno Dumont film—and one of his most rigorous and powerful at that.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Denis’ atmospherics, as usual, carry the day.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Viewers can walk away with something more precious than factoids: an emotional, aesthetically striking experience that cuts more deeply than words. And if they crave more information, that’s what the Internet is for.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Narco Cultura makes it abundantly, forcefully clear that the illicit business of narcocorridos thrives on the illicit business of cartels—and business is still booming.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Ferrara blows up the everyday threat of harassment and violence against women into a magnified force.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Seidl has made an insightful film that’s more about the trials of a young woman’s coming of age than about being overweight.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    As reticent as Nathan is to cast explicit judgment, the film shows the tragic impasse between a street culture that’s reckless and provocative, and a police force that exacerbates the problem with heavy-handed tactics.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Morris’ film does everything it can to make Hawking’s thinking accessible to a wider audience, and reveal how A Brief History Of Time is as much its author’s story as it is the story of the universe.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    The fact that Morris applies the same basic methodology to The Unknown Known that he did to the The Fog Of War makes the contrast between the two men meaningful, and says something profound about Rumsfeld, too.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Like Blood Simple, Blue Ruin deals in crimes of passion, carried out by human beings who are flawed yet tragically relatable—one is about mopping up the blood, the other about the impossibility of stanching the flow.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Ida
    Ida’s piercing intimacy makes the deepest impression, but its vision is deceptively wide-reaching despite a scale that’s deliberately pared-down and small.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Night Moves is a film of deliberate, gnawing intensity and focus, built around a Jesse Eisenberg performance that doesn’t give much away, at least not easily.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    The film gets its distinction from the performances by Cheung and Nolte, whose scenes together are suffused with loss and unexpected mutual compassion.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Builds to a key point about the consequences of democracies fighting terrorism by erasing its central tenets, but in doing so, it doesn't underplay the horrors wrought by Guzmán's organization.