For 1,611 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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Silent Light
Lowest review score: 0 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Score distribution:
1,611 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Goes through its airport-thriller paces with dazzling kinetics and style.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    The film insightfully probes into the things that are said and the intense feelings that are merely implied, buzzing at a low level just beneath the surface.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Abortion, incest, infidelity, revenge, and hockey collide at a fever pitch, juxtaposed with such frantic energy that they're pushed to the level of high comedy, funniest at its most dramatic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    With ruthless efficiency and wit, Kahn ratchets up unbearable tension and releases it in startlingly visceral fashion, but his placid denouement is the most chilling scene of all.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    A brainteaser of the first order, Primer ranks among the best of recent thrillers such as "Memento" or "The Matrix," which rupture the fabric of reality and radically destabilize the narrative in kind.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    The issue may be polarizing, but Vera Drake resonates with such seriousness and truth that it transcends the narrow limitations of polemic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    When she (Breillat) succeeds, as she does in "Fat Girl" and in the final minutes of Sex Is Comedy, the impact can be overwhelming for filmmaker and audience alike.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    In accounting for Almodóvar's identity as an artist and a man, Bad Education comes together like a bold and far-reaching summation of his career to date.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Dramatically leaps through time, covering months or sometimes years in the span of a single cut. The effect is jarring and exhilarating, but it also bucks the common idea that relationships deepen over time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    The action sequences are choreographed with the crackerjack timing expected from Pixar, but the film's funniest and most affecting moments exploit the tension between a special family and a world that insists on dulling them down.
    • 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.
    • 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)

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