For 1,660 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 35 Shots of Rum
Lowest review score: 0 From Justin to Kelly
Score distribution:
1660 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The Sisters is still somewhat compelling thanks to Bello, whose unguarded, provocative work continually resuscitates this corpse of a melodrama whenever it lays fallow.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    So along with being fake punk-rock, Stick It is also a fake protest movie. That leaves the only traces of genuineness to Bridges, who plays the coach with a fatherly patience that earns him a paycheck, but not the better film he deserves.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The racing sequences are the series' meat and potatoes, but in terms of story, Tokyo Drift barely offers a stalk of asparagus.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Charlie Kaufman could have made a great movie out of Click, a soupy existential comedy about a "universal remote" that lets a man magically rewind, fast-forward, and pause his life.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Confusing gender issues like the ones dredged up in Ex-Girlfriend call to mind another Reitman dud, the pregnant-Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy "Junior," and the sophistication level has only slightly improved since then.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Rather than cast actors who can't dance or dancers who can't act, Step Up splits the difference with stars Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, who pull double duty with uninspired competence.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The few effective scenes in The Quiet suggest that the film might have worked as a kinked-up Hitchcockian thriller rather than the drab, serious drama it turns out to be.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The problem with Tim Robbins' dreadful turn as a South African "anti-terrorist" official in Catch A Fire--and it was also a problem with his sniveling Bill Gates impersonation in "Antitrust"--is that he can't hide his distaste for his own character.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Saw III may be the best of the trilogy; hopefully, it'll encourage its makers to wrap the franchise on a relatively high note.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Though he invests every ounce of his considerable charisma in the lead role, Russell Crowe still comes across as a man unworthy of the paradise offered to him.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Perhaps the film will connect with those attuned to the Quays' allusive wavelength, much as a dog responds to a whistle. Others won't hear a thing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Much like Zwick's "Glory" and "The Last Samurai," Blood Diamond strives to be an "important" film while stopping well short of being genuinely provocative and artistically chancy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The Pursuit Of Happyness represents a belated and calculated attempt to scrape off the glossy movie-star veneer and connect with the everyday struggles of living hand-to-mouth in the big city, but it's too late. Watching his (Smith's) performance here is a little like imagining an American version of "Rosetta" starring Julia Roberts.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Watching Rocky Balboa go through the usual paces does trigger a few helpless waves of nostalgia, especially once Bill Conti's famed score kicks in and Stallone sticks it to a few sides of beef. But audiences needn't be responsible for helping an over-the-hill actor through his midlife crisis.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    All the bright colors Cassavetes splashes on the canvas don't make Alpha Dog art.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Any relationship between the world of Because I Said So and actual human behavior is purely coincidental.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The Messengers, dutifully cobbles together a pastiche of successful horror films past--"The Grudge," "The Sixth Sense," "The Birds," "The Amityville Horror," and "The Shining"--without asserting a single original idea of its own.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Again coaxing the worst imaginable performances out of his actors (see also: Cary Elwes and Danny Glover in "Saw"), Wan casts charisma-free unknown Ryan Kwanten as a young married man whose small-town past catches up to him.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Had it been easier to comprehend at the beginning, there's no telling how bad Premonition might have been.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Curiously lifeless, Lucky You feels like poker without stakes; it goes through the motions with nothing to play for.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    What results are surprises without sustenance.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Truth be told, Sachiko Hanai is probably an accomplished "pink film"; just don't mistake it for something classier.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The film disappoints on its own terms, failing to drum up any sympathy for a self-pitying rich kid who can't pry his eyes from his navel.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Next bears some resemblance to another Dick adaptation, "Minority Report," about "pre-cogs" who can anticipate murders before they happen, but it doesn't really bother exploring the moral or emotional implications of Cage's power.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Shooting in digital video, director Jeff Renfroe needlessly amps up the proceedings with jittery camerawork, jump cuts, and other technical hiccups meant to disorient the audience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    In the end, 1408 amounts to little more than a radical shock-therapy session for a man still finding his way after the loss of his daughter.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The film suffers for her (Brenda Blethyn) egocentrism.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The film tries to squeeze Austen into one of her novels, and the peg doesn't fit.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Watching Charlie Bartlett only makes Wes Anderson's work seem more accomplished by comparison, because it underscores that thin line separating the agreeably fanciful from the overbearingly precious.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    There's no subtext to The Jane Austen Book Club, just a skim across the books' surface that winds up re-shelving a great author into the self-help section.

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