For 1,630 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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Gerry
Lowest review score: 0 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Score distribution:
1,630 movie reviews
    • 21 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    Penn, who probably didn't need this shoddy placeholder after the cult success of "Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle's," acquits himself with a gentle charisma that makes the crudity go down easy. Granted, it's still s---, but with a sweeter odor than usual.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    Once the torture finally commences, the film attempts to float a political point about the Third World taking back First World health-care privileges, but the chief torturers' sadistic humanitarianism is never seriously considered.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    Far from a watershed moment for lesbian coming-out films, Gray Matters has a queer sensibility that's several miles south of "Will & Grace."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    Fuqua keeps the action moving efficiently, but he doesn't know when to stop piling it on, and eventually, Wahlberg's army of one becomes more a comic-book vigilante than a righteously disgruntled patriot.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    The lesson here is that dogs don't need "attitude." They're loveable enough on their own.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    What started out as a fleet one-off swashbuckler with novel supernatural elements has become loaded and graceless, with each new entry barreling across the goal line like William "The Refrigerator" Perry.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    In short form, Cashback simply dealt with how a quirky group of supermarket employees whiled away the endless hours of a night shift, but the feature version spoils that economy by tacking on a romantic subplot and indulging its hero's precious ruminations on love and art.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    If it doesn't look ridiculous now, try watching it again in a decade or three. Then it'll be funny for all the wrong reasons.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    Judging by the far more interesting adults in the film--Braga, a terrific Laura Linney as Webber's mother, and Hawke as his father--the solution for Webber and Moreno is to grow up and not be so full of themselves. In their current state, they make for unpleasant company, and so does the film.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    For a film about growing up, Illegal Tender loses itself in a lot of silly juvenilia.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    It's a personal story that feels like it's been constructed from other movies.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    Adhering to few solid comedic principles, The Comebacks swings wildly between lame movie references and slapstick, slightly less lame funny names (such as Aseel Tare, the running back who couldn't possibly be injured) and Airplane!-style spoof, and a few mildly amusing stabs at irony.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    All these stereotypes are meant to exalt small-town values, but The Final Season is proof that it's hard to paint masterpiece in broad strokes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    The idea of a toy store as a living, responsive being is a good one, but Helm doesn't take that idea to imaginative places.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    On the shortlist for least essential movie of the decade, a copy of a copy of a copy that's so worn down, it's about as fresh and vital as a fifth-generation dub of "The Star Wars Holiday Special."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    It's said that opposites attract, but for the brief period they're onscreen together in the dire comedy Over Her Dead Body, Eva Longoria Parker and Paul Rudd are one of the more bizarrely mismatched couples in recent memory.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    The loaded cast does what it can with the paper-thin characterizations, but Vantage Point gets hijacked early by its high-concept premise, and it quickly devolves into a by-the-numbers thriller with the numbers out of order.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    The photography hook gives Shutter the potential to be a genuinely creepy ghosts-in-the-machine story like the original "Pulse," or better still, a horror twist on "Blowup." But one effective scene lit solely by a camera flash isn't enough to rescue this from the J-horror slushpile.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    21
    Short of counting the cards out loud, these geniuses seem to do everything they can to get caught.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    The big reason Chaos Theory doesn't work is that the gears are visibly grinding away, cranking out neat little ironies and life lessons without any liberating surprises.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    There are many stretches when it's easy to forget that Get Smart is a spoof; it's more like a third-rate James Bond with pratfalls.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    Compared to a recent Argento dud like "The Stendhal Syndrome," Mother Of Tears at least has some of the go-for-broke gothic spirit of his earlier work. He's just lost the ability to shape it into something artful.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    By the time it reaches an action-packed finale that's choreographed like an ancient Keystone Kops short, Kit Kittredge has cornered the market on bland.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    Ultimately, Lakeview Terrace isn't about race so much as it's about being a man, which has been LaBute's fallback theme from the start.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    In a post-Matrix, post-John Woo world, a handful of slow-motion shootouts shouldn't be all that's on offer.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    The result is two bad movies in one: a gimmicky romantic comedy, and one of those seasonal headaches that submits loud family dysfunction as a vehicle for Christmas cheer.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    The main pitfall of modern noirs is that filmmakers get so caught up in the chiaroscuro lighting schemes and florid twists of dialogue and voiceover that they forget noir was about expressing more than just attitude and style.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    A more accurate way to describe it would be "conceptual nightmare"--crass, schizophrenic, culturally insensitive, horribly paced, and shameless in its pandering to the lowest common denominator.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    Taken's subject matter is too serious for an escapist chop-socky movie, and the sleazy, exploitative tone undercuts the thrills.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 42 Scott Tobias
    Unlike, say, "Eagle Eye," Echelon Conspiracy doesn't put enough conviction behind its stupidity. It's mostly just bland.

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