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 Funny Games (2008)
Lowest review score: 0 From Justin to Kelly
Score distribution:
1660 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Belman doesn’t look into the bigger problems of James’ team jet-setting across the country during the school year, or the spectacle allowed to build up around him. He cares most about what happens on the court, which is diverting and fun as far as it goes, but not close to the whole story.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    What does it all mean? Nothing much greater than the sum of its seriocomic vignettes. To that end, Women In Trouble tends to sputter to life whenever the stories get racy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Shannon’s performance takes The Missing Person as far as it goes, but when a real-world tragedy commandeers the story, Buschel’s thin pastiche falls to pieces.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    That the film works as well as it does--as an attractive, rousing time-passer for children--speaks more to the endurance of a good formula than its revitalization.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    The historical backdrop is fascinating and an important part of this story, but there’s a pervasive sense that director Philipp Stölzl and his screenwriters soft-pedal it as much as possible in order to exalt their heroes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Hallström's approach to the material is tasteful and restrained to a fault.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    More of the same, only more. Yet here, “more” means a more needlessly convoluted plot, a more cartoonish parade of ethnic stereotypes, and more leaden political metaphor than viewers can digest.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    With his flamboyant ridiculousness, Travolta does, however, give From Paris With Love a pulse, which is more than can be said for the film’s petulant hero, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    The inevitable breakdown on this commercial façade might have led The Joneses into more disturbing territory, but Borte goes the other direction, away from jagged comedy and toward well-meaning homilies. No sale.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    In spite of a subtle performance by Ulrich Tukur in the eponymous role, Gallenberger’s film feels labored and emotionally disengaged, an autumn-hued history lesson that’s as studiously reserved as its steel-spined subject.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    So why, given its moment-to-moment surplus of visual imagination, does the film feel so hollow and unsatisfying?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Centurion offers little beyond viscera for its own sake, without anything like the bold abstraction of "Valhalla Rising."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    It's often stylish and exciting, but the pile-up of cool kills, hot bodies, and other unprocessed bits of juvenilia doesn't add up to a good time.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Hideaway bottles up stormy feelings of grief, guilt, and desire so tightly that register only in a few sharp, impetuous bursts. The rest of the time, it's dull and inscrutable-a film of almost vaporous subtlety.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Here's a story about a man who befriended and eventually killed a Texan while going incognito as an exceptionally frumpy woman, then was eventually nabbed shoplifting a chicken-salad sandwich while carrying more than $500 in his pocket. Why underplay that?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Haggis doesn't trust the action to carry his themes across without emphasis, and his movie suffers for it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    As with all of Philibert's work, Nénette is impeccably composed and admirably disciplined, but his patient observation can't unlock the mysteries of an animal that's grown more introspective and likely less expressive over time.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Zero Bridge is a rigorous piece of filmmaking, but it's played at too minor a key, honoring the neo-realist tradition so slavishly that it lacks an identity of its own.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Words like "smug," "derivative," and "shallow" could all be fairly applied to the film, but as a piece of late-night exploitation, it delivers the violence and nudity with the regularity of an IV drip, and some familiar faces in the cast help class it up.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Superficially exciting and handled with great aplomb. But the film is running to go nowhere.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    It uses a story about family as a vehicle for glorifying gangsterism. In other words, it's empty, amoral, and - in the style of other Besson productions - surprisingly easy to digest.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    What's surprising, and ultimately disappointing, about Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is the degree to which Sfar allows biopic obligations to smother his more whimsical instincts.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Neeson brings gravitas to the table, acting as a legitimizing counterweight to the overwrought dialogue and flesh-tearing lupine hysteria. But in a scenario this persistently ludicrous, he can only do so much.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    The FP feels like a junky, disposable lark, created for a midnight audience to swallow, belch, and forget about the next morning.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Any proper adaptation of Dark Shadows, even one that acknowledges and celebrates its camp silliness as much as Burton's does, has to immerse itself in soap opera, too, and it's here that the director's lack of conviction becomes apparent.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    There's no organizing principle in Ivanova's documentary, which unfolds in a ragged, seat-of-the-pants style that mirrors its subject's day-to-day life all too closely. Nenya's flock proves too big for the film to wrangle.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Working from a solid template is only half the battle; the other half is filling in the details, and it's here that The House At The End Of The Street goes flat and generic, substituting jump-scares and visual twitchiness for the psychological complexity that might have sold the horror.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Luis Prieto's remake capably mimics the original's breakneck energy without adding a single thing. It seems to exist mostly to stuff more violence into Britain's insatiable maw for crime pictures.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Hur invests the period setting with an eye-popping opulence that's meant to highlight the elite decadence that came before the fall, but his Dangerous Liaisons isn't particularly sophisticated on a political or historical level.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    The mere presence of a second layer to the story gives Texas Chainsaw 3D an intriguing kick, and it adds a couple moments of visual wit that show a willingness to fiddle around with the genre. Not being irredeemable garbage counts as a modest achievement, but it's a small step in the right direction.

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