For 1,383 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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Time Out
Lowest review score: 0 Norbit
Score distribution:
1,383 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    The beauty of the film is how organically its themes are presented - it's a slice of life that comes about its sweeping ideas with surprising delicacy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    He's Premium Rush's villain, but Shannon doesn't attempt anything like the austere derangement of a Hans Gruber type, even though he specializes in playing terrifying nutjobs. Instead, he's a buffoon of the first order, and his hapless tomfoolery sets the tone for a light, fast, frequently hilarious 90 minutes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Head Games is particularly devastating when it shifts from the NFL and NHL, where brutality and headshots are a given, to girls' soccer and under-14 football leagues, where still-developing young necks and skulls make kids perhaps more vulnerable to head trauma than their professional counterparts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Drawing on a wealth of footage from inside ACT UP meetings and protests, David France's powerful documentary How To Survive A Plague pays tribute to their courage and relentlessness, but it's even better as a record of the tactics of effective activism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    In an unusually subtle performance by a child actor, Kacey Mottet Klein stars as a crafty ragamuffin.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    It's all done in questionable taste, mucking around in the nasty terrain of snuff films and children in constant peril, but Sinister is smart and well-crafted, and it scarcely gives the audience a moment to breathe.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    It's the perfect material for Russell, who not only deals perceptively with the dizzying swings of manic depression, but makes it the fabric of a big, generous, happy-making ensemble comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    For a genre film, Killing Them Softly goes to an awfully strange, none-too-subtle place, but the choice to move the '08 election from background to overlay is unusually bold and thought-provoking, too.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Like other great pastiche artists, Gomes has created a time machine to a cinematic era that never quite existed, so it feels simultaneously borrowed and new.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Like his underappreciated "Haywire," Side Effects screws around in its own thriller architecture, toying with feints of structure and clever bits of misdirection, and otherwise playing the audience like a fiddle. At this point in his career, Soderbergh pulls it off with the unpracticed ease of a maestro.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    His outrageous, self-destructive journey lands him in a place just as ironic as Rupert Pupkin’s in "The King Of Comedy," but it’s haunting and mysterious, too, reflecting the dream that consumes his life.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    While Raimi’s Stooges aesthetic — which was really more prominently displayed in the sequels than in 1981’s The Evil Dead — isn’t played up here, there’s enough outrageous unreality to make the brutality go down a little easier. It isn’t quite a cartoon, but it’s close enough.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Still, there’s no doubt that To The Wonder is a fans-only proposition, continuing Malick’s evolution (or devolution, for some) from the narrative grounding of "Badlands" to much more abstract, poeticized notions of the human condition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Touching and wise, with fine performances and impeccable widescreen photography, The Rookie is a rare family film that encourages kids to pursue their dreams, but not before giving full weight to the consequences.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Posed somewhere between a fairy tale and harsh reality, the film pulls off a daring feat by turning Blancan into an almost abstract monster as a way of getting into the deeply unhealthy situation that created him.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    In keeping with his concept that the mind and the body are inseparable, Sade builds to an extraordinarily powerful centerpiece when the two come together, fusing fear and desire, pleasure and pain, innocence and enlightenment.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Immensely likable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Though Cronenberg makes some creepy insinuations, eXistenZ is more effective as a black comedy than as a visceral shocker.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    A daring and immediate debut feature for Koshashvili, Late Marriage could lead two likeminded people to opposite conclusions, and that may be its greatest strength.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    A lean, well-contained slice-of-life at 83 minutes, 'R Xmas finds the director making a confident return to the hard-nosed realism on which he's staked his maverick reputation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    With Scott playing the perfect foil to Leary's exasperated sage, the fantasy sequences are hilariously caustic, but as they accumulate more rapidly, the distinction between real and imagined situations becomes disturbingly vague.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    With a lovably cantankerous sense of humor and an honest strain of hard realism and pathos, the film thrives on the tension that comes from an artist who devotes himself to the truth, but watches his image get away from him.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Emerges as an improbably hopeful tribute to the human spirit.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Even without its bleak and affecting story, Beijing Bicycle would work beautifully as a travelogue alone.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Smith delights in these offbeat personalities and their jerry-rigged accoutrements, but the real joy in the film comes from the happy interaction between the subjects and their creations.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    From his wonderfully idiosyncratic bits of silent comedy at a storefront window to a brilliant one-take of Malkovich watching a calamitous scene unfold, de Oliveira seems determined to exit on his own terms.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    What makes Raising Victor Vargas so special, beyond its irresistible charisma, is how Sollett and his cast capture the thrill of first love.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Though comparisons to "The Blair Witch Project" are inevitable, the impeccable first-person camera technique not only makes sense dramatically, but also facilitates a complex and queasily ambiguous relationship between the conspirators and the audience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    At once bitterly funny and devastating, Lost In La Mancha sides with Gilliam in form and spirit, piecing together the train wreck with snaky humor and interludes that cleverly mimic his Monty Python collage animations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Witherspoon's broad, obsessive comic performance is bound to get the most attention, but Broderick does the best work of his career, finding an affecting spot between the all-purpose defiance of Ferris Bueller and the put-upon foil of his recent work.