For 1,663 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 0.8 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 The Real Cancun
Score distribution:
1663 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    In the scope of things, Ohwon's story is a route into the larger story of an uncertain and tumultuous period in Korea, and it's here that Chi-hwa-seon loses its grip.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Donaldson and his battery of screenwriters aim for nothing more than a coolly efficient thrill machine, but the mechanics break down in the end, foiled by a "whodunit" twist that's telegraphed early in the first reel. Careening forward without any real purpose, the film simply flies off the rails.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Doesn't possess the discipline to peel laughs off its potentially riotous premise. Instead, Segal and company grope desperately for every low gag they can find, whether or not it has anything to do with the story.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Lawrence is fortunate to have appealing pros like Grant and Bullock around to bail him out with romantic chemistry and enough crisply delivered one-liners to survive the barren stretches of script.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The sturdy premise delivers little in the way of actual laughs.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Until he finds a style to better communicate ideas or emotions, Figgis' plans to reinvent cinema will have to go back to the drawing board.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Has a clean, antiseptic chilliness reminiscent of a Kubrick film. But too often, the director's stark visuals underline the naked simplicity of his story and make his picture of the suburbs seem hopelessly generic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Amen should be a powderkeg of a movie, yet the urgency and force that defined Costa-Gavras' earlier work has been drained away, along with his invigorating newsreel craft.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Starts in one direction, then performs a cruel narrative fake-out, sandwiching together two different movies that are scarcely related.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    With sumptuous widescreen photography and a pounding world-music score, the film makes for an absorbing travelogue at best, as pretty as a picture book and just as flat on the surface.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The film doesn't seem to know how it feels, much less how others are supposed to feel about it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Though an assured and diverting piece of filmmaking, Man On The Train sags from complacency, rarely breaking its neat construction to animate the friendship with any real warmth and life.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The fact that the story makes sense at all remains Coppola and his butchers' sole achievement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    What should be a momentous occasion instead gets anonymously processed through the Doc-U-Matic, with exhilarating live material cut into a sloppy assemblage of interviews, archival footage, and awkward reenactments.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Mayron tries for a junior-league "All About Eve," but that backfires horribly, not least because her diabolical Eve (Perabo) is more charismatic and imaginative than her heroine.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Singleton abandons the underground racing subculture that gave the first film its allure, relying instead on lazy thriller plotting that's only a bag of donuts and a freeze-frame away from the average TV cop show.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    If her adoring public doesn't mind paying for the same movie twice, Legally Blonde 2 stands to leave her star power unquestioned.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Looks and sounds like a black comedy, but by the time DeVito reaches the cutesy, nonsensical ending, he's lost the will to follow through on it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Asks for sympathy for deplorable behavior.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Though Pieces Of April comes together with improbable grace, Hedges evokes unearned tears from a premise that's already loaded from the start. Like Holmes, he serves up boxed stuffing and canned cranberries, then fishes for compliments to the chef.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    In spite of Frieda Hughes' objections, a few snippets of Plath's poetry slip into Sylvia, but they don't do the movie any favors--they just add more weight to a story that already buckles at the knees.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Though Burmester and Elliott make able sparring partners, Red Betsy literally succumbs to an on-the-nose staging of Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol,” with the old man cast as the model for Scrooge in a school play.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    What it lacks is artistry, those small touches of personality that might have distinguished its lugubrious history lesson from a bunch of pretty pictures with captions telling the story.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    In Jewison's hands, this cat-and-mouse game plays like third-rate John Le Carré, treading lethargically over high-minded intrigue that mixes fact, fiction, and unlikely speculation in dubious relation to the historical record.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    On record and in her movies, Moore is sold as wholesome and real, which sometimes translates as generic and blah, in spite of her genuine appeal and accessibility.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    With a cast this gifted, some of the throwaway jokes stick, but when Along Came Polly goes for its biggest, grossest laughs, the strings show well in advance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Disappointing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The brain trust responsible in part for last year's "The Cat In The Hat," Eurotrip seems like the result of a particularly half-hearted brainstorming session.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Contains all the elements of a satisfying teen genre picture, but they've been compromised out of existence.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    For all the film's aggressive crosscutting, the individual stories would work just as well apart as together, because they pack less cumulative power when yoked awkwardly into one sweeping statement.

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