For 1,679 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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Knocked Up
Lowest review score: 0 Fireproof
Score distribution:
1679 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    It's a triptych of erotic-themed short films directed by contemporary giants Wong Kar-wai and Steven Soderbergh, and nonagenarian master Michelangelo Antonioni. But the auteurist feast turns out to be a paltry spread, with one director on autopilot, another playing it safe, and the last apparently working on assignment for the European "Red Shoe Diaries."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    It makes a persuasive argument — which it makes easier by not allowing any counterargument — but it’s unpersuasive as a piece of filmmaking. In laying out its case, it’s manipulative and dull by turns.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    While it's admirably perverse for a "killer-tire movie" to be this snooty, it's about half as clever as it thinks it is.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Leave it to Giamatti to bring gravitas to the fat guy in the red suit; he's naturally the straight man in the sibling duo, but whenever Fred Claus goes for the heartstrings, he's the only one capable of plucking in tune.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    If Porter's songs are so timeless, why does the movie sound like something that might have played on VH1 five years ago?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Tacked onto a perfectly respectable thriller, Unknown's mass of unlikely turns and implausible reveals make the whole film seem retroactively less sophisticated.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    None of it sticks, but with the door left open for a third Men In Black movie, the one advantage of forgetting everything is not knowing exactly what's coming two summers from now.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Essentially the same heartwarming goo about three generations of men quarreling and bonding, with Kirk just as feisty as ever.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The lack of authenticity underlines the thinness of their conceit: Without a plausible backdrop, all that's left of Love Crime are the power games between two duplicitous women and the serpentine plotting that results. And even that, under the slightest scrutiny, frays like a thin layer of tissue paper.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The big names don't do needy as well as "Big Love's" Ginnifer Goodwin.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Whenever Rappeneau stays close to Adjani, the film briefly soars on her giddy self-absorption--particularly in the first hour, when it hasn't been sullied by misfortune. But ultimately, the big stars are just window dressing for an expensive nothing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Avatar is a weak patchwork of his other films: the leaden voiceover from "Terminator 2" here, the military/civilian conflict from "Aliens" there, even a Jack-and-Rose-style forbidden love story cued to adult-contempo soundtrack.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    At best, it's a light, boisterous little confection, but hasn't Hugh Grant already starred in this film a few times?
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    It’s a slickly packaged, proficient thriller first, political statement a distant, speck-on-the-horizon second.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    This is a loud, ugly, foul comedy whose shortcomings extends far into the supporting cast.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Ristovski wants the plight of a bullied moppet to serve as a sweeping metaphor for Macedonian struggle, but his miserablist excesses have the effect of converting realism into a graphic cartoon.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    While not quite a red herring, the corporate stuff serves as a prelude to a long-winded and mostly embarrassing treatise on alternative lifestyles and filial responsibility.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    The songs are fine; the slaughter is sub-standard.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    What's Your Number? trades in the sort of hard-R crudity that's become standard since "The Hangover," but the added explicitness doesn't make it any less artificial a contraption.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Zips along on smooth formula plotting and some energetic performances, but its farcical elements have the tepid rhythm of a bad situation comedy, with silly misunderstandings and embarrassing moments that could have easily been avoided.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Though woefully oblique and underdeveloped, writer-director Tim McCann's Revolution #9 attempts the difficult task of burrowing into the fractured mind of a modern man who loses his grip on reality.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Writer-director Katrin Gebbe rubs viewers’ faces in this dog dish of a film, with the promise that some sliver of transcendence will redeem it. But it’s all dog dish.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    There are mysteries and ambiguities aplenty about Armstrong and the current state of professional cycling, but Gibney has trouble accessing them without getting in his own way.

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