For 1,631 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Lowest review score: 0 Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike
Score distribution:
1,631 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Moonrise Kingdom is Anderson's most completely satisfying film since the one-two of "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums," in part because it's the perfect distillation of both.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    With Standard Operating Procedure, the Iraq War finally has its Hearts And Minds.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    A singularly beautiful nostalgia piece that radiates with love and sadness, and doesn’t extract one type of feeling from another. It’s a film of aching bittersweetness, impeccably realized, past perfect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    There's a suffocating air to The Deep Blue Sea that makes it harder to access than other period romances of its kind, but Davies aligns himself wholly with Hester.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    4 Months unfolds like one of those street-level Dardenne brothers movies (Rosetta, L'Enfant).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    In terms of scale, The Tree Of Life recalls the mammoth ambition of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," but it's also more intimate and personal than Malick's previous films, rooted in vivid memories of growing up in '50s Texas.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Scott Tobias
    There are times when the title is more a wish than an action - because just as cocaine addicts are forever chasing that first high, there's always the hunger to recapture a lost feeling again, even for those who have spent years in recovery. Pity those who fall off the wagon.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    It isn't particularly original--for one, it owes an unacknowledged debt to the French film "Them"--but as an exercise in controlled mayhem, horror movies don't get much scarier.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Bujalski's brand of stylized dialogue sounds genuinely fly-on-the-wall.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    It's a complex fusion of film history and personal history, filled with dazzling embellishments and unabashed sentiment about the glories of cinema.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    It's mysterious and bold at every turn, and refreshingly removed from the commonplace.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    There's genuine pain at the core of Heidecker's character - or at least a numbness where the pain used to reside - but the film is keen on obscuring it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    It's a righteously nasty piece of work, and a rare example of a movie that traffics in B-movie grime without a trace of "Grindhouse"-style self-consciousness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Though Dick focuses heavily on just a few women, The Invisible War builds to a stunning montage of victim after victim telling their story to the camera without pseudonyms or silhouettes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    McKinney may well be a madwoman, but Morris connects so deeply to her obsessions that the film's tone never seems exploitative or mocking.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Without soft-pedaling it in the least, Bonello nonetheless mourns the passing of a time where prostitutes didn't control their destinies, but at least had each other.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    The beauty of The Class is that it puts the lie to the one-teacher-can-make-a-difference myth propagated by so many other films.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    For the first hour or more, The Hurt Locker boldly forsakes any conventional narrative hook beyond the ongoing tensions between these men and the terrifying grind of defusing bombs day after day.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Carlos is mostly tense and thrilling, revealing the poisonous side of global citizenship.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    As loose and playful as major studio movies get.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Finds connections deeply embedded in a soccer culture fueled by the country's thieving cocaine trade.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Afterschool wears its many influences on its sleeve, but it’s very much a movie of the moment. The passing of time and the evolution of technology may give it an expiration date, but more likely, Campos’ film stands to be an essential document of what it was like to be a young person in the late ’00s.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    A remarkably nuanced, ever-evolving performance (María Onetto).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    The second half of The Kid With A Bike diverges so much from the first that they seem like two different movies - the first a drama about an orphan's search for home, the second a moral thriller about the terrible things all people, no matter their social station, are willing to do in the interest of self-preservation. Both sections are riveting in their own way, and punctuated by startling shocks and bursts of emotion.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    The six men have different personalities that suggest varying styles of leadership, but what's remarkable about The Gatekeepers is how they speak in one voice about the moral complexities of their former jobs and their extreme pessimism about the future.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    It isn't pretty to witness, but the pain of it smarts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Though its procedural goes a little soft in the middle, Gone Baby Gone quietly accumulates in power, leading to one of the more subtly devastating final shots in recent memory.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    In Chéreau's hands, Gabrielle has an operatic quality that throws the repressive environment into sharp relief; the film works like a pressure cooker, seething with bottled passions that intermittently burst through with startling cruelty and violence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    The great Kôji Yakusho stars as a revered samurai who decides that enough is enough, and sets about assembling the assassins of the title like a men-on-a-mission movie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    In truth, Haywire is simply a delivery system for ass-kickings, calibrated to the specific talents of Gina Carano, a former mixed-martial-arts star and American Gladiator whose fists (and feet) of fury can rattle skulls and cave in chests.

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