For 1,549 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points higher 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:
1,549 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    Alejandro González Iñárritu is a pretentious fraud, but it’s taken some time to understand the precise nature of his fraudulence.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 20 Scott Tobias
    Debrauwer's characterization is as sharp and incisive as a butter knife.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 20 Scott Tobias
    Despite her healthy fan base, Notorious C.H.O. looks like the dead-end to a limited repertoire.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Scott Tobias
    The only rational explanation for how an abysmal no-budget film like Cavite could get released theatrically is that its makers, co-writer/directors Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana, have come up with a from-the-headlines hook too big to deny.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Scott Tobias
    Directed without a shred of imagination by Denzel Washington -- Antwone Fisher masks a behind-the-scenes story that's far more inspiring than the phony uplift that makes it onto the screen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 33 Scott Tobias
    The whole thing is rigged for crowd-pleasing payoffs - a bit about chocolate pie gets more mileage than a Prius - and those payoffs are about honoring white viewers for not being horrible racists. Kudos to them.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    The impression left by Harmontown is that the podcast and the tour are feeding the beast, worsening a pathology that casts him as the “mayor” of whatever stage he happens to be occupying at the moment.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    Between the loaded conversations and metaphors, and the phony overlay of a children's fairy tale, The Playroom can't stop telegraphing themes and interpreting itself. There's nothing left for the audience to do.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Scott Tobias
    Deeply personal and deeply silly.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 35 Scott Tobias
    Produced in partnership with YouTube and distributed by National Geographic Films, the documentary Life in a Day is offspring with the worst genetic traits of both: narcissism on a global scale, speckled with pretty pictures. In a world without books or magazines, this is the movie people would watch in the waiting room at the dentist's office.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Scott Tobias
    Swarming with zombies on both sides of the camera, the film is unrelentingly relentless, leaving no room for original director George Romero's wry satire on consumerism or his slow-paced, creeping undead.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 10 Scott Tobias
    Represents apple-pie mythmaking at its most insidiously thoughtless.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Scott Tobias
    Inept.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    Chadha doesn't seem at home with either Austen or Bollywood, and her ambitions far exceed her competence in the song-and-dance numbers, which are a clutter of stiff choreography and silly original lyrics.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    LaPaglia brings the hero into a world of greed and compromised values, but his fork-tongued monologues aren't remotely seductive, which makes the ending a foregone conclusion.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Scott Tobias
    Though he commits to a lot of embarrassing silliness, Murphy projects so little genuine warmth that his transformation barely registers.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    Everly tries to patch together a profile out of borrowed news clips and shoddy videography. In the process, Frank's charisma and force never emerge.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Scott Tobias
    Sports movies have a long, troubled history of well-meaning white paternalism, with poor black athletes finding success through white charity. But The Blind Side, based on Michael Lewis’ non-fiction book, finds a new low.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Scott Tobias
    Even with a wild card like Black desperately retooling his lines, there's nothing authentic or personal about The Holiday--it's as chilling as heart-warmers get.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    There's no forgiving the home-movie slackness of Greendale for its numbing dearth of imagination.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 33 Scott Tobias
    On balance, more dignity is lost than gained.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Scott Tobias
    It's hard to fathom what they intended for this forgettable group of lonelyhearts, other than to choreograph a whopping 14 happy endings at once--all of them forced, none of them earned.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 33 Scott Tobias
    Spacey has made a career out of projecting the smarmy elitism of the powerful, but Casino Jack is so painfully clunky that he gets dragged down along with it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 33 Scott Tobias
    Nowrasteh constantly overplays his hand, not realizing that some horrors speak for themselves.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 33 Scott Tobias
    Disney has once again constructed a digital environment out of cutting-edge special effects, only this time, it isn't merely silly; it's as dry and talky as a PBS panel show.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Scott Tobias
    Includes a few half-hearted ironies about how people are really serving dogs, not the other way around, but even those gags are cribbed from a retired Seinfeld routine.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Scott Tobias
    Four Brothers regresses into gallows comedy, rampant misogyny, and one preposterous Hollywood action setpiece after another.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 33 Scott Tobias
    No doubt the list of talent involved in this remake sounded great, but the project hasn't been thought through as anything more than an arch exercise in style. And even in that trifling end, it fails utterly.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    Channels Toback in his purest form, which will probably be a treat for auteurists and a headache for just about everyone else.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Scott Tobias
    Major characters drop in and out of sight, WWII begins and ends without much fanfare, and full decades pass in the space of a few cuts.

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