For 1,710 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Amour
Lowest review score: 0 Bruce Almighty
Score distribution:
1710 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    Impossible to swallow as truth, this Rambo treatment is equally hard to enjoy as escapism.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    A major disappointment that lacks the courage to follow through on its premise's themes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    It reduces a large cast to an unwieldy collection of simpletons and caricatures.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 33 Scott Tobias
    The emotions at play in Bella are no doubt heartfelt--and must have resonated with a few hundred people, anyway--but they're so cut-and-dried that the mawkish script virtually writes itself.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 33 Scott Tobias
    Bratt’s character is stuck in old ways of thinking, and the movie, for all its well-meaning social intent, is right there with him.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 33 Scott Tobias
    Cody’s script fails in the fundamentals.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    In reviving the beloved Disney property, Robinson attempts to resuscitate the fast-motion shots and sub-Three Stooges physical comedy of classic Herbie, but the new model seems distantly related to the innocent, peppy little car of old.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 0 Scott Tobias
    It will always be "too soon" for Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, which processes the immense grief of a city and a family through a conceit so nauseatingly precious that it's somehow both too literary and too sentimental, cloying yet aestheticized within an inch of its life.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Scott Tobias
    Baruchel and Eve never shed that awkward first-date chemistry, which speaks less to their talents or the possibilities of mismatched romance than to a movie that forces them together like animals being mated in captivity.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 0 Scott Tobias
    Even the most narcissistic jerk, like the one played by Jim Carrey in the loathsome comedy Bruce Almighty, would be expected to dream up untold pleasures for himself, acting as a self-serving genie with infinite wishes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    Saw
    Though dumber than a box of rocks, Saw forges ahead with the kind of conviction and energy that will keep bad-cinema junkies sitting bolt upright.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    The trouble with Black Or White is that it feels reverse-engineered, as if Binder wanted to deliver one big statement about race, and rigged an entire movie to make that possible.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Scott Tobias
    Stranding an able supporting cast in mostly disposable roles--including Jacqueline Bisset, Mary Kay Place, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Amber Benson--Cox writes himself into several corners, then plots honking contrivances to get out of them.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Scott Tobias
    The words "florid" and "inert" are not quite antonyms, but it would nonetheless seem impossible for those two adjectives to apply to the same thing. And yet here comes The Paperboy, a swamp noir so spectacularly incompetent that even the ripest pulp attractions are left to rot in the sun, flies buzzing lazily around them.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Scott Tobias
    Currently stopping by theaters briefly en route to DVD, the film tries to position Jameson as the next Linnea Quigley, the B-movie queen behind such enduring titles as "Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers" and "Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Scott Tobias
    Though he labors endlessly to account for her behavior, which is explained away by flashbacks to her decadent parents and a glamorous mother-figure played under Vaseline lens by an uncredited Sandra Bullock, Bacon fails to make her seem human.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Scott Tobias
    The characters in The Burning Plain are so narrowly defined by tragedy that they reveal no other facets of humanity.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    Though serviceable as a primer on Soviet history under Stalin, the film's sloppy assemblage of dull interviews and stock footage never comes close to illuminating a life that the Russian people have long cherished as a precious enigma.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Scott Tobias
    Estela Bravo's disgraceful documentary Fidel could have been financed by the man himself.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Scott Tobias
    There isn’t a whiff of humility or self-deprecation to Clay, Roque, Jensen, Cougar, and Pooch, a collection of black-ops douchebags and our ostensible heroes.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Scott Tobias
    Perhaps someday, in the greatest twist of all, Shyamalan will be remembered as the Hitchcock of the early 21st century. Until then, movies like Devil will be misunderstood as schlock.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 33 Scott Tobias
    The indie rom-com/sitcom L!fe Happens is a case study in how bad movies can turn an ordinary, relatable situation into a grotesque distortion with only a passing resemblance to the way actual human beings live and interact with each other.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Scott Tobias
    Director Rob Whitehair doesn't do much to complicate what's essentially a promotional featurette for Wiede and Tucker's Wild Sentry organization, presenting the anti-wolf faction as rabid, irrational, and extreme. But he can't be blamed for wanting to stoke the drama a little: Without it, True Wolf would be a lesson in the care and feeding of an exotic pet.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    The only redeeming moments come from Walken, whose assured, effortless screen presence stands out from his faceless co-stars. Taped to a leather chair and bleeding profusely from a severed finger, he's still the most powerful person in the room.

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