For 1,698 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Her
Lowest review score: 0 United Passions
Score distribution:
1698 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Meticulous and immersive, Meek's Cutoff feels like history in three dimensions.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Tobias
    Coogler isn’t exactly an invisible hand. He pokes and prods his audience at every turn: Neither the false moments nor the powerful ones leave much mystery about how we’re supposed to feel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    It's the definition of a film meant to be admired more than loved, but Desplechin's fierce intelligence and uncompromising sense of character come through, as does some of the sharp wit and stylistic flourishes left over from his last film, 2004's "Kings And Queen."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    There's none of the poetry of "For All Mankind," just visual support for a meat-and-potatoes recap of events that have already been chewed over plenty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Quietly asserts its eccentric romanticism with an assured, matter-of-fact blend of humor and pathos.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Scott Tobias
    It's a little disappointing to see Van Sant dial back into mainstream respectability. Had he evoked Harvey Milk's life with the poetry that he did Kurt Cobain's, Milk might have been something special.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Trier doesn't allow the bleakness of the material to swamp the film in a miserablist tone, but he doesn't hold back, either, in revealing every hairline crack in Lie's fragile psyche.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    Though frequently dazzling, Kings And Queen proves that a bunch of punchy singles don't necessarily make an album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Old Joy doesn't try for too much, but its subtle victories leave plenty to savor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Writer-director Charles Sturridge doesn't mess with the Lassie formula--he provides plenty of dog-porn shots of the collie bounding through scenery in slow motion--but the overqualified cast puts the film over the top.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Even as The Quiet American loses focus and urgency, Caine's performance keeps the doomed spirit of Greene's hero intact.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Bujalski's brand of stylized dialogue sounds genuinely fly-on-the-wall.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Stray Dogs evokes the whole of Tsai’s filmography, but also pays off his collaboration with Lee, who shows a side of himself that’s been hidden away for all these years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    An inspired, original, and gracefully integrated collaboration of theater and cinema that complements not only both forms, but also the seductive, dreamlike qualities of the source material.
    • 84 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Far from the solemn earnestness of most Holocaust documentaries, Fighter addresses the war and its oft-toxic reverberations with refreshing impudence and candor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    Kaufman strikes just the right balance between playfulness and sincerity, leaping freely from one absurd situation to another before pulling back on the reins.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    The experience is two-thirds thrilling to one-third enervating, a winning ratio for what's essentially a tightly curated anthology film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    The Secret Of The Grain stretches out at the relaxed pace of a seven-course meal, but at the end of it, Kechiche has squeezed the most he can out of percolating dramas within the family and he lets the audience get to know its members without needing to throw them all a subplot.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 0 Scott Tobias
    A tasteless, witless, mindlessly perfunctory bloodbath that has the discourtesy to take itself seriously. Pitting aliens against predators may be the height of frivolity, but God forbid anyone have fun with it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Fantastic Mr. Fox may be his most purely pleasurable film to date, evoking the Dahl books and Rankin-Bass productions that so transported him as a kid.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Edited with an impeccable sense of timing and rhythm, with each new revelation and insight planted at just the right moment, Bus 174 examines an already gripping story from a moving and untold perspective.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Showing the best of humanity and the worst of humanity doesn’t mean denying one in favor of the other; taken together, Salgado’s photographs have the scope and perspective of someone who can genuinely say he’s seen it all.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Though Chop Shop is an American film, it feels more like an Iranian movie or the Dardenne Brothers’ "Rosetta"; Bahrani introduces something like a plot point in the late-going, but he mostly focuses, to riveting effect, on how his young hero hustles and claws through everyday life.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    What makes Raising Victor Vargas so special, beyond its irresistible charisma, is how Sollett and his cast capture the thrill of first love.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    To an equal extent, Project Nim shows the human capacity for cruelty and narcissism as well as compassion and selflessness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Morgen isn’t interested in rehashing the facts and highlights of Cobain’s life and career, or in providing chin-scratching insights via music scholars and other talking heads. He’s made an impression of Cobain, which is a much more intuitive and vital enterprise.

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