For 1,587 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 Lake of Fire
Lowest review score: 0 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Score distribution:
1,587 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    A beautiful, mysterious, beguiling cinematic doodle, and an absolute master class in mise-en-scène, unfolding in odd, fragmented frames and precisely choreographed movement within those frames.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    Can't help but be deeply engrossing, as it taps into a highly charged atmosphere that one parent dubs "a different form of child abuse."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Miss Bala toes a delicate line between exploitation movie and movie about exploitation, but that's part of what gives the film its charge - this isn't some flaccid docudrama about how the cartels are poisoning the country, it's a lively, white-knuckle thriller where any such proselytizing is reduced to implication.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    After all, the documentary itself stands as a thrilling testament to the fact that art is — and should be — open to interpretation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    Kudlácek rounds up a who's-who of experimental filmmakers, Haitian artists, dance choreographers, archivists, and programmers, all of whom reflect intelligently (though dryly) on Deren's importance in underground cinema.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    The film is less about people or this specific herding ritual than about the majesty of the landscape and the interplay between these animals, their keepers, and the dictates of nature itself.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Few directors are capable of marrying ideas and entertainment—one is often sacrificed for the other—but Spielberg peppers one gripping action setpiece after another with trenchant details about a near-future robbed of the most basic freedoms and privacy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    Beyond The Hills has a rich understanding of the appeals and perils of religious values that provide structure and meaning to some while seeming cruel and irrational to outsiders. It’s a world within a world, and Mungiu peers from a clear window.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    In a sense, Oasis is an unabashed tearjerker, but Lee keeps knocking the melodrama off-balance, making all the big emotional payoffs a little discomforting, because they're not that far removed from something really disturbing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Scott Tobias
    There are times when even its subtleties seem predictable, when it questions dramatic conventions that indie films have already questioned, like the temperament of movie-parents whose children fear coming out of the closet. Yet the film has an abiding sweetness that's ultimately irresistible.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    The Rwandan genocide was one of the most shameful marks on Bill Clinton's presidency, but for all the film's powerful images, George stops short of the forceful political statement that Rusesabagina's story demands.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    For a film about man who spent half his life defying staid convention, Kinsey remains as timid as a choirboy.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    The film deftly sketches a sibling relationship complicated by obligation, guilt, mistrust, and, not least, an abiding love.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Scott Tobias
    What begins as a sophisticated meditation on the meaning of heroism gradually slumps into leaden repetition in the second half, as the point gets watered down and belabored. After such provocative beginnings, the film finally, dutifully raises its hand in salute.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    Under his (McElwee's) watch, the possibilities of a documentary seem to expand by the minute, incorporating not only journalistic truths, but also personal insights and philosophy, unique regional textures, and unexposed pockets of humanity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Like many debut features, Reprise is a foremost a statement of purpose, and in that respect, at least, Trier shows limitless promise.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Tsai's latest, What Time Is It There?, runs his usual themes and obsessions through a whimsical premise worthy of Wong Kar-Wai, striking such an exquisite balance between humor and despair that the moods comfortably coexist, just as they do in real life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    The film satisfies in much the same way Allen's movie-a-year comedies used to satisfy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Bale's live-wire performance typifies the many major and minor elements that elevate The Fighter from the deeply conventional sports movie it might have been into the endearingly offbeat sports movie it turns out to be.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    If The Winslow Boy has a flaw, it's that Mamet's style is impeccable to a fault, too cool and remote to have much of an emotional payoff. But since few directors can even approach his level of precision, that's a very minor complaint.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    At bottom, Silent Light is less about faith than matters of the heart, and in Reygadas' hands, the ache is bone-deep.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Only Lovers Left Alive accomplishes the neat trick of reinventing a moribund genre as a distinctly Jarmuschian hangout movie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    The film is often a rough, searching, unfocused piece of work, but at a minimum, it affirms Bell as a talent to watch both as an actress and a writer-director, one with a strong, developing comedic sensibility.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Schrader has always been better as a writer and a critic than as a dramatist, which is why his most successful work has either been published in film journals or directed by Martin Scorsese. His flat, awkward staging diminishes some good performances -- particularly those of Nolte and a welcome Sissy Spacek.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    A viscerally punishing study of repression and masochism, carried out with the utmost discretion and chilling reserve.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Riveting testimonial.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Scott Tobias
    Let Me In is a beautiful redundancy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    Throughout Keane, there's an unnerving feeling that Lewis is capable of anything, from harming himself to assaulting anyone around him.

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