For 1,668 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 0.9 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 The Stepfather
Score distribution:
1668 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten could stand to be a tighter, punchier assemblage of music and talking heads, but Pirozzi has gathered an impressive array of surviving musicians and family members willing to talk about the targeting of artists for propaganda and death.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Coming after the inspired trifecta of "Dracula: Pages From A Virgin's Diary," "Cowards Bend The Knee," and "The Saddest Music In The World," Brand feels a little like boilerplate Maddin rather than a fresh burst of inspiration.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Tobias
    The film is little more than an exercise in style, but it's dazzling and mythic, a testament to the fundamental appeal of fast cars, dangerous men, and tension that squeezes like a hand to the throat.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Morris’ film does everything it can to make Hawking’s thinking accessible to a wider audience, and reveal how A Brief History Of Time is as much its author’s story as it is the story of the universe.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Scott Tobias
    The film ends so beautifully that it's easy to forgive the dead passages that preceded it and hope it carries over into his next movie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Under Fresnadillo's assured direction, 28 Weeks Later blurs the line between genre entertainment and a photojournalist's shots of the next urban catastrophe.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Clouds Of Sils Maria is a great midlife crisis film, in other words, and, like Irma Vep, it’s also a great meta-commentary on contemporary moviemaking, with Assayas making keen observations about modern celebrity, screen-devouring blockbusters, Internet gossip culture, and the next generation of actresses, represented here by Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Like many French films of its kind, Private Property remains content to simply observe a situation without tidying up the narrative, which in this case leaves some big questions unanswered. But Lafosse knows that problems that beg for a resolution sometimes don't get one.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    A romantic comedy with jagged edges, Fatih Akin's exhilarating Head-On paves the road to love through miles of prickly thatch.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Those schooled in Eastern European history may have better luck deciphering it, but what keeps it compelling throughout is Loznitsa's direction, which favors sophisticated long takes and particularly suspenseful use of foreground and background action. His next film should be a doozy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    Like a lot of scenes in Funny Ha Ha, the commonplace somehow seems invigoratingly original.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    In the scope of things, Ohwon's story is a route into the larger story of an uncertain and tumultuous period in Korea, and it's here that Chi-hwa-seon loses its grip.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Like other great pastiche artists, Gomes has created a time machine to a cinematic era that never quite existed, so it feels simultaneously borrowed and new.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Malick's powerful intermingling of brutality and beauty, his signature cutaways to indigenous flora and fauna, and the gentle lyricism of his disjunctive narration and painterly images are too rich to fully register in a single viewing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    The miracle of Nolan's Batman trilogy is the way it imprints those myths with the dread-soaked tenor of the times.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    If there’s anything worth extrapolating from The Tribe, it isn’t the deaf experience so much as recognizing our own tendencies to conform to certain unspoken laws. The more insular a society, the more severe the consequences of rebellion.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Sags into a dreary, humorless family melodrama.

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