For 1,604 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Eyes Without a Face [re-release]
Lowest review score: 0 AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem
Score distribution:
1,604 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    A taut, diamond-cut piece of storytelling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    On a deeper level, Haneke tries to reach for political allegory on the French-Algerian War, but the film functions best as a perfectly calibrated thriller, perhaps his most accessible to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Loosely structured around four seasons, Nobody Knows unfolds in a long series of episodes that slowly progress from lightly comic to bracingly sad as the situation deteriorates.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    The result is a powerfully visceral experience that justifies itself almost entirely on surface chops, with striking color composition and a complex sound design that elevates the story to an operatic scale.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    It remains to be seen whether Kill Bill is merely a skilled slice of juvenilia or a pastiche with real emotional and thematic underpinnings, but based on Tarantino's storytelling command in the first half, it's worth giving him the benefit of the doubt.
    • 82 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Though conventional in many respects, it feels like no other boxing film ever made, due largely to Eastwood's unmistakable presence on both sides of the camera.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Does nothing to justify its own existence other than be consistently funny from start to finish.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Beyond theme, however, these stories are united by the agonizing, low-level tension Östlund brings to bear on every scene, which vary in importance, but not in consequences for the characters involved.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Handsomely produced and photographed, which alone distinguishes it from the guerrilla standards of its cut-rate peers, Enron succeeds most by simply making a complex situation graspable, a tall order when the perpetrators are masters of grand-scale deception.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Starlet shows enough of her unbalanced, unsustainable situation to make sense of her connection to Sadie, however frail a ballast her new friend might be. Their need for each other is disarmingly sweet, but far from sticky.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    The fact that Morris applies the same basic methodology to The Unknown Known that he did to the The Fog Of War makes the contrast between the two men meaningful, and says something profound about Rumsfeld, too.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    From the combustible opening-credits sequence, Caan displays a whip-crack sense of timing, pace, and energy that's so rare for a first-time filmmaker that it's tempting to call him a savant.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Morvern Callar not only attempts to reveal an interior life, usually the province of novels, but also focuses on the interior life of a woman who refuses to open up to anyone.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Ferrara blows up the everyday threat of harassment and violence against women into a magnified force.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Goes through its airport-thriller paces with dazzling kinetics and style.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    A big, family-style Italian dinner, catered to the broadest tastes, yet satisfying all the same.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    In its dramatic shift from the real to the allegorical, the ending of Andrey Zvyagintsev's auspicious debut feature The Return is likely to leave many viewers scratching their heads.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    An impeccable minimalist drama that's tailored specifically to Devos' expressive capabilities, which say more than the sparse dialogue.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    It seems like a departure, but soon turns into a Bruno Dumont film—and one of his most rigorous and powerful at that.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Director Tiller Russell doesn’t spin this gripping tale out of cinematic bravado like Scorsese—just extensive interviews with all the people involved, footage of a commission hearing after the fact, and a wealth of stock material on Brooklyn’s East Side. But he paints a vivid picture all the same.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Make no mistake: Rich Hill is a social document, and conclusions can and should be drawn from its beautiful, empathetic portrait of life on the fringes. But Tragos and Palermo content themselves with shining a light and leaving it at that.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Makes heavy demands of even jaded viewers, who are unlikely to stomach de Van's anatomical noodling from the same curious distance. But for the brave, the film's literal journey to find the "I" inside the body moves forward with a riveting single-mindedness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Little about [Östlund’s] work is simple-minded or cut-and-dried. His films marinate in viewer discomfort.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Witherspoon's broad, obsessive comic performance is bound to get the most attention, but Broderick does the best work of his career, finding an affecting spot between the all-purpose defiance of Ferris Bueller and the put-upon foil of his recent work.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Caouette's shattering Tarnation represents a landmark in personal filmmaking: It finally realizes the digital dream of a raw, unsanctioned glimpse into the soul.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    In the wild and consistently surprising Y Tu Mamá También, anything isn't the half of it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Adjusting to Martel's style requires patience, but her indirection pays dividends, culminating in an unforgettable final shot that flies in the face of narrative expectations.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    In keeping with his concept that the mind and the body are inseparable, Sade builds to an extraordinarily powerful centerpiece when the two come together, fusing fear and desire, pleasure and pain, innocence and enlightenment.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    John Woo's smart thriller Paycheck may not intend to be political, but it's marked as much by its era as post-Watergate thrillers like "The Parallax View" or "Three Days Of The Condor."

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