For 1,614 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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Silent Light
Lowest review score: 0 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Score distribution:
1,614 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Its dense mysteries remain more tantalizing than distancing: No other director integrates the creepy with the cerebral quite like Cronenberg. (Review of DVD 9/13/04)
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Lucas' beautiful script and a trio of first-rate performances carry the material with an intermittently breathtaking urgency.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    An impeccable minimalist drama that's tailored specifically to Devos' expressive capabilities, which say more than the sparse dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    It's not the artistry of X-Men: First Class that's particularly striking; though it's finely crafted, the film feels less the product of a visionary director than of the Marvel movies machine working at maximum efficiency.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Wiseman's fragmented approach misses the continuity of the show, which mixes erotic dance with comedy, magic and even a little soft shoe, and tells an overarching story that Crazy Horse never quite communicates. Yet there's more than enough compensation in the scenes Wiseman does catch.
    • NPR
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Writer-director Michael K. Roskam takes his time in revealing why Jacky needs to shoot up, but that LaMotta restlessness is unmistakable - this bull here can rage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    One of the big reasons Flight is so satisfying is that it moves with the no-frills, meat-and-potatoes conventions of a first-rate procedural while being awash in ambiguity.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    At bottom, though, Happy People celebrates the hard-won freedoms that living in the Taiga offers those who are willing to confront its challenges. There are few places on the planet where the strictures of society don't apply, and the trade-off for fending off bears and minus-50-degree weather is the opportunity to lead a pure, solitary life.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    For as long as Park and Wasikowska keep it burbling, it's an intoxicating brew.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    A Touch Of Sin stumbles in the coda, which makes the themes embedded in its title too explicit, but it’s a bold, invigorating statement from a director who keeps reinventing himself.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Denis’ atmospherics, as usual, carry the day.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Viewers can walk away with something more precious than factoids: an emotional, aesthetically striking experience that cuts more deeply than words. And if they crave more information, that’s what the Internet is for.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Narco Cultura makes it abundantly, forcefully clear that the illicit business of narcocorridos thrives on the illicit business of cartels—and business is still booming.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Ferrara blows up the everyday threat of harassment and violence against women into a magnified force.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Seidl has made an insightful film that’s more about the trials of a young woman’s coming of age than about being overweight.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    As reticent as Nathan is to cast explicit judgment, the film shows the tragic impasse between a street culture that’s reckless and provocative, and a police force that exacerbates the problem with heavy-handed tactics.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    As much as any documentary since Errol Morris’ A Brief History Of Time, Particle Fever excels at expressing advanced scientific theory through graphics that are simple, attractive, and utterly approachable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Like Blood Simple, Blue Ruin deals in crimes of passion, carried out by human beings who are flawed yet tragically relatable—one is about mopping up the blood, the other about the impossibility of stanching the flow.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Ida
    Ida’s piercing intimacy makes the deepest impression, but its vision is deceptively wide-reaching despite a scale that’s deliberately pared-down and small.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Night Moves is a film of deliberate, gnawing intensity and focus, built around a Jesse Eisenberg performance that doesn’t give much away, at least not easily.
    • 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.

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