For 1,529 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 35 Shots of Rum
Lowest review score: 0 AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem
Score distribution:
1,529 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Denis’ atmospherics, as usual, carry the day.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Ferrara blows up the everyday threat of harassment and violence against women into a magnified force.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Wingard’s direction is a robust throwback to the VHS gorefests of yore, but with a distinctly more modern slickness and snap, and he knows how to play around with the audience.
    • 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
    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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    The thrill of The Overnighters is in witnessing a heartrending payoff that could not be anticipated nor written—and, miraculously, closes the movie on a perfect irony.
    • 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.
    • 89 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Its hero may be on a mission from above, but in a refreshing twist, the fate of mankind rests with the literate.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    If the role brings her more recognition and work, all the better, but Leo certainly isn't lobbying for it. She doesn't show off. She just does what she's always done: Reveals a character for who she is, nothing more, nothing less.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    What distinguishes Goodbye Solo, beyond Savané’s larger-than-life personality bumping up against West’s intractable curmudgeon, is the continued particularity of Bahrani’s work.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    The film gets its distinction from the performances by Cheung and Nolte, whose scenes together are suffused with loss and unexpected mutual compassion.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    If the end justifies the means, it would be hard to deny that the legacy of Alberto Fujimori, the disgraced former President of Peru, is largely triumphant.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Though some of the heated exchanges in Forgiving Dr. Mengele seem awkward and staged, they put Kor at the center of a riveting debate over how best to come to terms with past horrors, and the potential (and limits) of putting them to rest.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Ask The Dust may find Towne a little past his prime, but after so much time in the Hollywood wilderness, it's good to see him trying again.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Watching the Australian coming-of-age film Somersault is a little like watching a fluffy white bunny hop through a minefield, one tiny spring away from becoming tonight's rabbit stew.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    A sampler of novella-length films set in three different time periods and starring the same two actors, Hou Hsiao-hsien's Three Times resembles one of those delicate trios served at fine restaurants, each a fresh interpretation of a common ingredient.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Quite apart from its environmental agenda, the film is a reminder that there's no space for substance in political discourse: A 30-second soundbite on global warming could easily be brushed off as tree-hugging rhetoric, but after 100 minutes of level-headed elaboration, it's chillingly undeniable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    The entertaining new documentary The Heart Of The Game at least acknowledges many of the same conflicts that arose in Hoop Dreams, even though it's really more about two outsized personalities and their infectious passion for the sport.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Elegantly scripted by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Auburn, The Lake House never establishes any clear rules about how and when these strands of time can intertwine, but it succeeds at forging a bond between people who only know each other on the page.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Singer's reverence for the 1978 version edges perilously close to mimicry, as if he has no new ideas to bring to the table, but he succeeds in drawing out the Superman myth with simple power and a refreshing absence of irony.