For 1,597 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:
1,597 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Drifting through time and space without firmly situating the viewer, Iwai's elliptical style requires patience, but also a willingness to be carried along by its gorgeous, dreamy lyricism.
    • 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)
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Has a gentle, hypnotic tone that's insistently sweet and elegiac, in spite of the horrors that overwhelm the frame. In its juxtaposition of the serene and the violent, the beautiful and the brutal, the film achieves a balance that's exquisitely judged, tiptoeing artfully through a cultural minefield.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Much like David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive," which it resembles in more ways than one, Femme Fatale makes a rich bouillabaisse out of De Palma's trademark themes and obsessions, stacking references to the heavens and operating with an internal logic that may take several viewings to fully unpack.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    In the lively exchanges between the titular duo and the technical innovation that links the past to the present, The Lady And The Duke brings the period to life with surprising immediacy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Touching and wise, with fine performances and impeccable widescreen photography, The Rookie is a rare family film that encourages kids to pursue their dreams, but not before giving full weight to the consequences.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Less a story than a situation, the film contends with a difficult transitional period in the lives of its title characters, who face the growing necessity of getting some distance from each other.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Quietly asserts its eccentric romanticism with an assured, matter-of-fact blend of humor and pathos.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    With a lovably cantankerous sense of humor and an honest strain of hard realism and pathos, the film thrives on the tension that comes from an artist who devotes himself to the truth, but watches his image get away from him.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    As Marty continues to run scams, the laughs continue unabated, but the dread only deepens, because we realize he’s a creature of need, capable of anything but empathy. And he’s been pushed to the precipice.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Lucas' beautiful script and a trio of first-rate performances carry the material with an intermittently breathtaking urgency.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Even without all the other complications, Doillon's handling of the language gap alone gives Raja a pungent dramatic edge.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Riveting testimonial.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    When she (Breillat) succeeds, as she does in "Fat Girl" and in the final minutes of Sex Is Comedy, the impact can be overwhelming for filmmaker and audience alike.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Kitano's gentle side reigns in Dolls, a gorgeous meditation on love and devotion, but the film's hypnotic tone and beautifully formalized color scheme makes it unlike anything he's done to date.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    At its best, the film sustains the heightened tension of great science fiction, dropping in on a frightening new world that's just this side of familiar.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Even without its bleak and affecting story, Beijing Bicycle would work beautifully as a travelogue alone.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Every time the pace starts to flag, it coughs up one hilarious left-field interlude after another.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Not since Lukas Moodysson's "Together" has communal living been depicted with such warmth and feeling for the entire ensemble.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    The rare sequel that magnifies the scope of the original without diminishing the fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    More than a slight, pleasant oddity, Hukkle shows Pálfi's keen attunement to the sensual possibilities, both in nature and in cinema.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Though Cronenberg makes some creepy insinuations, eXistenZ is more effective as a black comedy than as a visceral shocker.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    With Scott playing the perfect foil to Leary's exasperated sage, the fantasy sequences are hilariously caustic, but as they accumulate more rapidly, the distinction between real and imagined situations becomes disturbingly vague.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    A joyously demented musical-comedy built on a macabre foundation, like "The Sound Of Music" with a kickline of corpses.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Stunning you-are-there account of a grand swindle in the making. Were the coup not such an outrageous and chilling affront to democracy, their documentary would be a gut-busting comedy along the lines of Woody Allen's "Bananas."

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