For 1,549 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 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Lowest review score: 0 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Score distribution:
1,549 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    The film belongs to Linney, whose caustic putdowns and status-seeking veneer barely hides her genuine hurt over her husband's philandering and her distant relationship to her own child. No doubt her diaries would be more compelling than the nanny's.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    With Douglas, the film's shambling charms slowly catch hold, thanks mainly to his personal magnetism.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Whatever the case, We Own The Night plays like a masterpiece because it skillfully appropriates actual masterpieces, not because it earns the label on its own merits.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    It's a fittingly loose, shambling little nothing of a comedy that's occasionally inspired, but at least a draft or two short of its potential. Still, it's a pleasure to watch Faris--a gifted, likeable comedian who tends to be the best element of many terrible movies.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Intimate, moving documentary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Put simply, the film excels most at not being awful.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    To a degree, the dynamic between Brosnan and Cooper resembles Aaron Eckhart and Matt Malloy's relationship from "In The Company Of Men."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Flight was commissioned by producers overseas, and it feels similarly, impeccably slight.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Wong's visions of a New York café, a Memphis bar, and a Vegas casino--not to mention the swaths of beautiful country in the Southwest--have that enveloping quality that make his films so persistently seductive. The natives should feel flattered.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Segel has always played more a serial monogamist than a horndog, and his earnest, self-deprecating screen persona graces the film's crudest moments with a kind of innocence.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    The big payoff, of course, is Neil Patrick Harris reprising his role as "Neil Patrick Harris."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    A sort of distracted, freewheeling form of inquiry and observation drives Encounters At The End Of The World, a loosely constructed documentary that seems to have been made on a whim.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    It's the definition of a film meant to be admired more than loved, but Desplechin's fierce intelligence and uncompromising sense of character come through, as does some of the sharp wit and stylistic flourishes left over from his last film, 2004's "Kings And Queen."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Special recalls a minor-key "Donnie Darko," but its vision is much more limited, and it sinks into Indiewood cliché whenever it reaches for profundity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Mostly, Nothing But The Truth operates a lot like Billy Ray's "Shattered Glass" and "Breach," offering up the sort of no-nonsense, meat-and-potatoes docudrama that's in short supply these days.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    The entries aren't equally strong, of course, but each comes from a sharp outsider's perspective, approaching Tokyo as a strange, mysterious organism that infects the populace.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    American Swing could use the flair of similar portraits of disco-era debauchery like "Boogie Nights" or "Inside Deep Throat," but it’s even-handed in capturing the operation’s ambition and hubris. Just don’t bring an appetite.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Director Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) doesn't always have a firm handle on what is and isn't appropriate; the film makes a few sharp detours into misogyny, and the level of smuttiness is surprisingly high, which may be a function of Efron wanting to grow away from his core audience too fast.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    On one level, it's a down-market Star Wars-inspired shoot-'em-up for kiddies; on another, it's a radical alien invasion story where the HUMANS are the aliens.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    It's the product of a great dreamer and aesthete, rather than an authentic emotional experience--a gorgeous, crystalline bauble that really catches the light.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Love stories don’t come much squirmier than this one, and Alvarez plays it with honesty, insight, and the awkwardness inherent in this blindest of blind dates.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Hill, dialing back on the pissy vulgarity of his supporting roles in "Knocked Up" and "Funny People," makes the perfect foil, as passive and impressionable as Brand is reckless and impulsive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Builds to a key point about the consequences of democracies fighting terrorism by erasing its central tenets, but in doing so, it doesn't underplay the horrors wrought by Guzmán's organization.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Rulfo's simple strategy of sticking close to his subjects and allowing them to wax philosophical about their lives and labors pays off.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Severance still seems a few rewrites away from living up to its potential, but it's remarkable how much just a modicum of wit can spice up the standard backwoods slice-and-dice. Scaring people with a horror film is easy; entertaining them takes a little skill.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    It's an enormous scoop for a Western filmmaker, but a potentially compromising one, too. How much can a filmmaker challenge the dubious elements of Dresnok's story? At what point can the film be considered an unwitting propaganda tool for an oppressive, totalitarian system?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Chabrol develops the inevitable confrontation between the two men like a car wreck in slow motion, and getting there takes a little more work than it should; the film takes the form of a thriller, but it doesn't have the pace of one.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Baratz’s apparent willingness to accept everything at face value papers over some of the more troubling aspects of Tenzin’s mission, but Unmistaken Child allows the mysteries of the process to be preserved without judgment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Lourdes starts from the unexpected position of believing miracles are possible, but it doesn’t paper over the religious and practical problems they raise--for the blessed and bereft alike.

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