For 1,679 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Safe
Lowest review score: 0 From Justin to Kelly
Score distribution:
1679 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Though Law and Kidman spend much of the movie apart, Minghella and ace editor Walter Murch arrange their interweaving subplots like a running dialogue between two lovers, each compelled to survive on the thin hope that they'll be reunited.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Millennium Mambo is a resolutely minor work, so enveloped in ennui that it never gets past the surface of things. But those surfaces are remarkable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Gives the impression of spontaneity while being meticulously planned. Most importantly, Steers and Culkin know that the best way to evoke sympathy is never to beg for it; by the end, their achievement seems hard-won.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Dramatically leaps through time, covering months or sometimes years in the span of a single cut. The effect is jarring and exhilarating, but it also bucks the common idea that relationships deepen over time.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Even as The Quiet American loses focus and urgency, Caine's performance keeps the doomed spirit of Greene's hero intact.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Posed somewhere between a fairy tale and harsh reality, the film pulls off a daring feat by turning Blancan into an almost abstract monster as a way of getting into the deeply unhealthy situation that created him.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    3-Iron gains its hypnotic power by observing these characters through a slight remove. With total command of his effects, Kim transforms an already peculiar romance into something as otherworldly as a ghost story.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Flaws and all, Dark Blue has a combustible energy that's usually anathema to Hollywood, reopening an old wound that has festered too quietly for more than a decade.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Nemes does everything he can to connect the audience to Saul's numbness, shielding us as much as possible from the cacophony of human misery that rings in his ears. The chill seeps in regardless, as it should, and Nemes doesn't try to counter it with more than a tiny, stubborn flicker of hope.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    The action sequences are choreographed with the crackerjack timing expected from Pixar, but the film's funniest and most affecting moments exploit the tension between a special family and a world that insists on dulling them down.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    In accounting for Almodóvar's identity as an artist and a man, Bad Education comes together like a bold and far-reaching summation of his career to date.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    In keeping with Hong Kong's style-as-substance tradition, Fulltime Killers is beyond reproach.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    If there’s anything worth extrapolating from The Tribe, it isn’t the deaf experience so much as recognizing our own tendencies to conform to certain unspoken laws. The more insular a society, the more severe the consequences of rebellion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    It would be enough for The Babadook to get by on scares alone—the eponymous spook is eminiently franchise-able—but Kent doesn’t give the audience that kind of distance. Her agenda is more personal.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    It takes an uncommon talent to keep the mundane from seeming inert, and through Solnicki’s lens, the absence of outer conflict doesn’t mute the turmoil within.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    At times, Goldsworthy's philosophy edges into fuzzy New Age-isms, but with an ever-widening gulf separating humans from their environment, his work demonstrates the enlightening pleasures of reconnecting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Smith delights in these offbeat personalities and their jerry-rigged accoutrements, but the real joy in the film comes from the happy interaction between the subjects and their creations.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    The incendiary Dogville confirms the director's sadistic knack for locating his characters' (and his audience's) soft spots and prodding them for a singular emotional experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    With ruthless efficiency and wit, Kahn ratchets up unbearable tension and releases it in startlingly visceral fashion, but his placid denouement is the most chilling scene of all.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    It may not have been what the producers had in mind, but they asked for a Paul Schrader movie, and that's exactly what he delivered.

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