For 1,600 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 Lake of Fire
Lowest review score: 0 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Score distribution:
1,600 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    His outrageous, self-destructive journey lands him in a place just as ironic as Rupert Pupkin’s in "The King Of Comedy," but it’s haunting and mysterious, too, reflecting the dream that consumes his life.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    While Raimi’s Stooges aesthetic — which was really more prominently displayed in the sequels than in 1981’s The Evil Dead — isn’t played up here, there’s enough outrageous unreality to make the brutality go down a little easier. It isn’t quite a cartoon, but it’s close enough.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Scott Tobias
    Still, there’s no doubt that To The Wonder is a fans-only proposition, continuing Malick’s evolution (or devolution, for some) from the narrative grounding of "Badlands" to much more abstract, poeticized notions of the human condition.
    • 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
    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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    In keeping with his concept that the mind and the body are inseparable, Sade builds to an extraordinarily powerful centerpiece when the two come together, fusing fear and desire, pleasure and pain, innocence and enlightenment.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Immensely likable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Though Cronenberg makes some creepy insinuations, eXistenZ is more effective as a black comedy than as a visceral shocker.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    A daring and immediate debut feature for Koshashvili, Late Marriage could lead two likeminded people to opposite conclusions, and that may be its greatest strength.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    A lean, well-contained slice-of-life at 83 minutes, 'R Xmas finds the director making a confident return to the hard-nosed realism on which he's staked his maverick reputation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Emerges as an improbably hopeful tribute to the human spirit.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Even without its bleak and affecting story, Beijing Bicycle would work beautifully as a travelogue alone.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    From his wonderfully idiosyncratic bits of silent comedy at a storefront window to a brilliant one-take of Malkovich watching a calamitous scene unfold, de Oliveira seems determined to exit on his own terms.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    What makes Raising Victor Vargas so special, beyond its irresistible charisma, is how Sollett and his cast capture the thrill of first love.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Though comparisons to "The Blair Witch Project" are inevitable, the impeccable first-person camera technique not only makes sense dramatically, but also facilitates a complex and queasily ambiguous relationship between the conspirators and the audience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    At once bitterly funny and devastating, Lost In La Mancha sides with Gilliam in form and spirit, piecing together the train wreck with snaky humor and interludes that cleverly mimic his Monty Python collage animations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Witherspoon's broad, obsessive comic performance is bound to get the most attention, but Broderick does the best work of his career, finding an affecting spot between the all-purpose defiance of Ferris Bueller and the put-upon foil of his recent work.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Chabrol handles the upended family dynamic beautifully until the final third, when a wildly implausible sequence of events lessens the suspense just as he should be turning the screws.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Though some of Slaughter Rule's conclusions are overly tidy, the film's powerful meditation on masculinity gets much of its credibility and punch from the two leads, especially Morse, a reliable character actor who sinks his teeth into a role with heavy physical and psychological demands.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Morvern Callar not only attempts to reveal an interior life, usually the province of novels, but also focuses on the interior life of a woman who refuses to open up to anyone.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Riveting testimonial.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Siegel is almost too tasteful, nearly to the point where his coming-of-age story loses color and purpose. But he finds a mesmerizing presence in Ambrose, a terrific young actress who carries the film without a second of showiness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    In keeping with Hong Kong's style-as-substance tradition, Fulltime Killers is beyond reproach.

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