For 1,801 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Drive
Lowest review score: 0 Bruce Almighty
Score distribution:
1801 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    The overall effect of Heise’s work is mesmeric, persuasive and cumulatively powerful, as each piece of the puzzle falls into place and he lands on overarching insights into a German century and what it portends for the future.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    The film can feel worked-over and schematic, as if Bonello was too preoccupied with serving the thesis to trust his peerless intuition.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Tobias
    Natali whips up an atmospheric frenzy in kind, but every new addition is a subtraction. Two characters condemned to an eternal game of “Marco Polo” is scary enough on its own.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Tobias
    While it was ultimately the songs—You Can Get It If You Really Want, Many Rivers To Cross, Pressure Drop, and the title track, among other classics—that carried the day, The Harder They Come remains a powerful testament to their meaning.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Tobias
    It’s a fatally old-fashioned and lugubrious historical drama, muting the emotional payoff it labors so hard to deliver.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Shin’s film gets tangled up in its own web. ... His film leaves a vivid impression without quite leaving a mark.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Tobias
    There’s no denying the emotional pull of Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s storytelling or the vivid rapture of the images, but “The Elephant Queen” adheres too closely to the parameters of family-friendly nature docs, and the formula doesn’t always serve it well.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Scott Tobias
    Schindel is more interested in suspense gamesmanship for its own sake, and all other provocations fade from the canvas.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Lavant’s performance as a wordless, deranged, bloodthirsty cult leader is the one note of genuine eccentricity and menace in a film that’s mostly devoted to slapstick comedy and decapitation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    While it falls short of its predecessors, the film is generally more confident and inventive than any of the non-Toy Story Pixar sequels.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    Trobisch has made a drama of tragic accommodation — limited not to one woman’s sexual assault, but to the everyday interactions that all women must navigate carefully.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Tobias
    Pritzker and Rothschild’s script feels like such a composite of jazz biopics that its only in the performance sequences, parceled out stingily amid the misery, in which Bolden really comes alive.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Scott Tobias
    The Silence posits a grand evolutionary struggle between mankind and its winged tormentors, but every moment feels like regression.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Shot on three mobile phones, Fazili’s Midnight Traveler is a documentary that feels like a modern-day message in a bottle, an urgent appeal for help from a family that’s still searching for a home.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Tobias
    The message here is that there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for adulthood, but the film doesn’t bear it out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Claire Denis’ grotesque, mesmerizing, one-of-a-kind new science fiction movie.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Tobias
    Zelker’s three-ring circus of digital and social-media content needs a compelling main event, and this movie seems unlikely to inspire many to check out the supplementary materials.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Tobias
    IO
    The dynamic between Sam and Micah shifts the film into romantic melodrama, as lifeless and as chaste as the windswept apocalypse that surrounds them.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Tobias
    First-time director Tom Volf plainly adores Callas — sometimes to a fault — but his film stands as a necessary corrective to decades of bad press. It’s an unalloyed tribute to her as a musical genius who gave all of herself to the public.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Tobias
    Amandla Stenberg carries the magnetism she brought to her breakthrough role in the YA romance “Everything, Everything,” but she’s betrayed by a stilted rendering of a rarely illuminated piece of history.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Tobias
    Tartakovsky’s instincts are to keep the action moving quickly and let one piece of kid-friendly slapstick tumble into the next, but when the jokes are this consistently uninspired, it doesn’t matter how fast they’re dispensed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Compared to the CGI chaos that tends to engulf DCEU and MCU movies, especially in crossover teamups, the clean zip of Pixar animation feels exhilaratingly rare, like a lost language rediscovered.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Tobias
    Newton has made a beautiful little film about sacrifice and redemption, and he earns it one tiny brushstroke at a time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Scott Tobias
    Nothing this absurd should be this boring.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Scott Tobias
    It doesn’t matter what’s real and not real in The Rider. What matters is that it’s true.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Scott Tobias
    Chrisoulakis and screenwriter Guy J. Jackson attempt a violent, moody neo-noir about Tinseltown fringe-dwellers, but their conceit is flimsy and under-realized, grafting a boilerplate heist story onto a bitter commentary about the corrupting forces of the film industry.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Tobias
    Jed Rothstein’s wildly entertaining documentary The China Hustle blows the lid off another multibillion-dollar heist built on complex financial instruments and a whole lot of smoke and mirrors.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Scott Tobias
    Oenophiles may swoon over the delicious native varietals that tease Quinn’s palate, but Railsback’s thin and disorganized documentary doesn’t go down so smoothly.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Tobias
    Vikander doesn’t do much with a character whose chief attribute is earnestness, but Tomb Raider improves once it gets to the island and lets the derring-do take over.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Tobias
    1:54 intends to be a straight-shooting social drama about the multifaceted problem of bullying in the digital age, but it’s out of touch with how real teenagers think and act and communicate. It’s a modern film that feels like a relic.

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