Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 71% Felix & Meira (2015) "Félix And Meira has the somber tone of a romance couched in painful sacrifice, but there's also sweetness and joy in Meira slowly emerging from her shell. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 15, 2015
2.5/5 48% True Story (2015) "Goold has made a stolid, well-acted, intelligent drama that respects the complications of Finkel and Longo's storytelling agendas without bringing them to life. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 15, 2015
3/5 67% Class of 1984 (1982) "There's no point in decrying the film's risible politics, especially when it's just an enjoyable relic of Reagan-era paranoia and generational hostility. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 13, 2015
2.5 29% The Longest Ride (2015) "Sparks' perverse need for love to be perfect-even if it takes cancer to make it happen-becomes The Longest Ride's undoing. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/5 100% Rebels of the Neon God (2015) "Its relatively conventional approach (including a recurring musical theme!) doesn't obscure the beautiful, enigmatic tone that's long set Tsai apart. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 8, 2015
2.5/5 31% Lost River (2015) "Lost River comes across as the work of a poseur, but it's not that far away from being the striking, left-field cult vision Gosling clearly hoped it would be. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 8, 2015
4.5/5 100% About Elly (2015) "It's further confirmation of Farhadi's peerless skills as a dramatist, with a special talent for drawing prismatic meaning from simple premises. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 8, 2015
4.5/5 91% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "It's a great meta-commentary on contemporary moviemaking, with Assayas making keen observations about celebrity, blockbusters, gossip culture, and the next generation of actresses. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 8, 2015
1/5 14% Electric Slide (2015) "Electric Slide turns a pulpy story into a turgid, humorless, undernourished slog. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 81% Ned Rifle (2015) "There are wonderful stretches in Ned Rifle when his flat, affected, hyper-literate dialogue pings just as strongly as it did in his 1990s prime. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2015
3/5 62% 5 to 7 (2015) "It has a bright, literate charm that's hard to resist, thanks to the scattered witticisms in Levin's script, a deftly managed tone, and fine performances across the cast. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2015
3/5 67% Best Seller (1987) "Best Seller wouldn't amount to much without Woods' foul, sadistic, gleefully profane edge. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 30, 2015
4/5 94% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "In lesser hands, The Salt Of The Earth could have been indistinguishable from a magazine or online multimedia profile, with no specific life as a film. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3.5/5 73% Welcome To New York (2015) "With Depardieu's intensely physical performance at its core, Welcome To New York achieves a level of intimacy that's rare for films about public figures. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 25, 2015
3.5/5 87% The Sure Thing (1985) "The Sure Thing succeeds most in identifying the self-effacing charm that would become Cusack's stock-in-trade as a young romantic lead. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 23, 2015
3.5/5 90% Jauja (2015) "At its most powerful, Jauja suggests the surreal Western violence of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian in the way Alonso gradually folds the action into a waking nightmare. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/5 83% Spring (2015) "Spring is refreshingly sincere and emotionally direct in addressing his confusion and grief, her standoffishness, and the hiccups in their relationship. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 18, 2015
3.5/5 88% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "The beauty of Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter comes from the Zellners treating a silly, whimsical premise with utmost seriousness. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 18, 2015
2/5 19% Serena (2015) "The biggest problem is that it's all bones and no flesh, so busy combining all the structural elements that go into an award-winner that it has no personality of its own. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 16, 2015
2.5/5 56% Champs (2015) "Champs eventually snaps into focus, backed by testimony from three of the era's greatest "success" stories, but it parries too much to get there. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 11, 2015
4.5/5 95% It Follows (2015) "Mitchell's deft handling of relationships gets threaded into an ingenious and exceedingly skillful creepshow. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 10, 2015
4/5 88% Buzzard (2015) "Potrykus never gets didactic about the class commentary in Buzzard, because Marty's funny/pathetic scams and simmering psychosis draw the attention away from it. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 4, 2015
2/5 86% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) "Kenner has devoted himself to a revelation that isn't much of a revelation-that corporations obfuscate the full truth to protect their interests. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 4, 2015
3/5 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "The film stokes outrage, sometimes shamelessly, but it's righteous outrage. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 2, 2015
3.5/5 56% Focus (2015) "Focus is about the sensation of having your wallet lifted by a pickpocket with nimble fingers. And it's skilled enough to earn the viewer's emptier billfold. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 2, 2015
2/5 38% Ejecta (2015) "Burgess' script has an ingenious structure that leaves the middle of the story blank, but Ejecta doesn't improve by sketching in that central mystery. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 2, 2015
2/5 29% Scream, Blacula, Scream (1973) "Scream Blacula Scream does better than Blacula at playing up Marshall's magisterial power, but gone is the tragedy that underpinned the original. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 2, 2015
2.5/5 50% Blacula (1972) " The placement of an old-fashioned Dracula in a modern black neighborhood is a great idea, but amateurish production leaves Marshall stranded in the film. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 2, 2015
2.5/5 55% My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn (2015) " My Life Directed is mostly disposable, just the sort of home-movie project a restless artist might sketch while stuck in a hotel room for a few months. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 24, 2015
3/5 79% McFarland USA (2015) "In ways large and small, McFarland USA recognizes the problems inherent in the "white savior" premise and does what it can to address them, to surprisingly affecting ends. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 23, 2015
4/5 100% Approaching the Elephant "Though Approaching The Elephant is speckled with subtle commentary, much of it comic, the film's tone is one of sympathetic observation. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 18, 2015
4/5 73% Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) "Though Kiss Me, Stupid has the structure and comic beats of a classic bedroom farce, it's an overwhelmingly cynical assessment of male jealousy and exploitation. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 18, 2015
1.5/5 23% White Rabbit (2015) "White Rabbit simply doesn't arrive at a convincing diagnosis for Harlon, much less any insight into the culture that gives rise to killers like him. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3/5 59% The Last 5 Years (2015) "If there's any thought to the screen musical being revived as more than a Broadway brand extension, Kendrick makes the emphatic case that she's the star it should be built around. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 11, 2015
5/5 96% Don't Look Now (1973) "The film isn't easy to classify-it's a psychodrama that occasionally sharpens into blood-curdling horror-but the experience of watching it is deeply unsettling . " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 9, 2015
B+ 94% Friday Night Lights: Season 2 (TV, 2007-2008) "I think the writers have done a fine job setting the table for Season Two and providing those lovely little moments that continue to set the show apart. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 6, 2015
2.5/5 13% Seventh Son (2015) "Bodrov's ability to put this junky material through the paces can only cloak its inadequacies for so long-right up to the point where Seventh Son teases a sequel. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3.5/5 96% 1971 (2015) "Even if it doesn't quite qualify as breaking news, 1971 certainly has the urgency of the past speaking to the present. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 4, 2015
2/5 30% Mad As Hell (2015) "There's a promotional bent to Mad As Hell that whiffs more of branding than rigorous documentary filmmaking. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 4, 2015
2/5 13% The Loft (2015) "Whatever fun there might be in the guesswork is wiped away by the realization that Van Looy has made a puzzle for a puzzle's sake, to no discernible thematic end. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 30, 2015
1.5/5 37% Black or White (2015) "The L.A. of Black Or White is so absurdly synthetic and divorced from the real world that a stiff breeze could blow the whole thing into the Pacific. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 29, 2015
4/5 99% Timbuktu (2015) " Even when the film tips over into violence, Sissako never denies the hostile occupiers their humanity, even when the traits they represent are jealousy, pettiness, and hypocrisy. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 28, 2015
2/5 35% Everly (2015) " There isn't much music to be made by mashing the same couple of notes, and the lack of variation gets to be a grind. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 26, 2015
1/5 13% Mortdecai (2015) "The jokes are astonishingly unfunny, splitting the cast between those desperate to please, and those looking to slip off with most of their dignity intact. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 26, 2015
3/5 91% Mommy (2015) "Though Dolan is guilty of inhaling the fragrance of his own artistry, his unfiltered sincerity is often piercing and never less than riveting, even when it's all too much to take. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 22, 2015
2/5 18% Manny (2015) "Manny stays entirely on the surface of Pacquiao's life and of a sport that's rife with dirty dealing and chicanery. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 20, 2015
4.5/5 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) "It's a funny, insightful, extraordinarily beautiful love story about the generosity and compromise needed to sustain a long-term relationship. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 20, 2015
2.5/5 33% Blackhat (2015) "Where his previous films functioned as elegant, skillful genre pieces, Blackhat gets hung up by an abysmal script and a trio of miscast actors in the lead roles. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/5 80% Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga) (2008) "Östlund's films are like controlled experiments in which he applies some form of intense external pressure and watches how his characters alter their behavior in kind. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/5 80% Play (2011) "Play marks Östlund's extraordinary growth as a stylist. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 15, 2015
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