Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Biography:
I see movies, watch DVDs, and read books, then I get paid to write what I think of them. Beats doing stuff.
Favorites:
Top 5 (no order): Sansho The Bailiff, Duck Soup, Tokyo Story, Shoot The Piano Player, Taxi Driver
Publications:
AV Club , Glyphs Film Guide , rec.arts.movies.reviews , The Dissolve , Time Out New York
Critics' Group:
Chicago Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1141
Location:
Chicago

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
74% Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages) (2000) " A searing, structurally ingenious look at racial tension on the streets of Paris." — AV Club
Posted Aug 27, 2014
2/5 36% The November Man (2014) " Though it pulses with the violence and vague international intrigue of the Bourne series-there are shootouts, chase scenes, double crosses, and twists-there's no purpose behind any of this. It's just rug-pulling for its own sake. " — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 27, 2014
4/5 79% Queen Margot (La Reine Margot) (1994) " That's a lot of plot-and plotting-to sort out, and while Chéreau and co-writer Danièle Thompson occasionally fail to explicate it clearly, the center of the film holds strong. " — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 26, 2014
3/5 61% Life Of Crime (2014) " There's nothing especially off about Life Of Crime , which is mostly well-cast and competently orchestrated, but nothing that makes much impression, either. " — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 26, 2014
1.5/5 0% The Prince (2014) " This isn't a passion project for anyone involved. It's a by-the-numbers affair that's landing on the right side of the ledger book. It's about mercenaries on both sides of the camera. " — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 26, 2014
1.5/5.0 18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " When Ladouceur gets offered a contract to coach for a major college, it gets treated like a scene from Faust. That's how goody-two-shoes this movie is" — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3.0/5.0 96% Metro Manila (2014) " For all the images of slum life at its most desperate and violent, Sean Ellis' Metro Manila is an exploitation movie masquerading as social drama." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 20, 2014
3.5/5.0 77% The Expedition to the End of the World (2014) " The tone isn't alarmist, but full of curiosity and perspective, no doubt rooted in the rare privilege of being in this spectacularly beautiful place. " — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 19, 2014
3.5/5.0 88% Abuse of Weakness (2014) " Abuse Of Weakness is the director's attempt to account for actions that seem inexplicable, and make the audience understand and sympathize in kind. " — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 13, 2014
3/5 67% Ragnarok (2014) " Set against spectacular mountains, lakes, and islands in the land of the midnight sun, Ragnarok combines the appeal of the X-marks-the-spot treasure hunt with the shocks of a B-movie creature feature." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 12, 2014
4.5/5 100% Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble (We Won't Grow Old Together) (1972) " The film's emotional and physical violence is startling enough, bluntly realized through Pialat's visual plainspokenness; but his refusal to situate the viewer in time and place has an unsettling effect that's harder to identify. " — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 11, 2014
3/5 68% Web Junkie (2014) " Shlam and Medalia haven't constructed the film particularly artfully... but Web Junkie is a case where the access is so unexpected and revelatory that it's a wonder just to have the footage. " — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 5, 2014
3.5/5 71% The Strange Little Cat (2014) " "...a beautiful, mysterious, beguiling cinematic doodle, and an absolute master class in mise-en-scène, unfolding in odd, fragmented frames and precisely choreographed movement within those frames."" — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 4, 2014
3/5 79% The One I Love (2014) " What question do the filmmakers want people to ask when it's over: "What happened?" or "What does it mean?" Clever and accomplished as it is, The One I Love prompts too much of the former." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 4, 2014
2/5 44% The Calling (2014) " [The cast's] ardent professionalism... helps tamp down the hysteria that might be expected to spring from the premise of a Catholic serial killer. Then again, this grisly murder party could have used some livening up. " — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 4, 2014
4/5 84% Rich Hill (2014) " The film... burrows as deeply into [its subjects'] specific circumstances as possible, with a goal no more or less lofty than making invisible children visible, in all their heartbreaking vulnerability and resilience." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 29, 2014
8% My Boss's Daughter (2003) " The only real physical comedy in My Boss's Daughter comes from Zucker, Dorfman, and Kutcher stumbling over each other, but it's unlikely anyone will laugh." — AV Club
Posted Jul 22, 2014
3.5/5 55% Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot) (2002) " There's a genuine sophistication, both technically and thematically, to what Park is doing in Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 22, 2014
2/5 18% Sex Tape (2014) " A case study in how little interest American movies-and especially American sex comedies-have in dealing with sex as anything other than a source of cheap giggles and nonstop humiliation. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/5 93% Closed Curtain (2014) " Anoher self-reflexive piece of house-arrest theater that edges more ambitiously into fiction-or at least the blurry line between reality and creative fantasy" — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 10, 2014
1.5/5 40% Lake Placid (1999) " It's neither Jaws-scary nor Tremors-funny, but genre-movie fans in 1999 did have a chance to feast on the year's talkiest, most neurotic horror movie. They respectfully declined. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 7, 2014
2/5 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Any serious consideration of its themes are overwhelmed by the aggressive deployment of horror clichés." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 2, 2014
1.5/5 41% Premature (2014) " [T]he dim comedy Premature owes a debt to the looping time structure of Groundhog Day, but it owes more to those inglorious sex teases of the '80s, when wet dreams became waking nightmares. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2.5/5 70% Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014) " Writer-director Katrin Gebbe rubs viewers' faces in this dog dish of a film, with the promise that some sliver of transcendence will redeem it. But it's all dog dish. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/5 92% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " It's a call to action in the form of an adoring profile, which is effective (and affecting) strategy, but narrow, propagandistic filmmaking. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 26, 2014
5/5 100% Hearts and Minds (2004) " It's a cinematic essay of constant movement and provocation, a record of one man finding his way through the fog of war." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/5 92% Norte, the End of History (2014) " Diaz is ultimately more interested in larger themes of morality, religion, justice, and history than in the characters, who become more representative than human." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 19, 2014
4/5 89% L'Eclisse (1962) " Though [its] initial shock may have faded, [L'eclisse] remains a testament to the great, unexpected leaps a movie can take. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3.5/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " 22 Jump Street squeezes every last drop of comic inspiration it can get from Tatum and Hill, as well as the very notion of a sequel to such a superfluous enterprise." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 11, 2014
23% Bad Boys II (2003) " Bad Boys II is the rare case in which escapism involves leaving the theater." — AV Club
Posted Jun 6, 2014
A 100% The Wire: Season 5 (TV, 2008) " Among the many things that separate The Wire from other TV dramas is the way that creator David Simon eases into a season. " — AV Club
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3.5/5 89% Willow Creek (2014) " Though it's disappointing to see Goldthwait step away from the conceptual audacity of his previous work ... Willow Creek does everything a little bit better than others of its kind." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 3, 2014
3.0/5 61% The Grand Seduction (2014) " With just a couple of strong casting choices and a winsome tone, an old formula can still work, and The Grand Seduction comes out of the lab with a disarming readiness to please. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 29, 2014
4/5 85% Night Moves (2014) " Night Moves is a film of deliberate, gnawing intensity and focus, built around a Jesse Eisenberg performance that doesn't give much away, at least not easily. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 28, 2014
4/5 83% Sleepaway Camp (1983) " There are great films and then there are magical films, glorious oddities that pop up sui generis out of nowhere. Sleepaway Camp falls squarely into the latter category. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 27, 2014
3.5/5 89% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " Finding a shape for this amassment of observations is a challenge Fleischner doesn't quite lick, but the overall effect is [...] autist's point of view that a more conventionally constructed film could never achieve. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 22, 2014
88% Nun va Goldoon (A Moment of Innocence) (Bread and Flower) (1999) " Though its methods lie somewhere between Pirandello and Rashomon, A Moment Of Innocence adds a personal dimension that's uniquely its own, as Makhmalbaf's investigation into the past evolves into a touching act of contrition." — AV Club
Posted May 20, 2014
2/5 46% Evilspeak (1982) " [Co-director] Weston was giving less-discriminating horror audiences in 1981 what he thought they wanted: Carrie with more gore, more beheadings, and all the Satanic pigs they could handle. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 19, 2014
2/5 17% Final Exam (1981) " If Final Exam fell into any other genre, Huston's character work would be insultingly broad and inadequate, but it's rare to see a horror film devote so much time to humanizing the meatsacks." — The Dissolve
Posted May 19, 2014
2/5 45% All Cheerleaders Die (2014) " [The film] attempts to combine the dark high-school comedy of Heathers with a calamitous fusion of witchcraft and zombie tropes. It's every bit as sloppy as it sounds. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 19, 2014
4.5/5 86% The Immigrant (2014) " Stories like Ewa's are the foundation of the American family, reverberating through the generations that follow. Gray ensures those echoes are heard loudly." — The Dissolve
Posted May 15, 2014
83% The Rookie (2002) " Though Hancock traffics in a lot of bogus small-town sentiment, The Rookie exhibits a refreshingly honest understanding of baseball as a job, with long road trips away from home and a workmanlike routine." — AV Club
Posted May 12, 2014
4.5/5 83% Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life) (1962) " Bruno and Il Sorpasso are full of wonderful surprises and hidden depths, and they continually slip away from any attempts to reduce them. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 12, 2014
3.5/5 72% Palo Alto (2014) " [The] film's profound identification with its teenage characters is ultimately its saving grace. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 9, 2014
2.5/5 63% The Sacrament (2014) " [...] While The Sacrament affirms West's talent and versatility, the film's basic conceit is a failure of taste, alluding so heavily to the 1978 Jonestown massacre that it feels like a ghoulish recreation of history." — The Dissolve
Posted May 5, 2014
1.5/5 12% Walk Of Shame (2014) " The dire new comedy Walk Of Shame offers itself as a gender-reversed After Hours[...] It's a clever conceit,[...] If only it weren't so desperately unfunny. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 5, 2014
4.0/5 94% Ida (2014) " For a young nun who knows nothing of herself and the outside world, this journey through the past is an eye-opening experience; for viewers, likewise." — The Dissolve
Posted May 1, 2014
2.5/5 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " The film seems to mimic [Professor] Coupland's scientific method: Throw everything into the beaker, crank up the Bunsen burner, and hope the experiment works. In both cases, it doesn't. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 1, 2014
2.5/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [is] inclined to stick to the straight and narrow, like it's angling for a spot on Sony's Employee Of The Month plaque. [...] It's as conservative as moviemaking gets. " — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2/5 20% The Protector 2 (2014) " The bigger The Protector 2 gets, the further it gets away from Jaa's basic appeals [...] Clearing a room flush with faceless bad guys is what Jaa does, but otherwise, less is more. " — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 29, 2014
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