Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% 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:
1080
Location:
Chicago

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
90% Fa Yeung Nin Wa (In the Mood for Love) (2001) " Further complemented by the gentle lull of Nat King Cole songs, In The Mood For Love casts a dreamy and melancholic spell that remains unbroken long after the closing credits have rolled." — AV Club
Posted Apr 15, 2014
4.5/5 86% Breaking the Waves (1996) " It's a testament to Emily Watson's astounding performance as Bess that she comes across as more than a von Trier construct; she's a woman of boundless passion, who follows her faith wherever it takes her." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 15, 2014
4.5/5 88% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Only Lovers Left Alive excels mainly as a vampire slice of life, functioning beautifully as both an inventory of Jarmusch's literary, philosophical, and musical interests, and a larger comment on the follies of human existence. " — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 9, 2014
2.5/5 50% Stage Fright (2014) " Stage Fright strikes a balance between its song-and-dance theatrics and the grisly business of those same kids being slaughtered by a masked killer. The songs are fine; the slaughter is sub-standard. " — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 7, 2014
4.5/5 92% Persona (1966) " [...]Persona marks a radical break for Bergman, an acknowledgment up front of the illusion and fundamental artifice of making movies." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3.5/5 55% Dom Hemingway (2014) " It's a thoroughly obnoxious piece of work that's nonetheless winning in its boorishness, which is precisely the tone Law is trying to strike [...]" — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3.5/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " [...] The Winter Soldier smartly integrates a crisply orchestrated Marvel action movie with the paranoid thrillers of the 1970s, which were pegged to a mistrust of government and the shadow organizations that orbit it." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3/5 36% The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) " [Director Amy Holden] Jones tries the more effective tack of playing the slasher stuff straight and inserting clever visual jokes when she has the opportunity. " — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3.5/5 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " Finding Vivian Maier treats Maier's background as a puzzle that doubles as self-promotion, supporting her photographs with an amazing story that gives them context-and [...] stokes more interest in her work." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2014
92% Memento (2000) " The astonishing payoff takes the film to another level entirely, unleashing a battery of existential questions that shed new light on everything that precedes it." — AV Club
Posted Mar 26, 2014
3.5/5 75% Strange Behavior (1981) " Though lackadaisical pacing steals a lot of the tension, especially in the shrug of a climax, Dead Kids is full of wondrous scene-by-scene oddities[...]" — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3.5/5 100% Thirst (1979) " By focusing on [...] underground conspiracy, [director] Hardy and writer John Pinkney take Thirst away from the typical vampire movie [...]" — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 24, 2014
4/5 50% Patrick (1978) " Director Richard Franklin [...] eventually lets Patrick's powers go haywire, but the first half of the film combines sinister atmosphere-building with a justified faith that an immobile killer is still an ever-present threat. " — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 24, 2014
4.5/5 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " The Missing Picture isn't a straightforward piece of storytelling, but more of a meditation on what happened [...] whenever the narration threatens to drift off into the ether, the figurines and models ultimately keep it on terra firma. " — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 18, 2014
89% Rushmore (1998) " The hint of genuine pathos [Murray] brings to Rushmore tempers Schwartzman's brash, sometimes off-putting antics, gracing an already great comedy with surprising depth and heart." — AV Club
Posted Mar 17, 2014
4/5 93% A Brief History of Time (1992) " [The film has] a sophisticated agenda that's more about association than data or personal trivia, and Morris' philosophy takes it to places a conventional documentary could never go." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 17, 2014
2.5/5 63% Bad Words (2014) " [Jason Bateman's] an automaton, a joke machine-and as long as he stays that way, Bad Words offers shock for shock's sake." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3.5/5 83% Teenage (2014) " Teenage is about uniting adolescents of different eras and cultures into one sweeping story about kids paying for their parents' whims." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/5 100% Miele (2014) " [Miele's ] small achievement is in trying to understand the life-and-death choices of two people who aren't as certain about what they're doing as they initially appear." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 10, 2014
4.5/5 84% George Washington (2000) " George Washington is a mood piece first, and its triumph is in bottling up the intense feeling of early adolescence, and watching how tragedy transforms it. " — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 10, 2014
4.5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " [The Grand Budapest Hotel] makes the best possible argument in favor of artistic fussiness, packing layers of allusions, characters, jokes, plot turns, and emotion into a film that carries itself with the lightness of a soufflĂ©. " — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 6, 2014
4/5 95% Particle Fever (2014) " The film does everything it can to build a bridge between physics nerds and their wedgie-giving counterparts [...] making Particle Fever the crowd-pleaser it is [...]" — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 4, 2014
94% Dark Days (2000) " Singer's stark black-and-white photography renders their world with the abstract horror of a German expressionist film, yet he's equally skilled at coaxing the grim personal stories of life underground." — AV Club
Posted Mar 3, 2014
2.5/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Non-Stop asks, not unreasonably, for some suspension of disbelief, but it just keeps on asking and asking until it become comically absurd to think through all the variables the culprit had to take into consideration. " — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.0/5 48% Stalingrad (2014) " These are larger-than-life war heroes-eight stories larger, as IMAX will boast-and Stalingrad enshrines them like figures in a 3-D diorama, which may be more dynamic than bronze, but no less tacky. " — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.0/5 8% Chlorine (2014) " The film is about how adults can sometimes act like children, and the unforeseen consequences that result. We know, because [Kyra] Sedgwick says it out loud in the third act." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3.5/5 84% Cheap Thrills (2014) " Cheap Thrills seriousness is cloaked in a darkly hilarious game of frat-guy oneupmanship. It's about the things bros are capable of. " — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 25, 2014
2.0/5 45% In Secret (2014) " Though it sounds like a contradiction, the film could be described as both dull and over the top." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/5 95% Child's Pose (2014) " [T]hrough it all, [Luminita] Gheorghiu finds the perfect pitch between a mother's love for her child and a kind of pathology." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4.5/5 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) " That melancholy tug of Anderson's work is still present here, but Fantastic Mr. Fox may be his most purely pleasurable film to date, evoking the Dahl books and Rankin-Bass productions that so transported him as a kid. " — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.0/5 53% Jimmy P. (2014) " The pain and sadness of Picard's life are perversely relegated to another time and place, one the film can only visit from the distance of his recollections. By the end, [Arnaud] Desplechin makes him known thoroughly, but not vividly." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.0/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " [A]fter an opening sequence as promising as the one here, it needs at least an attempted follow-through, not the jumble of confused ideas and time-wasting effects that take up the bulk of the film. " — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
0.5/5 57% Lucky Bastard (2014) " Lucky Bastard mostly combines the worst of all worlds [...] This is amateur-hour all around." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.0/5 63% Nurse 3-D (2014) " As raw exploitation, Nurse 3D [...] over-promises and under-delivers, which might have been inevitable with a title like that. " — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 14, 2014
93% About a Boy (2002) " Compared to High Fidelity, the book and the movie, About A Boy seems resolutely uncool.... But part of growing up may be admitting that such familiar comforts can also be immensely satisfying." — AV Club
Posted Feb 10, 2014
5.0/5 82% The Long Day Closes (1992) " [T]hough his work is always suffused with melancholy, the predominate feeling of The Long Day Closes is one of deep, enveloping love for the music, movies, and comforts of his youth." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.0/5 56% At Middleton (2014) " Farmiga and Garcia have a chemistry that's unassuming and sneaky, and the pleasure they get from each other's company ultimately proves infectious[.]" — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4.5/5 96% Thief (1981) " [Michael] Mann has a talent for making cops into Cops, crooks into Crooks, and heroes into Heroes, for telling stories where stark types of the kind found in noir or crime fiction are transformed into legends. " — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 6, 2014
76% A Beautiful Mind (2001) " It's not a crime for the script to gloss over the thornier aspects of Nash's story, but the film seems totally unconvincing, squeezing a real life into a formula that's simultaneously more palatable and less interesting." — AV Club
Posted Feb 4, 2014
4.5/5 95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Guiraudie questions the limits of heedless sexual indulgence at the expense of all other considerations." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4.0/5 82% Nostalghia (2013) " Just as Tarkovsky used deep space to explore psychological space in Solaris, here, he's using an estranging, sepia-toned Tuscany to express the dimensions of the soul." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3.0/5 18% Devil's Due (2014) " [T]he small achievement of Devil's Due is how much it both exploits the video-cam approach and overcomes some of its limitations." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3.0/5 78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " One thing that's indisputable about Big Bad Wolves: It's a slick piece of genre craftsmanship, a stylish, drum-tight thriller that magnifies the ugly extremes of crime and retribution." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 31, 2014
4/5 91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " As reticent as Nathan is to cast explicit judgment, the film shows the tragic impasse between a street culture that's reckless and provocative, and a police force that exacerbates the problem with heavy-handed tactics." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3.5/5 80% Maidentrip (2014) " Dekker knows who she is, what she wants to do, and how to get it done, and Maidentrip wisely sails off the tailwinds of her confidence and boundless curiosity." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2.0/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " Labor Day courts descriptors like "subtle," "mature," and "restrained," but the consequence of that is lifelessness, the absence of energy in the name of good taste. It's dead on arrival, leaving a beautiful corpse." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 30, 2014
88% American Beauty (1999) " Mendes and screenwriter Alan Ball, both making their feature debuts, resort to a few heavy-handed tactics to get their points across, but their sheer audacity is so exhilarating it hardly matters." — AV Club
Posted Jan 28, 2014
1.0/5 47% Raze (2014) " The tease of 50 gorgeous women fighting to the death has a classic grindhouse appeal, but Raze is strictly a "be careful what you wish for" proposition." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2.5/5 —— A Walk with Love and Death (1969) " Not so much A Walk with Love and Death as it is a casual stroll." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 13, 2014
4.5/5 83% Stella Dallas (1937) " Stella Dallas itself-sentimental without question, building to an act of heartbreaking selflessness-earns the copious tears it jerks, embodying the "weepie" in every respect, yet more complicated and more flush with genuine emotion." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 8, 2014
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