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:
1144
Location:
Chicago

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 1144
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4.5/5 —— Stray Dogs " Stray Dogs is simply about how a family survives without money, and the devastating emotional consequences." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 10, 2014
1.5/5 5% The Identical (2014) " Rock fantasies are rarely this milquetoast." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 5, 2014
3.5/5 91% Wetlands (2014) " Wetlands ultimately belongs to Juri, who steadies the fractured storytelling and turns Helen into an improbable punk hero, unashamed in her commitment to bucking societal norms and being as nasty as she wants to be." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 2, 2014
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 63% 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 17% 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 82% 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 70% 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 80% 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 50% 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 83% 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 27% 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 88% 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 60% 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 86% 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 47% 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 87% 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 62% 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 95% 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
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