Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Scott Tobias's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
24% Vacation (2015) "It's as if Daley and Goldstein started with a list of disgusting topics - outré sex acts, human waste, pubic hair, projectile vomiting, cow cannibalism, et al. - and constructed a narrative around them. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3.5/5 64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Magic Mike, XXL is a loose, shambling party bus-or party organic fro-yo food truck, to be more exact-and everyone's having a great time. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 2, 2015
4/5 57% Malice (1993) "The fun of Malice comes from Sorkin, Frank, and Harold Becker understanding the been-there/done-that formulas of thrillers past and tinkering with them as much as possible. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2/5 37% Max (2015) "Max tries to get away with standard-issue dog-adventure tropes by assuming the exultant tone of other coming-home dramas about heroic Marines. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3/5 61% Felt (2015) "The payoff may be predictable, but Banker and Everson are refreshingly unclear about how they-and viewers-feel about it. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2.5/5 59% The Little Death (2015) " it goes down as easy as Junior Soprano on Bobbi Sanfillipo, which is both a blessing and a curse for Lawson's Hollywood-slick romantic comedy. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
4.5/5 94% Cartel Land (2015) "Cartel Land combines video journalism and ecstatic beauty filmmaking to devastating effect, like real life framed as a breathlessly paced thriller. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3/5 75% A Murder In The Park (2015) "As a loaded summary of an important, disquieting chapter in Illinois legal history, it gets the blood boiling, and suggests a justice system open to manipulation by bad actors. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 24, 2015
2.5/5 51% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) "It takes such a limited view of this multi-faceted figure that it fails as portraiture, and the real center of the film is too much of a bland good guy to compensate. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 24, 2015
3.5/5 93% Creep "Though Creep doesn't exactly reinvent the found-footage form, Brice knows the genre well enough to do a little tweaking. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 22, 2015
1.5/5 37% The Face Of An Angel (2015) " Winterbottom takes the tabloid zip out of a lurid story of sex and death without adding anything of substance to compensate. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3.5/5 86% Eden (2015) "Hansen-Løve lets whole years pass without emphatic markers, but the beats function as a tonal bridge, connecting the pieces of a narrative that would be rudderless without them. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 17, 2015
4/5 86% The Tribe (2015) "It's about a lot of things-the insularity of the deaf, the enforcement of conformist rituals, and self-determination-but it's also a clarifying experience as a moviegoer. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 17, 2015
2/5 22% The Stranger (2015) "The Stranger feels like a piece of genre revisionism only in its deliberate, grinding pace, not in any refreshing turns of the plot. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 17, 2015
1.5/5 81% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl can't survive the irony of teaching Greg to think of someone other than himself while advancing a narrative that contradicts that message entirely. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 10, 2015
4/5 71% The Nightmare (2015) "The Nightmare finds Ascher asserting himself much more boldly as a filmmaker: This is documentary horror, not just a documentary about a horror. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2/5 14% Police Story: Lockdown (2015) "This is a grittier Jackie Chan largely because it has to be, but a depressing sign that there simply aren't many tools left in the box. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 4, 2015
0/5 0% United Passions (2015) "The instantly notorious propaganda film United Passions is the ultimate testament to FIFA's staggering insularity and tone-deafness. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 3, 2015
1.5/5 33% Entourage (2015) "None of Entourage amounts to much of anything, other than an insincere family-first message and the umpteenth pressing of the reset button. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 2, 2015
3.5/5 81% Results (2015) "Despite a too-neat resolution, the characters haven't figured themselves out, much less their relationships, and Bujalski is perfectly comfortable sorting through their confusion. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 27, 2015
2/5 20% Barely Lethal (2015) "While Barely Lethal is conscious of the clichés of the genre, it's also the type of film that won't let that get in the way of regurgitating them. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 27, 2015
4.5/5 86% Heaven Knows What (2015) "Heaven Knows What isn't interested in merely exploring the world of New York City addicts. It wants to make their experiences felt. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 26, 2015
1.5/5 14% Aloft (2015) "Llosa's film is a poem without rhythm or reason. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 21, 2015
0/5 18% The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015) " The third film exists primarily as a glib, referential monument to the whole stupid enterprise. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 20, 2015
2.5/5 22% Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) "The eventual victory of Rourke and Johnson's characters isn't a victory for individuality, but a triumph for brand loyalty. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 18, 2015
3.5/5 74% The Connection (2015) "The Dujardin who emerges in The Connection isn't the cartoon Frenchman of popular imagination, but an earnest, driven magistrate who exerts a different kind of confidence. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 83% Animals (2015) "Dastmalchian and Shaw are both superb as lovers whose devotion to each other remains unshaken by their otherwise all-encompassing addiction. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 13, 2015
3/5 57% Vampyros Lesbos (Lesbian Vampires: The Heiress of Dracula) (1970) "Franco brings it across with a bright yet minimalist color scheme, scene-setting shots of Istanbul's spires and glimmering seas, and more zooms than a Formula One car on race day. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 11, 2015
2.5/5 40% L'intrepido (2015) "L'intrepido reveals the same strengths and weaknesses as his work two decades ago-an appealing sincerity and social awareness, dogged by a mile-wide sentimental streak. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 7, 2015
2.5/5 20% Skin Trade (2015) "Skin Trade is a throwback to the one-man-army actioners of the '80s, sprinkled with updated stats on human trafficking. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 54% Maggie (2015) "Schwarzenegger gives a solemn performance unlike anything he's done in the past, and Breslin is even better as a girl who's withering away. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 7, 2015
4/5 78% The Seven Five (2015) "The Seven Five, an absolutely riveting documentary about police corruption in 1980s New York, is a Martin Scorsese picture waiting to happen. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 7, 2015
4.5/5 100% The Train (1965) "The Train is a lesson in focusing on the most essential, forward-moving elements and throwing everything else away. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 4, 2015
2.5/5 65% Reality (2015) " Flashes of wit pop up, but the accumulation of weird incidents and fake-outs doesn't lead anywhere productive. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/5 48% Ride (2015) "It's hard to miss the irony of Jackie counseling her son over how story endings should feel "surprising but inevitable" in a movie that's all inevitability and no surprise. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/5 76% Hyena (2015) " It's a film about the lawless and unruly, but it could stand to step outside the lines a bit. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 28, 2015
4/5 65% Wild At Heart (1990) "There's a spontaneous, anything-can-happen feeling to it that's the primary appeal of any road movie. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 27, 2015
1/5 63% The Water Diviner (2015) "The film requires a historical complexity that eludes Crowe, who flattens the landscape into bromides on family and country, and the hard-won glories of being Russell Crowe. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/5 98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) " Morgen's made an impression of Cobain, which is a much more intuitive and vital enterprise. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3.5/5 100% Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock And Roll (2015) "Don't Think I've Forgotten leaves the powerful impression of a music scene that took the shape of whatever cultural or political forces were imposed on it at the time. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3.5/5 76% 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 44% 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 73% 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 31% 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 29% 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 97% 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 89% 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
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