For 151 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Aaron Hillis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 49 Up
Lowest review score: 0 Unthinkable: An Airline Captain's Story
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 151
  2. Negative: 45 out of 151
151 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Hillis
    Documentarian Liz Garbus masterfully turns her minimalist camera's eye on young girls institutionalized at the Waxter Juvenile Facility near Baltimore.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Hillis
    Fantastic news, true believers: Spider-Man 2 is smarter, hipper, faster, funnier, and flat-out more electrifying than the original, swinging to new summer-movie heights as the greatest comic-book adaptation yet made.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Hillis
    Land of the Dead is Romero's long-awaited masterpiece, a slyly suspenseful and droll thrill-ride that expounds on both the highbrow and the chewed-off-brow concepts of his previous trilogy, then flippantly dismisses the cheap scare tactics of the control-pad generation's gimmicky genre knockoffs.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Hillis
    Scene for radiant scene, shot for nary a wasted shot, The New World is the most artfully sculpted film in American cinema this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Hillis
    How 49 Up differs from its precursors for the better is that it's the first to have its participants interact with Apted the filmmaker, no longer a one-sided interviewer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Hillis
    Inland Empire is interchangably terrifying, maddening, shockingly hilarious and perversely exciting, and that's just to those who end up disliking it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Hillis
    The retro photos and footage are also bountiful and, natch, jazzily edited enough that the standard talking-head techniques are instantly forgivable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Hillis
    So far the funniest, headiest, most playfully eccentric American indie of the year, Bujalski's perceptive avant-garde comedy...teases out unanswered existential and behavioral questions about mankind's curious obsession with artificial intelligence and automation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    A truly remarkable and compassionate debut from a savvy, self-confident filmmaker. No bull.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    While Bartley and O'Briain flat-out lucked out with this felicitous endeavor, their fearlessness, unobtrusive narration, and lack of Michael Moore man-and-microphone pandering is to be saluted.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    At its most simplified, Sucker punches its way to the top of the Italian-western mountains, but never reaches the peak of its immortalized trilogy brethren.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    The mood never droops, however, saved by Mario’s well-studied ability to channel his father, a performance as delicately nuanced and polished as the film is frenetic and raw.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    Open Water may not be a pristine or complex suspense thriller, but you'd be hard-pressed to find anything else as terrifyingly potent in such a tiny package.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    Whatever you want to label this quick-paced crowd-pleaser, it is definitely one of the year's must-sees.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    Refusing to dumb down for a mass market, Primer is "Mullholland Dr." for math geeks, "Memento" for mad geniuses, or simply one of the most inventive films ever made for pennies on the Hollywood dollar.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    An enchantingly cryptic, ethereally photographed slice of somber surrealism that should definitely appeal to fans of David Lynch and Luis Buñuel.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    Preaches post-9/11 family values to conservatives while appeasing liberals with ideas of tolerance and social activism.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    The brilliant subtleties of this absorbing, must-see drama are best seen through Penn, who transforms a strongly nuanced script into the greatest performance of the year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    A rough-and-tumble magnum opus of digital filmmaking that thrillingly basks in the sick, slick, sexy and quick-witted excesses of its imaginatively mutant stylizations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    Guaranteed to deliver more innovative eye candy and smarter fun-per-second than most of this summer's fare, and that one-two punch ought to knock you off your seat.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    The Queen is a surprisingly compassionate portrait (excepting Blair's reactionary wife with the "shallow curtsy") of a rigid pragmatist in denial over the monarchy's out-of-touch dysfunction.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    A conventional but genuinely heartrending exposé of the Indiana boy who grew to be a powerful religious cult leader, director Stanley Nelson's thoroughly researched doc is not a posthumous character assassination, which would be all too easy and unnecessary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    Under the clichéd spell of rock-and-roll promiscuity and pills popped, Seigner shows astonishing range as the detached superstar who still fixates on her ex-boyfriend and has mood swings like a manic-depressive on fast-forward.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    This critic found much to digest (pun barely intended), with thoughts of FDA politics and standard practices, the ritualism and sacrifice of our own species, why baby animals are considered protectable innocents (and inversely, grown steaks-to-be just a fact of life), plus, on a meta level, how people's dietary philosophies will inform their reactions to the work.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    Marker's even-handedness and playful spirit tries to show that innocent art and activist politics are two sides of the same culture, even if deviant government duplicity threatens the balance between them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    Mafioso isn't a straight black satire of Sicilian culture so much as a suspenseful near-tragedy leavened by the zesty, irreverent wit that helped define the golden age of Italian comedies.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    Rock the Bells doesn't just delve behind the scenes; it makes a showstopping guest-MC out of each crazy new obstacle.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    Paprika ain't no kiddie 'toon, even if its thumpin' techno-pop and bubble-gum thrills have the same splashy palette as an episode of "Pokémon" or "Dragon Ball Z."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    Where Dans Paris truly pops, besides its spot-on leads or the slick curation of its fashions and locales, are in its mood-mixing musical moments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    A richly drawn, ambitious character piece both socially relevant and genuinely suspenseful.