For 162 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Aaron Hillis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The New World
Lowest review score: 0 Unthinkable: An Airline Captain's Story
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 162
  2. Negative: 45 out of 162
162 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    Preaches post-9/11 family values to conservatives while appeasing liberals with ideas of tolerance and social activism.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    Dullaghan's film is a bit too straightforward and introductory to be declared a definitive portraiture. The gold nuggets worth sifting for lie in the anecdotal minutiae.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    DiG! never delves deep enough to act as a true cautionary tale. It's an amusingly drunken PBS-worthy human-interest doc, unless you're too old or not cool enough to have played in the embarrassing hipster zoo, in which case DiG! may be the closest you'll ever get to the uncaged animals.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    Through a haze of opium smoke and Molotov cocktails igniting, Regular Lovers plays out like the heavier politicized and unsentimentalized counterpoint to Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers."
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    The true sensory delight is when the two men share screen time, and the palette is bombarded with their contrasting hues, the score (by Pascal Esteve) even meticulously interlacing their two musical personalities.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    What On the Run has going for it: solid acting, taut editing, smartly economical dialogue, an elevatingly reverberant score, and a rousing vitality that left me salivating for The Trilogy in full.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    The Orphanage's joys come from the experiential: Bayona's cultured technical skills, including some phenomenal sound design, and sustained anxiety. It's about as healthy as junk food gets.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Hillis
    Watching the Vogels mull over art that they don't need to understand only makes their delight more infectious.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    What’s missing here is the amnesiac hook that made "The Bourne Identity" such a sleeper hit.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    Has masterfully polished mechanics, some of the most seamless CGI effects in recent memory, and the Wells veneration is admirable. However, the film takes far too many creative shortcuts, like bookended narration and aliens that make strategically humanlike mistakes, completely incongruous to their technological superiority.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    Technically, it rewards with nothing less than painterly cinematography and a seamless surge of organic soundscapes, but the story is entirely predicated on a weather metaphor so obvious that even an unplugged Doppler radar could detect it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    Aesthetically wild and otherwise mild.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    For such a pedestrian exercise in Spielbergian sentiment, the somewhat stale Seabiscuit dunks into some gravy moments; the always dependable William H. Macy is three honks and six rattles of comic relief as the sound effects–happy, kooky radio reporter Tick Tock McGlaughlin, and the racing scenes themselves are spectacular.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    The Aristocrats lies halfway between two potentially great films: it's neither a smartly austere succession of jokesmiths with all the critique left to the audience, nor a deconstructionist essay on "crossing the line" and the language of comedy itself.

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