For 191 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Aaron Hillis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Land of the Dead
Lowest review score: 0 Swearnet: The Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 191
  2. Negative: 51 out of 191
191 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    Not bad for summer jollies, au contraire, but -- "Holy Raised Bar, Batman!" -- let's pray that the next installment measures up to the sequel summits of "Spider-Man 2" and "X2."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    Subtly gaining momentum as it dexterously glides through pages of good-time, snappy dialogue, Criminal offers no time to catch your breath, let alone enough to think through its reality-stretching story flaws and subtext-lacking motives.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    Looks, feels, and tastes like a more accessible evolution of "Cremaster," so try to gauge your own tolerance for indulgent eccentricity (at 135 minutes, it could stand to lose 20).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    An unexpectedly retro throwback to '80s actioners and '90s hacker movies, totally preposterous in both its heroic near-death escapes and abstract tech-jargon explanations for how anyone with geeky inclinations can remotely override any computer system with a few easy keystrokes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    Aesthetically wild and otherwise mild.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    Wisely unbiased-but also unfocused, uneducated, and underachieving-which makes for an occasionally hilarious, frequently anemic parody that misses its opportunity to permanently document a scathing critique of current events.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Hillis
    It's rare that a drama shows such specificity with respect to the experience of coping with autism, and that sensitivity goes a long way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Hillis
    Dizzily entertaining when the knives, bullets, and feet are flying, and sometimes painfully melodramatic during the interim exposition.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Hillis
    Rigorous and outrageous, Greenaway's defiant approach to narrative only offers insight into his character, not Eisenstein's.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Hillis
    The film takes one entire act too long to shake its mopey fog and get crackling.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Hillis
    Cohn is clearly on the right track toward making the kind of nuanced grown-up dramas that sadly are no longer in vogue.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Hillis
    Despite Wilson’s early control and aesthetic confidence, there isn’t a single scripted idea of weight or emotionality that pays off.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Hillis
    Equally lionizing but richer in detail than the recent Michael Peña-led biopic César Chávez, this occasionally stirring doc portrait of the late Latino labor organizer and civil rights icon frames his legacy around a single act of protest.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Hillis
    All the secrets, lies, and consequences feel as authentic as the Appalachian milieu, but the film lacks the memorable idiosyncrasy of a River's Edge, or more fittingly, the myth-making lyricism of Matewan.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Hillis
    Vertigo this ain’t, but there’s some quasi-Gothic charm in the baroque premise and eccentric marginal details, including a mathematically gifted dwarf.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Hillis
    It’s all a curious humanist experiment with anecdotal surprises and whimsy, but its motives aren’t in sharp focus like Doyle’s hotshot imagery.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    Jersey Girl may have come from his soul, but it contradicts the charm of a Kevin Smith movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    Directed with little flair, a one-sided perspective and a questionable sense of moral responsibility by Dan Klores (his negligent lack of an editorial voice in the couple's lunacy reeks of train-wreck exploitation), Crazy Love is a disturbingly captivating tabloid horror, but that's not Klores' doing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    Director Teddy Chan's glossy thriller pays tribute to martial-arts cinema by casting enough Hong Kong industry legends to rival the cameo count of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. It's a pity, then, that it's an undeniably bland film in style and story, despite a few elaborately staged fight sequences.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    When he runs out of material to tickle with, Black dips into his musically tenacious "deedle-diddle-dee" for some sure-fire ridiculousness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    If the banality of life within the Bordeaux gentry is the point, then the ensuing oppressiveness is immaculately depicted through precise performances and camerawork—just don't call it emotionally engaging drama.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    Mostly due to the assured polish of cinematographer Sean Stiegemeier, Chapman punches above its featherweight budget, but the punch is ultimately pulled as both strands of the narrative intersect with one last reveal of unresolved melodrama that feels coldly calculated in its cause and effect.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    Saw
    Spoiled by its own insatiable desire for envelope-pushing flair; it’s wider-scoped when it should be intimate, splashy instead of subtle, icky but not scary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    The film is undeniably elevated by its exotic milieu. It's a shame, then, that it's stuck with such a familiar coming-of-age call to adventure.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    Are these iconic, antihero relics smartly satirized in a post-slasher, or is FVJ just more dated, third-wave trash? Disappointingly, it's the latter.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    One-dimensional fluff piece.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    When the secret is finally divulged, it’s such a letdown that it feels unfairly manipulative to have sat through such agonizing tedium.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    Big and dumb and loud and entirely past its prime.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    The Ten has one foot in "Monty Python's Meaning of Life" and another in their "Life of Brian," but ultimately we get the David Letterman School of Comedy: mediocre jokes continually repeated until they sometimes become uncomfortably funny.

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