For 166 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 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Aaron Hillis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 The New World
Lowest review score: 0 Unthinkable: An Airline Captain's Story
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 166
  2. Negative: 47 out of 166
166 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Hillis
    A richly drawn, ambitious character piece both socially relevant and genuinely suspenseful.
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    • 80 Aaron Hillis
    The line between creative ambition and risky obsession is sharply drawn—or rather, carved out of New Mexico sandstone—in the life and work of wholly motivated artist Ra Paulette.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Hillis
    Watching the Vogels mull over art that they don't need to understand only makes their delight more infectious.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Hillis
    Amalric's impish dexterity and Del Toro's mild catatonia make for a memorable mismatch, but Jimmy P.'s profound slow burn might be too clinical for some to consider dramatic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Hillis
    It's a tough, gripping watch made emotionally rewarding through trenchant plotting and Gosheva's tight-lipped expressiveness.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    A wildly creative amusement, thanks mostly to Campbell, whose weathered yet still-taking-care-of-business Elvis is alone worth the price of admission.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    An amply entertaining tale of survival terror, fully realizing the epicness of Romero's vision by infecting every wide-angled overhead shot with as many computer-generated cadavers as possible, and bridging tense moments with a laugh-aloud, plucky wit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    Anchorman is the kind of wonderful, cotton-candy escapism that should leave you with the right kind of stomachache.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    Strikingly shot with some wicked hand-held virtuousity, Assault is rivetingly suspenseful in how it toys with the morals of good guys flip-flopping to the dark side (and vice versa).
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    Listen up, fanboys and enthusaiasts of sophisticated visual wizardry: this theological noir-horror actioner-a stand-alone, rapturous good time-craftily and accurately captures the straight-faced camp, wry wit and episodic structure of its source material.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    Though Steamboy could have been smarter and more dramatically engineered, this razzle-dazzle ride won't disappoint if you just need to blow off a little you-know-what.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    The film's ambitiously eye-opening hypothesis, colorful characters, genuine compassion, and unexpected humor will make for a great vintage in years to come.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    Perhaps with an open and willing mind, you'll also see the vast difference between this wily consciousness experiment and, say, Rob Zombie's new box of schlocks.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    The entertainingly unhinged Hostel reeks of kneeling reverence to the grisliest of psychotronica while simultaneously striving to out-gore and out-shock its predecessors.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    Marie Antoinette churns a symphony out of a single note, too light and hermetically sealed in the minds of Coppola and her queen to transcend its artfully cared-for fluffiness.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    A riveting urban drama that tackles a myriad of sociopolitical issues -- conflicts of race, sex, class, marriage and politics -- without spreading itself thin.
    • 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."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    As The 11th Hour's message of Profound Importance warrants a four-star rating, the film itself does not.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Hillis
    The interpersonal dynamics haven't been scripted out very thoughtfully, so as the final 20 minutes wind down, it becomes increasingly tough for Penn and his talented cast to mine humor from a story that mandates they actually play elimination rounds of poker.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Hillis
    Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos's variation on the too-familiar subgenre (the rising inner-city superstar here is a Latina tomboy) is more heartfelt, humanistic, and entertaining than such a clichéd showbiz cautionary tale has any right to be.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Hillis
    A rich, artful quartet of shorts mirroring the diverse idiosyncrasies of four significant auteurs.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Hillis
    Don't discount October Country filmmakers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher's tragicomically beautiful art-doc, which sensitively favors unflinching testimonials and visually impressionistic observations over journalistic activism.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Hillis
    Too madcap or not self-serious enough to be called transgressive, Moritsugu's degenerate romp splits the tonal difference between Nick Zedd and John Waters.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Hillis
    Kazan holds together a decent coming-of-age script that's emotionally sincere if tonally unfocused.
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    • 70 Aaron Hillis
    Come for the cult of personality, stay for the nostalgia of a dirtier, dodgier, far cooler scene.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Hillis
    As the waves of this cinematic dream break, the profundities left behind come not from character arcs, but observed states of being that feel subjectively experienced.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Hillis
    The film's convoluted moral trajectory to hell may be as unoriginal as quoting Taxi Driver, and the pervasive violent menace can be needlessly punishing (including a drugged sexual assault), but as stylish, scorched-earth entertainment, it'll get you in its teeth.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    It may be a crowd-pleasing escapism, but it's that feel-good shmaltz that ultimately plays the film off-key.

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