For 184 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 4.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Aaron Hillis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Spider-Man 2
Lowest review score: 0 Swearnet: The Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 184
  2. Negative: 50 out of 184
184 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Hillis
    It's an overall heady conceit about image and invention, clever and fun with compelling lead performances -- especially Reynolds, who finally gets to show some chops in a career littered with Van Wilder–grade junk.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Hillis
    The film takes one entire act too long to shake its mopey fog and get crackling.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Hillis
    Rigorous and outrageous, Greenaway's defiant approach to narrative only offers insight into his character, not Eisenstein's.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    Appropriately hunky but neutered of the brute sexuality he exhibited in Bullhead and Rust and Bone, Schoenaerts and his lack of bodice-busting tension with Winslet mirrors the film's transparent, often anachronistic inauthenticity.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    The dubious whimsy, devoid of any directorial voice, plays more like a very special episode of Dawson’s Creek.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    Favorably, Atkinson’s family-friendly, rubber-limbed professionalism can revitalize even the most vapid of material, which this certainly is. Anyone who has seen an episode of Black Adder can tell you that he’s leaps and bounds funnier than this sitcom-grade bauble.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    Jersey Girl may have come from his soul, but it contradicts the charm of a Kevin Smith movie.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    With his latest, the sci-fi–action–adventure The Chronicles of Riddick, Vin Diesel has established himself as the new face of morally ambiguous anti-heroes.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    If you subtracted from the story and style components recycled from landmark sci-fi films of Hollywood past, you’d be left with Will Smith wisecracking over a box of unformatted floppies. I, Unimpressed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    What’s missing here is the amnesiac hook that made "The Bourne Identity" such a sleeper hit.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    Big and dumb and loud and entirely past its prime.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    As the phrase turns, it's better when things come off WITHOUT a hitch.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    One-dimensional fluff piece.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Hillis
    So stupendously funny at times that she (Streep) nearly salvages the whole thing.

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