David Hiltbrand

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For 132 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hiltbrand's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 75 Starred Up
Lowest review score: 12 xXx: State of the Union
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 132
  2. Negative: 43 out of 132
132 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The gadgetry and fight scenes are nicely rendered. The aeronautical battles, though, fall well short of state-of-the-art. Maybe they're collateral damage to the film's goofy style.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    An exceptionally fine children's film.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    An unusually atmospheric outing. Splatter fans may be disappointed, because Nakata isn't interested in a body count.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    A devastating psychological thriller, Prisoners pulls us deep into our worst fear: the Amber Alert. Then it holds us under.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    Oddly enough, though Land of the Dead is more clever and grand than Romero's early classics, it is not as haunting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The raw emotions on display need no translation. David Mackenzie directs the film in a piercingly realistic style. His ingenious decision to forgo a score makes Starred Up even more immersive, because all you hear is the dehumanizing din of prison.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    Frozen establishes a strong, confident tone: Cool mythology, rich, vivid animation, and 3-D effects that are actually worth seeing, not just migraine-inducing distractions.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    More important, Nicholls has created a rich alternative conclusion, one that poignantly sweetens the love story. It's a novel approach to Great Expectations - sharp and gritty giving way to a sentimental finish - and a satisfying one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    Ain't nothin' but a party, y'all.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    Lean's classic is something of a picnic compared to The Railway Man, which contains horrific scenes of torture.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    One caveat: The film has more blood-splatter than a dozen zombie movies. If you can handle that, Doomsday's drunken mash-up of futuristic and feudal is surprisingly satisfying.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The result is a funny and raucously lewd comedy fueled with enough penis jokes to keep an actual fraternity in stitches for a trimester.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    It's a tasty buffet of food gags, both visual and verbal. When they say "We're toast," they really mean it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    Part of Glee's charm has always been its innocent amateurishness, its just-folks aura. The live show clings to that conceit - with some pyrotechnics thrown in.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The tone is surreal, at once visceral and clinical, making Bronson an unsettling experience: savage, disturbing, and yet somehow fascinating.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    If you can stomach the hard-R rating, this is a smart, sexy and funny sprint.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    This is a very New York film with a distinctly vintage atmosphere thanks to the sepia tint and cool jazz that plays throughout scenes - and sometimes over the dialogue.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The plot and dialogue are still stilted and stupid, but that only proves that Justin Lin, who has directed the last four F & Fs, has his priorities straight.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    By the time the end finally arrives, you realize you haven't laughed in quite a while and, instead, have been thinking about the chores you have to do after you leave the theater. As diversions go, that's pretty diluted.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Dopey but resourceful yukfest.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    It's like a bath of stale testosterone as these Hollywood tough guys from the '80s swap references to their most famous movie lines. Their individual entrances are the primary pleasure of The Expendables 2.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    BMH2 is a harmless, genial outing, a comedy that is amusing without ever rising to the level of funny. You sit through the film with a smile on your face, waiting for the laughs that never come.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    An engaging if transparent tearjerker of the first water.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    This remake is about half of a very likable film. But in movies (as in auto races) it isn't how you start, it's how you finish. And Herbie should have kept something in the tank for the late going.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Succeeds because the action is supercharged in a style that recalls Mel Gibson's apocalyptic classic, "The Road Warrior." The characters are more than cartoonish, and the plot grips the road. But it's Diesel who provides the nitro injection
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Thanks to director Roger Kumble's breathless pacing, Just Friends manages to outrun most of its flaws. And its likable leads - the coolly clownish Reynolds and the feline-faced Smart - fill this empty Christmas stocking with glee.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    This is a complicated story, but it's efficiently laid out by Poitras in this smartly edited project. She has posed Citizenfour as the final piece of a post-9/11 trilogy that began with "My Country, My Country" (about the 2006 elections in Iran) and "The Oath" (about Guantanamo).
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Like "Man on Fire," the previous collaboration between Washington and Scott, Déjà Vu is stunning but poorly paced, a film that manages to be both captivating and frustrating.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Judy Moody has some enjoyable ingredients. The cast, for instance, rocks it, especially young Aussie actress Jordana Beatty as the title character, a bottle rocket with unruly red hair.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    There's not much to this movie beyond a slick procession of dark, gleaming violence. But Selene lovers would pay good 3D money to see her fight a parking ticket.

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