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 9.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hiltbrand's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 75 Earth to Echo
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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    A formulaic and fuzzy feel-good movie.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    You want to cut Cop Out some slack because it's just so darn eager to please. So let's grant that it will make a reliably fun companion when it's on cable 10 times a week.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Get the soundtrack; wait for the movie to come to CMT.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Gyllenhaal is particularly unsuited to this role, his saucer eyes flashing from calm to crazed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Freeman and Hoskins lend the film a level of artistry it doesn't really deserve. Unleashed has a vivid concept, but savagery and sentimentality make strange costars.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    This is the type of movie best enjoyed as a late-night indulgence on cable. Really late at night, when your eyes are still partially open, but your brain has called it quits.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    It would be inaccurate to say there are plots in New Year's Eve. There are a number of setups, and these get shuffled through faster than a card dealer in Atlantic City.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    This hotly anticipated film delivers on the premise of its celebrated title. But it offers little more in terms of suspense, originality or enjoyment. Mostly, it lays there on the screen like a big lazy boa.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The premise, which initially has a certain interior logic, grows implausible and then nonsensical.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    It's not so much a miscalculation of his audience by Burton as it is a disregard. What lingers after Frankenweenie, far more than its stunning technique, is a sad suggestion of solipsism.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    This isn't a movie, it's an animatronic theme-park ride - an artificially processed, easily digestible treat for kids.Ho, ho hum.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The whole thing is rather insipid. But Thomas makes it smoother and more palatable than it deserves to be.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    With no clear idea how to end the movie, which has come to resemble an excessive episode of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, writer/director Stuart Beattie (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) uses an old but still effective Hollywood trick: He blows up everything on the screen to smithereens.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    A sweet, if predictable, kids' comedy. But you have to overlook the conveniently inconsistent behavior of all the characters - except in Garner's case. She never establishes a character.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The main flaw of White House Down is that it overstays its welcome, thanks in large part to a silly climax that seems to unfold in three laborious acts. At least, Tatum keeps his shirt off.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Yep, it's all fun and games until someone gets brutalized repeatedly. Before you can avert your eyes, it's Katie, bar the door and break out the chain saws.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    An odd mix of stiff and sumptuous.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The Express eventually reaches its triumph-of-the-human-spirit climax, but it yanks too hard on the heart strings during the long journey there.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    In mood and in content is just SO 20th century.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    A rambling depiction of a junkie's descent into zombitude.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Heights manages to make the lives of all these beautiful people seem quite tedious. Despite their accomplishments, the only thing they seem suited for is hailing cabs.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    With his beard and '70s clothes, Reynolds looks like Val Kilmer playing Jim Morrison. Before things go precipitously south, he gives an endearing performance that proves he's ready for far more substantial roles than Van Wilder.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Most of the humor in this film arises from the ludicrous squabbles among Bateman, Sudeikis, and Day, who can springboard from logic to lunacy in a single exchange.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Even though it's all preliminaries, no main event, Grudge Match is harmless enough as entertainment. Just not as harmless as its poor protagonists.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The constant flipping between stagecraft and reality creates a dissonant static that prevents any satisfying connection with the film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The Woman in Black has lovely period atmosphere. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else besides atmosphere.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    A strident and shocking jumble, Shadowboxer suggests what you might come up with if you decided to inject John Huston's dark 1985 film, "Prizzi's Honor," with Oedipal overtones.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    This is a straight-up gangsta film, yo. Spare us the phony redemption.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    All that's missing is the spirit and the anarchic humor of the sitcom created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. The result is an overdressed, carefully stitched scarecrow of a comedy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Completely unhinged, a garish and gonzo walk on the wild side.

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