David Hiltbrand
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For 118 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hiltbrand's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 75 Land of the Dead
Lowest review score: 12 xXx: State of the Union
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 118
  2. Negative: 37 out of 118
118 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Mostly, Dinosaur 13 is far too long, slogging along without momentum or suspense. These events would have been better handled in a single installment of Dateline.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    The aquatic and surf scenes are spectacular. The story, a clichéed climb to inspiration. Soul Surfer is more parable than plot.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    At one point, Statham chases down a sports car while pedaling madly on a kids' bike. Pathétique!
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Hit & Run is a pleasant enough diversion - but more of the PPV persuasion.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    The sheer brutality of Oldboy is stunning, especially a deeply disturbing scene in which Brolin tortures Samuel L. Jackson. But this is an unrelievedly grim and hermetic experience throughout, the cinematic equivalent of blunt trauma.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    The animation in Planes: Fire & Rescue is considerably better, the landscapes grander, and the 3-D flight and firefighting scenes more exciting.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    The script is a stupid mix of Teutonic tongue twisters (say hello to Herr Schniedelwichsen), hoary German cliches (from phallic sausages to U-boat spoofs), and bad slapstick.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    OK, they squeezed one more lap out of this franchise. It's been a fun ride, but it's time to shut things down. If you get my drift.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Surrogates, which borrows tone and content freely from "I, Robot," is all windup and no pitch.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    It's hard to understand what Malevolence is doing in theaters. If ever a movie deserved to go directly to DVD, it's this dreary horror treatment.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    If you actually sit through this enervating ordeal, you'll swear that time is Frozen.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Ride Along is a film so casual in its conception and execution, it should be titled Drive Thru.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    The script depends entirely too much on a succession of reporters, announcers, and spectators to provide context and detail in clunky, implausible dialogue.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    There is a funny movie to be made from the outrageous egos and excesses of rap music. Death of a Dynasty is not that movie.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    The problem is that these stoic warriors infect Act of Valor with more wooden acting than you'd see at a ventriloquism school.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    You would think any movie with the word "salmon" in the title would have to be funny. Think again.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    It's highly doubtful that you'll grasp even a little of The Truth About Emanuel after seeing this film. It's not so much a thriller as it is a ride on a runaway crazy train.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    Vilely violent, Saw 2 is the Phnom Penh of splatter movies.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    The animated film has all the hallmarks of a straight-to-DVD project - inferior plot, dull writing, cheap drawing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 12 David Hiltbrand
    Appalling sequel.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Rarely has a film so equally balanced macho and nacho, but Wrath does leave us with a few valuable lessons: a.) fratricide is a nasty business, best left to the Greeks and b) fighting fire with fire may sound good, but it turns out to be a really stupid idea.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    So achingly empty, it's nearly existential.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    The whole project is a cloying, artificial mess. The slapstick comedy doesn't bite, and the formulaic sentimentality doesn't grip.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    If Stealth were a recruitment film for aircraft-carrier duty, one would be tempted to say, "Mission accomplished." As a feature film, it's a washout.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    Doom is, to its detriment, a remarkably faithful re-creation of the massively popular video game. In other words, it's a dark, violent, nerve-wracking, trigger-giddy waste of time.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    The left hand doesn't know who the right hand is shooting in State Property 2, Damon Dash's prodigiously muddled thug-life sequel.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    Blended throws a lot of things on the screen, but in the end, it has to confront its awkward and artificial "romance." And that's just ugly.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    This one is so bad that even Ed Norton couldn't get this mess to move through the sewer.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    The acting is better than the script deserves and Lexi Alexander's cut-to-the-hearse direction lends the film considerable kick.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Faced with the script's weak humor and feeble stabs at irony, Schwartzman and Stiller turn it way up, setting the dial at "hammy."