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 9.5 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
    • 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).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    Ain't nothin' but a party, y'all.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Brannaman is a fascinating character, but Buck is so tightly focused that only avid horse lovers will find it appealing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Gorgeous and disturbing, Big Hero 6 is a departure for Disney: a film targeted at older kids, and the studio's first venture into straight-up comic book culture. Walt would flip in his cryogenic chamber if he saw this anime-style production.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Gyllenhaal is particularly unsuited to this role, his saucer eyes flashing from calm to crazed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    A rambling depiction of a junkie's descent into zombitude.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    The sequel is a dizzying succession of pranks, Candid Camera-like sketches, and, that old crowd-pleaser, the boys actively courting their own grievous harm. This is what you get when a generation grows up watching far too many "Roadrunner" cartoons while sitting on the couch eating bowl after bowl of Lucky Charms.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The constant flipping between stagecraft and reality creates a dissonant static that prevents any satisfying connection with the film.
    • 63 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Veronica Mars is a great deal more than a bonus episode, but slightly less than a movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The Woman in Black has lovely period atmosphere. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else besides atmosphere.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Life of Crime is like an errant golf putt that appears headed for the hole, but just keeps rolling and rolling, all the way off the green. In other words, just missed . . . by a mile.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Unbroken is a grueling endurance test - for the audience just as much as for its cutout champion.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    Lean's classic is something of a picnic compared to The Railway Man, which contains horrific scenes of torture.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    For sci-fi action fans, it's an instant classic. For everyone else, it's a dark, bloody mess.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Let's face it: Kids aren't a very demanding audience. If there's color, movement, and a high quotient of silliness, they're happy.

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