For 106 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hiltbrand's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 75 Bronson
Lowest review score: 12 xXx: State of the Union
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 106
  2. Negative: 32 out of 106
106 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Completely unhinged, a garish and gonzo walk on the wild side.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    If you were to judge Let Me Explain purely on its performance portion, filmed at Madison Square Garden during Hart's 2012 tour, the film would merit a full extra star. But at 75 minutes, it feels too skimpy to rave over.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    This is a straight-up gangsta film, yo. Spare us the phony redemption.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Curiously, despite Johnson's imposing physique, it's the kids who do most of the smashing and grabbing, right up until the climax, when it's all-hands-on-neck.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    At one point, Statham chases down a sports car while pedaling madly on a kids' bike. Pathétique!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Hit & Run is a pleasant enough diversion - but more of the PPV persuasion.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Purely as an action film, Riddick is passable, if grueling. The problem is tonal.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Sly can still fill a too-tight polo shirt at 66 - in the same way Jack LaLanne did in his later years. But no amount of movie magic can make him pass for a lethal and nimble juggernaut.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    In mood and in content is just SO 20th century.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    In its long, punishing final act, Red 2 goes beyond its mandate as a lark to pose as a true action caper.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Although it is based on a true story, the dramatization doesn't make much sense psychologically.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Israeli director Noam Murro does an excellent job of managing and expanding the franchise established so vividly by Zach Snyder.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Surrogates, which borrows tone and content freely from "I, Robot," is all windup and no pitch.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    An unusually atmospheric outing. Splatter fans may be disappointed, because Nakata isn't interested in a body count.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    The Family is a film at once strange and intriguing. It can't seem to settle on a tone. The early eruptions of violence are treated as slapstick when they are most assuredly not. But the climactic showdown, which fairly cries out for a touch of humor, is played as a tense and grim action sequence.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Ride Along is a film so casual in its conception and execution, it should be titled Drive Thru.