David Hiltbrand
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For 119 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 8.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hiltbrand's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 75 Starred Up
Lowest review score: 12 xXx: State of the Union
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 119
  2. Negative: 37 out of 119
119 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    A formulaic and fuzzy feel-good movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Invention - a mash-up of two Jim Carrey comedies, "Liar Liar" and "Bruce Almighty" - flirts with being a one-gag pony. Shocking sincerity loses its comic impact after a while.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    If you can stomach the hard-R rating, this is a smart, sexy and funny sprint.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Hemsworth looks a good deal more like NFL receiver Jeremy Shockey than he does the immortal Avenger.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Part of Me is Perry's visually spectacular testimonial to her own indomitable determination to follow her dreams. The fact that the film lends itself to some really colorful Pinterest pages is merely a bonus.
    • 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
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Like "Jumanji," Shorts runs out of momentum before it's half over. That leaves it treading slapstick and killing time until its strained and preposterous big finish.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    An engaging if transparent tearjerker of the first water.
    • 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
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    An exceptionally fine children's film.
    • 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
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Israeli director Noam Murro does an excellent job of managing and expanding the franchise established so vividly by Zach Snyder.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.