David Hiltbrand

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For 133 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 10.4 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: 50 out of 133
  2. Negative: 43 out of 133
133 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    This film plays out like one of those trigger-happy video games -- it's all cranial splatter. Word to the squeamish: Dawn of the Dead merits a very hard R rating. The depictions of violence are exceedingly graphic.
    • 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
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    This is a very New York film with a distinctly vintage atmosphere thanks to the sepia tint and cool jazz that plays throughout scenes - and sometimes over the dialogue.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.

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