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 9.9 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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Freeman and Hoskins lend the film a level of artistry it doesn't really deserve. Unleashed has a vivid concept, but savagery and sentimentality make strange costars.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    This hotly anticipated film delivers on the premise of its celebrated title. But it offers little more in terms of suspense, originality or enjoyment. Mostly, it lays there on the screen like a big lazy boa.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The Express eventually reaches its triumph-of-the-human-spirit climax, but it yanks too hard on the heart strings during the long journey there.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Clare Lewins' dizzyingly disjointed documentary, I Am Ali, has one thing going for it: its subject, boxing immortal Muhammad Ali.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    A sweet, if predictable, kids' comedy. But you have to overlook the conveniently inconsistent behavior of all the characters - except in Garner's case. She never establishes a character.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.

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