For 164 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hiltbrand's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Murder One: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Growing Up Fisher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 164
164 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hiltbrand
    Despite a number of funny lines sprinkled through the script, this History isn't very memorable. It seems more like Larry David's What I Did on My Summer Vacation project.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hiltbrand
    As enjoyable as it is to watch, it seems at the same time ridiculously far to go for a joke. You can't escape the feeling that an extraordinary amount of time, money, and talent have been spent on a thin premise.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    The show may never again attain the sustained comic brilliance of last week's pilot. But this is a rarity for Fox: a sophisticated and clever sitcom.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    Like The Office, The Mindy Project trades deftly on the humor of excruciating awkwardness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    Extant has a clever concept that would probably work better on a bigger screen (especially the orbital scenes). But it's thoroughly entertaining--even if you wind up watching it on your shrinky-dink cellphone.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    Although Hatfields & McCoys is slow moving, it's also oddly gripping.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hiltbrand
    Vegas has a lot of things going for it: star power, period ambience, and a compelling Vegas central conflict. But despite all that, the show doesn't feel like it's hit the jackpot.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    Shepherd handles the romantic banter quite well. ... But so far, Shepherd isn't particularly adept at the other comic demands of her role: the double takes, the slowly dawning reactions, the ironic deliveries and other tricks of the trade.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 David Hiltbrand
    A crackling good British police procedural. ... The British accents and idioms can get dense, but don't let that throw you, you dozy punter.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hiltbrand
    The show is a sweetened, Americanized version of the 2002 film of the same name starring Hugh Grant, which was itself adapted from Nick Hornby's 1998 novel.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    [A] cleverly written show.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    That premise could make for a crisp and slick adventure hour; it did in the pilot. Already, though, Fahey's character is losing definition because of a string of unfocused scripts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    As a social experiment, this project fizzles because of the imposing scrutiny (even the phone is tapped) and because of the artificial relationship foisted on these instant loftmates. But as television, it's rather intriguing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 David Hiltbrand
    Savage's sarcastic bon mots sound distinctly more like the words of a grown-up gag writer than they do the spontaneous utterings of a preadolescent. Even though they've dumbed him up since the Borscht Belt pilot, his character is still overwritten.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The show's weakness is a negligible supporting cast, particularly Diedrich Bader and Ryan Stiles.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Hiltbrand
    If only Surviving Jack was more daring. But it falls into TV's sap-trap. Meloni is deliciously derisive, but only for the first 20 minutes of the episode.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 David Hiltbrand
    In the solemn pilot the youngsters were all incredibly mature, incredibly patient, incredibly understanding and incredibly dull. But the characters seem to be growing more selfish, randy and funky.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hiltbrand
    It would have been better served by focusing on the first word in its title, not the second.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hiltbrand
    Despite the silky quality of its production, The Leftovers is a pretty grim and suffocating proposition.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 David Hiltbrand
    The concept seems to be an easy one to exhaust. But if the writing manages to stay fresh, we could be looking at the '90s version of The Bob Newhart Show.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    But all too often, [exploitation is] what this semiautobiographical series feels like.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    There isn't much suspense in the script, nor are there surprising revelations about what happened.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hiltbrand
    Revolution had better worry about generating some voltage of its own. The pilot was excellent, but where does it go from here?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    Allen is one of the fall's freshest finds. But all the best punch lines in the hilarious pilot came right out of his "Men Are Pigs" stand-up routine. With the writers out on their own, the humor seems to be thinning out.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    It's energetic and inventive enough that I suggest you check it out. Maybe twice. Shonda Rhimes has certainly earned at least a second look.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    This is a comfort-food smorgasbord for the Woodstock generation, a harking back to that vision of ourselves as a nation with shared ideals and values.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Hiltbrand
    Girl Meets World is hammier than a Smithfield Foods factory.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 David Hiltbrand
    Even if you swallow all of Trophy Wife's absurd contrivances, you won't be laughing very much.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    The pilot for Touch is actually rather intriguing and well-executed. My problem with the show is projecting how well it will play a couple of months into its run.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    Exciting and twisty, Crisis is the show that CBS thought it had at the start of the season with Hostages.