David Hiltbrand
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For 126 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hiltbrand's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 75 Bronson
Lowest review score: 12 xXx: State of the Union
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 126
  2. Negative: 39 out of 126
126 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Most of the humor in this film arises from the ludicrous squabbles among Bateman, Sudeikis, and Day, who can springboard from logic to lunacy in a single exchange.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Ride Along is a film so casual in its conception and execution, it should be titled Drive Thru.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The whole thing is rather insipid. But Thomas makes it smoother and more palatable than it deserves to be.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    The script depends entirely too much on a succession of reporters, announcers, and spectators to provide context and detail in clunky, implausible dialogue.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    There is a funny movie to be made from the outrageous egos and excesses of rap music. Death of a Dynasty is not that movie.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    This is the type of movie best enjoyed as a late-night indulgence on cable. Really late at night, when your eyes are still partially open, but your brain has called it quits.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Fortunately for us, they number these Final Destination scarefests. Otherwise, it would be impossible to tell them apart.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    A sturdy and cohesive representative of what tends to be a flimsy and tawdry B-movie genre. It even has a moral: People who live in wax houses shouldn't start fires.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    The problem is that these stoic warriors infect Act of Valor with more wooden acting than you'd see at a ventriloquism school.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    You would think any movie with the word "salmon" in the title would have to be funny. Think again.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    It's highly doubtful that you'll grasp even a little of The Truth About Emanuel after seeing this film. It's not so much a thriller as it is a ride on a runaway crazy train.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    Vilely violent, Saw 2 is the Phnom Penh of splatter movies.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Dracula Untold is a movie that gives good trailer. That's not surprising because it's a visually arresting saga. Unfortunately, the story in the final, full version is thicker than blood.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    There's not much to this movie beyond a slick procession of dark, gleaming violence. But Selene lovers would pay good 3D money to see her fight a parking ticket.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    The animated film has all the hallmarks of a straight-to-DVD project - inferior plot, dull writing, cheap drawing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Judy Moody has some enjoyable ingredients. The cast, for instance, rocks it, especially young Aussie actress Jordana Beatty as the title character, a bottle rocket with unruly red hair.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 12 David Hiltbrand
    Appalling sequel.

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