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 9.5 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: 49 out of 132
  2. Negative: 43 out of 132
132 movie reviews
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Dopey but resourceful yukfest.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    An engaging if transparent tearjerker of the first water.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    When remaking a popular film, you must remember this: First, do no harm to the original. Arthur accomplishes this, with Russell Brand slurring his way neatly through the title role.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    For sci-fi action fans, it's an instant classic. For everyone else, it's a dark, bloody mess.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Veronica Mars is a great deal more than a bonus episode, but slightly less than a movie.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    With his beard and '70s clothes, Reynolds looks like Val Kilmer playing Jim Morrison. Before things go precipitously south, he gives an endearing performance that proves he's ready for far more substantial roles than Van Wilder.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Heights manages to make the lives of all these beautiful people seem quite tedious. Despite their accomplishments, the only thing they seem suited for is hailing cabs.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Completely unhinged, a garish and gonzo walk on the wild side.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    In mood and in content is just SO 20th century.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    A formulaic and fuzzy feel-good movie.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Fortunately for us, they number these Final Destination scarefests. Otherwise, it would be impossible to tell them apart.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    A rambling depiction of a junkie's descent into zombitude.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    A strident and shocking jumble, Shadowboxer suggests what you might come up with if you decided to inject John Huston's dark 1985 film, "Prizzi's Honor," with Oedipal overtones.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Get the soundtrack; wait for the movie to come to CMT.

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