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 11.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hiltbrand's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 75 Great Expectations
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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    For sci-fi action fans, it's an instant classic. For everyone else, it's a dark, bloody mess.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Veronica Mars is a great deal more than a bonus episode, but slightly less than a movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Harlin, with his customary visual brio, has created a film that is deliriously watchable. It's just not all that interesting. In the end, The Covenant is simply a glossier version of TV's "Charmed."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    A monster chiller sequel that is visually spectacular but rather overburdened with story.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    A brazen, earsplitting, eye-popping, oddly satisfying action extravaganza, though it veers wildly off-target in its second hour.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    An extremely broad and sometimes crude comedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    A formulaic and fuzzy feel-good movie.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    You want to cut Cop Out some slack because it's just so darn eager to please. So let's grant that it will make a reliably fun companion when it's on cable 10 times a week.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Get the soundtrack; wait for the movie to come to CMT.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Gyllenhaal is particularly unsuited to this role, his saucer eyes flashing from calm to crazed.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    It would be inaccurate to say there are plots in New Year's Eve. There are a number of setups, and these get shuffled through faster than a card dealer in Atlantic City.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The premise, which initially has a certain interior logic, grows implausible and then nonsensical.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    It's not so much a miscalculation of his audience by Burton as it is a disregard. What lingers after Frankenweenie, far more than its stunning technique, is a sad suggestion of solipsism.

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