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

David Hiltbrand's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 75 Dave Chappelle's Block Party
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
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    This isn't a movie, it's an animatronic theme-park ride - an artificially processed, easily digestible treat for kids.Ho, ho hum.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The whole thing is rather insipid. But Thomas makes it smoother and more palatable than it deserves to be.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    With no clear idea how to end the movie, which has come to resemble an excessive episode of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, writer/director Stuart Beattie (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) uses an old but still effective Hollywood trick: He blows up everything on the screen to smithereens.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    An odd mix of stiff and sumptuous.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    In mood and in content is just SO 20th century.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    A rambling depiction of a junkie's descent into zombitude.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Even though it's all preliminaries, no main event, Grudge Match is harmless enough as entertainment. Just not as harmless as its poor protagonists.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The constant flipping between stagecraft and reality creates a dissonant static that prevents any satisfying connection with the film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The Woman in Black has lovely period atmosphere. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else besides atmosphere.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    This is a straight-up gangsta film, yo. Spare us the phony redemption.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Completely unhinged, a garish and gonzo walk on the wild side.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Sly can still fill a too-tight polo shirt at 66 - in the same way Jack LaLanne did in his later years. But no amount of movie magic can make him pass for a lethal and nimble juggernaut.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Fortunately for us, they number these Final Destination scarefests. Otherwise, it would be impossible to tell them apart.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Let's face it: Kids aren't a very demanding audience. If there's color, movement, and a high quotient of silliness, they're happy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Purely as an action film, Riddick is passable, if grueling. The problem is tonal.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The story and the humor get progressively skimpier than an Ipanema bikini.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Hemsworth looks a good deal more like NFL receiver Jeremy Shockey than he does the immortal Avenger.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Life of Crime is like an errant golf putt that appears headed for the hole, but just keeps rolling and rolling, all the way off the green. In other words, just missed . . . by a mile.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Although it is based on a true story, the dramatization doesn't make much sense psychologically.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Though imaginatively directed by Harald Zwart, Mortal Instruments, which is adapted from Cassandra Clare's YA novels, is marred by significant flaws.

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