David Hiltbrand
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For 118 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.1 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: 44 out of 118
  2. Negative: 37 out of 118
118 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The whole thing is rather insipid. But Thomas makes it smoother and more palatable than it deserves to be.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Gyllenhaal is particularly unsuited to this role, his saucer eyes flashing from calm to crazed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Hemsworth looks a good deal more like NFL receiver Jeremy Shockey than he does the immortal Avenger.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    This is a straight-up gangsta film, yo. Spare us the phony redemption.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The Woman in Black has lovely period atmosphere. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else besides atmosphere.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Purely as an action film, Riddick is passable, if grueling. The problem is tonal.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    An odd mix of stiff and sumptuous.
    • 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.
    • 42 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Although it is based on a true story, the dramatization doesn't make much sense psychologically.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The constant flipping between stagecraft and reality creates a dissonant static that prevents any satisfying connection with the film.
    • 59 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    If Stealth were a recruitment film for aircraft-carrier duty, one would be tempted to say, "Mission accomplished." As a feature film, it's a washout.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    So achingly empty, it's nearly existential.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    At one point, Statham chases down a sports car while pedaling madly on a kids' bike. Pathétique!
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    The acting is better than the script deserves and Lexi Alexander's cut-to-the-hearse direction lends the film considerable kick.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Faced with the script's weak humor and feeble stabs at irony, Schwartzman and Stiller turn it way up, setting the dial at "hammy."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Surrogates, which borrows tone and content freely from "I, Robot," is all windup and no pitch.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    The aquatic and surf scenes are spectacular. The story, a clichéed climb to inspiration. Soul Surfer is more parable than plot.