David Hiltbrand
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For 181 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hiltbrand's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 181
181 tv reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Hiltbrand
    The sumptuous two-hour opener to Season 6 is a remarkable piece of work--beautiful, provocative, and deep. It's an unexpectedly exquisite distillation of the show's themes and aspirations.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Hiltbrand
    The best ensemble cop drama since Hill Street Blues.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Hiltbrand
    Strikingly shot, wonderfully cast, this tough, taut, atmospheric show is the season's best new series.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 David Hiltbrand
    Mirren is once again marvelous.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 David Hiltbrand
    Stylish and well-acted, this is the rare show in which commercials hit with a jolt, awakening you from the program's potent spell.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 David Hiltbrand
    A crackling good British police procedural. ... The British accents and idioms can get dense, but don't let that throw you, you dozy punter.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 David Hiltbrand
    Like The Next Generation, this show tends to be morally didactic. But also like its mother ship, Deep Space Nine is richly imagined, with good scripts and great visuals.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 David Hiltbrand
    It is a beguiling romantic adventure.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 David Hiltbrand
    The concept seems to be an easy one to exhaust. But if the writing manages to stay fresh, we could be looking at the '90s version of The Bob Newhart Show.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 David Hiltbrand
    I'm beseeching you to watch the pilot of this new series. It's not just extraordinary TV--it's the best piece of filmmaking I've seen anywhere this year. ... In subsequent weeks the series settles into a more predictable and sentimental mold, reminiscent of The Wonder Years, but it is still superior TV.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 David Hiltbrand
    Intelligent, fleet, emotionally complex and lightly dusted with Kelley's celebrated sense of the absurd, this is the best hospital show since St. Elsewhere.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 David Hiltbrand
    The new entry is more action-oriented and less morally ponderous than the recent Star Trek series. But it still suffers from its predecessors' overdeveloped air of gravitas.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 David Hiltbrand
    NewsRadio is a nervier, more sophisticated version of WKRP in Cincinnati, updated to a time when people are much less secure about their jobs and far more wary about each other.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    The show may never again attain the sustained comic brilliance of last week's pilot. But this is a rarity for Fox: a sophisticated and clever sitcom.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    Imagine Twin Peaks for preteens.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    The episodes have grown slower and schmaltzier since the gripping pilot, but this series is still as sweet as an egg cream made with Fox's U-Bet Chocolate Syrup.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    As a social experiment, this project fizzles because of the imposing scrutiny (even the phone is tapped) and because of the artificial relationship foisted on these instant loftmates. But as television, it's rather intriguing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    The scope is a little cramped but the writing is wonderfully droll.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    The crime at the heart of the matter isn't quite as intriguing as the one Mirren faced first time around. But the actress is again superb as a woman tenaciously pursuing a demanding job.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    Some of the first-season bugs have been exterminated simply by recruiting young roommates who are more interesting and charismatic, people who smile and laugh a little more.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    In the tradition of Cheers, the show thrives by selling up distinct, contrary personalities and making them collide for a half-hour each week. So far the writing is sharp and punchy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    It's a traditional, timeless sitcom scheme that would have worked as well in the '50s as it does in the '90s. ... The show's strengths are its uncluttered concept and its cast.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    If only the show had a more energetic atmosphere, its characters wouldn't seem so lost in space.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    Shepherd handles the romantic banter quite well. ... But so far, Shepherd isn't particularly adept at the other comic demands of her role: the double takes, the slowly dawning reactions, the ironic deliveries and other tricks of the trade.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    Dr. Katz is a cartoon cross between The Bob Newhart Show and Seinfeld.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    In fact they're all really nice, which is the problem. Except for some minor sexual tension, there's no conflict.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    Though the show lacks the inspired cohesiveness of classic sitcoms like Cheers or Seinfeld, it is bright, brisk and well-played.

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