David Hiltbrand
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For 178 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 Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Growing Up Fisher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 178
178 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Hiltbrand
    The best ensemble cop drama since Hill Street Blues.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    The singular quality of the Coen Brothers' Fargo was the breathtaking, almost palpable tone it created by threading violence and wit through a staggeringly vapid Midwestern milieu. Fargo the series cannot recapture that fission, but it is enjoyable, funny, and, something TV rarely is, weird.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 David Hiltbrand
    Overscored and overwrought, The Normal Heart is a tough pill to swallow. The direction of Ryan Murphy (Glee) is piercingly staccato (and visually inconsistent). The tender moments don't resonate, and the fraught moments feel hysterical.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    You don't have to like country to enjoy Nashville with its twisty plot threads of ego, sex, ambition, backstabbing and regret.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    Even in today's world in which everyone lives online, the milieu of Silicon Valley makes for a rather small target. But Judge and his colleagues manage to hit it smartly.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Hiltbrand
    Strikingly shot, wonderfully cast, this tough, taut, atmospheric show is the season's best new series.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    It's a deeply researched, visually superb two-part study of what the film terms "a decade-long natural catastrophe of biblical proportions." ... The second chapter on Monday night, "Reaping the Whirlwind," is slower and less informative.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    The almost contemplative tone of the piece makes the suspenseful moments jump off the screen. But the pace, which is decidedly deliberate to begin with, slows about halfway through, as the political becomes deeply personal.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    Wallander, as you might expect, has a very Scandinavian tone, full of gray landscapes and characters shot through murky panes of glass. But the acting is excellent, down to supporting-cast members.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 David Hiltbrand
    The emergency sequences are pure adrenaline rush, but the drama, romance and humor ladled into the lull periods are pretty hackneyed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 David Hiltbrand
    Dr. Katz is a cartoon cross between The Bob Newhart Show and Seinfeld.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hiltbrand
    If musical theater gives you goose bumps, congratulations. You just got a front-row seat. If it doesn't enthrall you, Smash will strike you as almost unbearably tedious and pretentious.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 David Hiltbrand
    The drama is clumsy and over-baked and the plotting implausible. ... Still, an energetic cast and the musical setting combine to make this silly show watchable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Manhattan is awfully overwrought, stocked with personalities as volatile as the radioactive isotopes they're trying to tame. Its melodramatic tone makes it resemble Lifetime's Army Wives more than it does A Beautiful Mind.
    • 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
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    The Americans may be a tricky concept to sustain, because it means bringing the protagonists to the very brink of discovery on a regular basis. But for now, it's a daring tightrope walk, full of action and suspense.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    It's artfully directed, but intensely grisly. And its atmosphere is far more coherent than its sometimes sketchy narrative. But it does string you along. With barbed wire.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    Crossfire Hurricane is deeply enjoyable for the songs--from "She's a Rainbow" to "Brown Sugar"--and for the extraordinary trove of archival film it has assembled.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 David Hiltbrand
    It is a beguiling romantic adventure.
    • 76 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 David Hiltbrand
    They should have spent less of that budget on computer graphics, scale models and sets—and more on the writing. This is drab melodrama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The jokes are, for the most part, more clever than funny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Hiltbrand
    The series is exceedingly good at what it does, but that is not storytelling, which leaves The Knick in the curious position of being utterly absorbing without being particularly engaging.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    On balance it's a good, fun show. But it's not a true standout.