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 Mad Men: Season 6
Lowest review score: 20 Growing Up Fisher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 178
178 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    Allen is one of the fall's freshest finds. But all the best punch lines in the hilarious pilot came right out of his "Men Are Pigs" stand-up routine. With the writers out on their own, the humor seems to be thinning out.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The jokes are, for the most part, more clever than funny.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    Trading on a paranoid, conspiratorial tone that recalls The Prisoner and MTV's Dead at 21, the show is jumbled but jazzy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    That premise could make for a crisp and slick adventure hour; it did in the pilot. Already, though, Fahey's character is losing definition because of a string of unfocused scripts.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    The pilot for Touch is actually rather intriguing and well-executed. My problem with the show is projecting how well it will play a couple of months into its run.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    On Awake, the concept is all. Consequently, it takes a little explaining.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    It's energetic and inventive enough that I suggest you check it out. Maybe twice. Shonda Rhimes has certainly earned at least a second look.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    Although Hatfields & McCoys is slow moving, it's also oddly gripping.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    Anger Management turns out to be a likable, nicely loaded sitcom.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    1600 Penn has the unfortunate habit of milking every joke, even the most artificial and obvious ones. And its absurdist humor is hit-or-miss at best. And yet it has an undeniable charm, however superficial and ingratiating.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    Its nonlinear, whydunit approach makes the show stand out. The fractured loop-de-loop narrative creates not just surprise but suspense.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    It manages to be lush, gross, frightening, and ridiculous--all at the same time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    Suffice it to say Da Vinci's Demons (warning: it contains nudity, violence, and profanity) has a lot of balls in the air. But it manages this juggling act with aplomb.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    Cast, concept, execution--there's a lot to root for in Intelligence. But they'll be pushing a big rock up the hill week after week.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    This is a solid addition to a saga we find endlessly fascinating.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    The retrieved home movie footage creates a lambent prism through which the '70s seem like a simpler time. It also makes Our Nixon a uniquely dynamic time capsule.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    This is programming that will strike you as either prestigious or pretentious. The dialogue, as is often the case with LaBute, seems notably natural at times, terribly scripted at others.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    A sharper creepy TV movie.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    24: Live Another Day has all the old style and content hallmarks: the crazy, adrenalized action, the hidden-agenda plot twists, and the pounding Wagnerian countdowns to commercials. In fact, this abbreviated 12-episode revival may be an improvement because of the way it galvanizes the pace.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    The production and period values are outstanding, as is the cast, especially Timothy Dalton as famed African explorer Sir Malcolm Murray.... As creator John Logan moves away from the horror by the Thames and more toward the internal demons that haunt his protagonists, Penny veers toward the overwritten and overwrought. But by then, you may well be in for a pound.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    The scripts are witty if a little pompous.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    This is a comfort-food smorgasbord for the Woodstock generation, a harking back to that vision of ourselves as a nation with shared ideals and values.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    Glitzy, spoofy, and bristling with attitude, Matador is the modern equivalent of I Spy, the classic '60s series about a pro tennis player/secret agent, starring Robert Culp and Bill Cosby.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    In its early going, Gotham is hamhanded and a little bombastic, but drop-dead gorgeous.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    Davis goes all Sasha Fierce on the role. In fact, her potent performance nearly overwhelms the show, something that rarely happens on TV. She certainly makes the younger contingent of the cast fade into the woodwork.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 David Hiltbrand
    The show runs on the same alternating current of pathos and comedy as L.A. Law, but the drama is more ponderous and the humor a good deal more forced.
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    • 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.