David Hiltbrand

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For 188 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 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 Lucky 7: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 188
188 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    The focus and tone could shift and drift any number of ways in subsequent weeks. But whether it rises or falls, Empire is off to a sensational start.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    Beyond the breezy dialogue, MAoS is terrific-looking and has action scenes that are above par for primetime. Not enough to wow you, but a fun date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    This is an incredibly violent and an incredibly powerful show about men who find it difficult to talk to one another but have no problem raising their voices--and their fists.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The show's comically choreographed mayhem is a difficult premise to sustain, like trying to stage a big bumper-car pileup again and again. So be sure to watch—and tape—this week's pilot directed by Lynch. It's a doozy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    Anderson gives the character an irresistible goofy charm, and it's nice to see a western that doesn't take the genre too seriously.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    Slick and often witty, this is a show with its high beams on. But the device of having Dey and Thomas directly address the camera isn't the only false note struck. The characters are thin, and the chemistry doesn't cook.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The jokes are, for the most part, more clever than funny.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The tone of Central Park West is so facile, glossy and brittle that its visual style often resembles some frosty Eurotrash perfume commercial. But the first episodes hit the ground sprinting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The show has a sophisticated sense of humor that suits Silverman's talents. But he is surrounded by an anemic cast.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The show's weakness is a negligible supporting cast, particularly Diedrich Bader and Ryan Stiles.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The visual components of the show—particularly the armament and the battle scenes—are sleek enough to excite younger viewers. But the plots and characters in Space are as thin as the air up there, and might leave adults floating out in the cold.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    If the producers can keep the mood spooky, this show will have its devoted adherents. Deservedly so.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    On balance it's a good, fun show. But it's not a true standout.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    At its best, it's still several strides behind the savage, protean wit of The Simpsons, and the humor sputters when the focus is personal—detailing Sherman's dating woes or his relationship with his son.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The show's saving grace is that as the weeks go by, the characters begin to grow on you. That has more to do with the actors' animation than it does with the rimshot writing.
    • 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.
    • 64 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    The scripts are witty if a little pompous.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    On Awake, the concept is all. Consequently, it takes a little explaining.
    • 64 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.
    • 56 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.
    • 51 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    A sharper creepy TV movie.
    • 70 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.

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