For 163 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 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hiltbrand's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Growing Up Fisher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 163
163 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 David Hiltbrand
    The drama is sci-fi lite, rendered with gee-whiz energy and a sense of levity. And it's frivolous and under-imagined.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 David Hiltbrand
    When the focus is on the trio's fractious home life, the show is lively enough to overcome its formulaic nature. But Curry also plays a substitute teacher, which means he's often surrounded by precocious little smart alecks.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 David Hiltbrand
    Each episode tries to shoehorn in bold a history and an ethics lesson with the period dress and picturesque ports of call. The result, though visually rich, is like a fuddy-duddy theme-park ride.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 David Hiltbrand
    It's part underwear ad, part catfight, part Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and part psycho ward. So far it's also pretty stiff and strident, particularly in regard to the acting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 David Hiltbrand
    This septet just has more highly evolved communication skills. They have a problem? They sit down and talk about it. BOR-ING!!! Or maybe the novelty has just worn off this experiment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 David Hiltbrand
    It's painful to criticize a show that has intelligence and depth, but there's no getting around the fact that overarching earnestness and a subtle but troubling air of fatalism combine to make this a dolorous hour.
    • 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.