David Hiltbrand

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For 133 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hiltbrand's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 75 Dawn of the Dead
Lowest review score: 12 xXx: State of the Union
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 133
  2. Negative: 43 out of 133
133 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    By the time the end finally arrives, you realize you haven't laughed in quite a while and, instead, have been thinking about the chores you have to do after you leave the theater. As diversions go, that's pretty diluted.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    If the Brothers Grimm had devoted themselves to farce rather than scary fairy tales, they might have produced something like Seventh Son, a whacko sword-and-sorcery exercise.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    The Boy Next Door aspires to be a cautionary tale, but it unspools like an infomercial - with a shockingly gory ending.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The premise, which initially has a certain interior logic, grows implausible and then nonsensical.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    Nothing gets taken here except your ticket money.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Unbroken is a grueling endurance test - for the audience just as much as for its cutout champion.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Most of the humor in this film arises from the ludicrous squabbles among Bateman, Sudeikis, and Day, who can springboard from logic to lunacy in a single exchange.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    To give the film its due, the stupidity is served up with energy and good pace. But it takes a thin premise and stretches it like Silly Putty. The title should really be "Obvious and Obviouser."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Gorgeous and disturbing, Big Hero 6 is a departure for Disney: a film targeted at older kids, and the studio's first venture into straight-up comic book culture. Walt would flip in his cryogenic chamber if he saw this anime-style production.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    This is a complicated story, but it's efficiently laid out by Poitras in this smartly edited project. She has posed Citizenfour as the final piece of a post-9/11 trilogy that began with "My Country, My Country" (about the 2006 elections in Iran) and "The Oath" (about Guantanamo).
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Clare Lewins' dizzyingly disjointed documentary, I Am Ali, has one thing going for it: its subject, boxing immortal Muhammad Ali.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Dracula Untold is a movie that gives good trailer. That's not surprising because it's a visually arresting saga. Unfortunately, the story in the final, full version is thicker than blood.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    A sweet, if predictable, kids' comedy. But you have to overlook the conveniently inconsistent behavior of all the characters - except in Garner's case. She never establishes a character.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The raw emotions on display need no translation. David Mackenzie directs the film in a piercingly realistic style. His ingenious decision to forgo a score makes Starred Up even more immersive, because all you hear is the dehumanizing din of prison.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Life of Crime is like an errant golf putt that appears headed for the hole, but just keeps rolling and rolling, all the way off the green. In other words, just missed . . . by a mile.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    The script depends entirely too much on a succession of reporters, announcers, and spectators to provide context and detail in clunky, implausible dialogue.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The constant flipping between stagecraft and reality creates a dissonant static that prevents any satisfying connection with the film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    Mostly, Dinosaur 13 is far too long, slogging along without momentum or suspense. These events would have been better handled in a single installment of Dateline.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The gadgetry and fight scenes are nicely rendered. The aeronautical battles, though, fall well short of state-of-the-art. Maybe they're collateral damage to the film's goofy style.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    The animation in Planes: Fire & Rescue is considerably better, the landscapes grander, and the 3-D flight and firefighting scenes more exciting.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 David Hiltbrand
    There isn't an original frame or line of dialogue in Rage. It's strictly paint by numbers. Or in this case, plasma.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    An exceptionally fine children's film.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 David Hiltbrand
    Blended throws a lot of things on the screen, but in the end, it has to confront its awkward and artificial "romance." And that's just ugly.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    The result is a funny and raucously lewd comedy fueled with enough penis jokes to keep an actual fraternity in stitches for a trimester.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    This is a very New York film with a distinctly vintage atmosphere thanks to the sepia tint and cool jazz that plays throughout scenes - and sometimes over the dialogue.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Hiltbrand
    Lean's classic is something of a picnic compared to The Railway Man, which contains horrific scenes of torture.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Although it is based on a true story, the dramatization doesn't make much sense psychologically.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    This is the type of movie best enjoyed as a late-night indulgence on cable. Really late at night, when your eyes are still partially open, but your brain has called it quits.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Veronica Mars is a great deal more than a bonus episode, but slightly less than a movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 David Hiltbrand
    Israeli director Noam Murro does an excellent job of managing and expanding the franchise established so vividly by Zach Snyder.

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