David Hiltbrand

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For 189 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 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hiltbrand's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 NYPD Blue: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 189
189 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    If the musical element seems this strained in the pilot, when the vastly talented Randy Newman is the composer of all of the songs, one dreads to think how bad it will be after the show has settled in for a few weeks and is struggling for viable melodies.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    Strange, off-the-wall, and even slightly mad.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    Both Harry's life and his work are messy and complicated. The series lets both aspects breathe, without pushing for neat resolutions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hiltbrand
    No question, this is a high-quality production with a fine cast that includes Marin Ireland, Brian Cox, Thomas Sadoski, Michael Nouri, and Penn Badgley. But it's also terribly stagey and saddled with a pretentious voice-over by Victor Garber.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The problem is that Allegiance seems to have painted itself into a corner with its overwrought premise. It dictates that at least once an episode.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    This series is notably dependent on its writing, specifically the crafting of its mystery plots. Because of that, Backstrom will probably turn out to be variably enjoyable from week to week. But at least it has the potential to be excellent.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    The script sometimes ties itself in knots trying to explain all the theoretical physics and horology that drive the plot, but in the early going, it hangs together pretty well.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    The series nails everything that NBC's Smash failed to do with the world of Broadway theater last year, providing a rollicking backstage look at the crazy, temperamental people engaged in artistic expression.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    Ascension is hokey and hyper-staged (in the same way CBS's recent astronaut thriller, Extant, was). But there's a twist at the end of the first night that should have you coming back.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hiltbrand
    Shot primarily in Kazakhstan and Malaysia, the series is richly atmospheric, lavishly produced, and artfully rendered. But you may find that the whole is less than the sum of its parts. It doesn't work nearly as well as drama as it does as sheer spectacle.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    Gracepoint is artsy both in its painterly look and in its treatment. The story rolls out with daring forbearance, almost as if it's transpiring in real time.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 20 David Hiltbrand
    Stalker is pure terror porn from Kevin Williamson, who gave us the Scream horror-movie franchise.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    The scripts are witty if a little pompous.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hiltbrand
    Scorpion has a really cool and grabby pilot that moves at a jolting, jackrabbit pace. But the episode has the unmistakable aura of a magic trick.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Hiltbrand
    In its early going, Gotham is hamhanded and a little bombastic, but drop-dead gorgeous.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    [Debra Messing is] utterly unconvincing in both modes of Laura's character: the cop with a mean left hook and the frazzled mom.... On the plus side, The Mysteries of Laura has really snappy writing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Hiltbrand
    Red Band Society (the name comes from their hospital bracelets) aims for the poignancy of the runaway teen bestseller The Fault in Our Stars, but the TV project is too transparent in the way it goes about tugging on your sympathies.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hiltbrand
    If you'll take zombies any way you can get 'em, Z Nation will hold you over. More discriminating fans may want to wait until next month, when The Walking Dead rumbles back to life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Hiltbrand
    The show is off to a rocky start, but there's the chance each week that it might redeem itself because a well-tailored script could rectify most of its issues.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    The show is wonderfully conceived and executed (if a little pokey pace-wise).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Hiltbrand
    The premise is actually more promising than the one in HBO's The Leftovers, in which a portion of Earth's population just vanishes. But The Lottery is not as well-cast or -produced as that other 10-episode series.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    The leads are extraordinary. Ireland brings a nervy and riveting conviction to the role of the advocate. For Gupton (NBC's Prime Suspect), this is a charismatic, career-making role, and the most potent inducement to watch The Divide.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hiltbrand
    Campy, creepy, and convincing, The Strain is oddly riveting, with a gleeful, pulpy momentum propelling the plot.

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