David Hiltbrand

David Hiltbrand

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Philadelphia Inquirer , San Jose Mercury News
Total Reviews:
291

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
42% Houdini: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The two-part Houdini jells in fascinating fashion - especially the first night - despite a wildly overreaching script by Nicholas Meyer. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 1, 2014
2/4 63% Life Of Crime (2014) " 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." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/4 77% Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014) " It's the human element in Island of Lemurs: Madagascar that disappoints." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 22, 2014
1.5/4 17% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " When the Game Stands Tall is more manipulative than a hulking chiropractor. It's so busy beatifying its protagonist that it makes him into a grave idol rather than a man." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 22, 2014
1.5/4 71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) " These events would have been better handled in a single installment of Dateline." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2/4 65% Finding Fela! (2014) " The constant flipping between stagecraft and reality creates a dissonant static that prevents any satisfying connection with the film." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 15, 2014
1.5/4 34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " This Sylvester Stallone franchise has devolved into the clown car of action movies: a casting gimmick to see how many AARP actors you can cram into one vehicle." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 15, 2014
58% Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Legends with Sean Bean is a show, that, like Josh Holloway's CBS series Intelligence last season, should work but doesn't due to a lack of imagination and daring. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 12, 2014
89% Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Break out the tartan, lassies. This is a bonnie treat. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 11, 2014
87% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Knick captures an intriguing tension between staid decorum and spurting blood, between the Victorian and the ventral. It's one of the most ambitious series in recent memory. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 7, 2014
25% Partners: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This is very much an old-school sitcom, just with a slightly raunchier edge. But there's a reason that genre has proven imperishable on TV. The parade-of-punch-lines formula works. And it does here, too, although in a slightly hit-or-miss fashion. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 5, 2014
3.5/4 71% Alive Inside (2014) " Alive Inside is a small but vibrant miracle. The documentary finds hope and joy in one of our nation's bleakest settings, nursing homes." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Guardians of the Galaxy is an open fire hydrant of a summer movie: more fun than should be allowed in such hot weather." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 1, 2014
89% Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " 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. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 29, 2014
2.5/4 61% Hercules (2014) " The battle scenes, though rousing, fall short of epic. But it's reliably fun to watch - up until the brutish, smudgy conclusion ..." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 26, 2014
1.5/4 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " The same lame puns wedged into a succession of situations, rather than a story." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 18, 2014
67% Matador: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " 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. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 15, 2014
1.5/4 14% Rage (2014) " There isn't an original frame or line of dialogue in Rage." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 11, 2014
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Welcome to Sweden is engaging for its exotic Scandinavian setting and warm visual style. It's a winning mix of low-key charm and robust humor. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 10, 2014
83% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Extant has a clever concept that would probably work better on a bigger screen (especially the orbital scenes). But it's thoroughly entertaining - even if you wind up watching it on your shrinky-dink cellphone. Read more at " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 8, 2014
3/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " Sure, Earth to Echo is derivative, but it's refreshingly updated. Echo, I.M. home." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 2, 2014
2.5/4 24% Tammy (2014) " McCarthy bum-rushes the role like John Candy with a sour, combative disposition, reacting to every humiliation and rejection with feisty hostility." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 2, 2014
69% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " In the final analysis, The Leftovers is an insular and off-puttingly existential exercise, shot through with a lot of empty air and empty space. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 30, 2014
2/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Go if you must, but bring earplugs." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 27, 2014
82% Girl Meets World: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The nostalgia angle doesn't hold up real well. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 26, 2014
78% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Halt and Catch Fire has all the self-importance of AMC's other modern period piece, Mad Men. But it lacks the substance to make that swagger look anything but foolish. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 2, 2014
94% The Normal Heart (2014) " Overscored and overwrought, The Normal Heart is a tough pill to swallow. The direction of Ryan Murphy (Glee) is piercingly staccato (and visually inconsistent). The tender moments don't resonate, and the fraught moments feel hysterical." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 26, 2014
1/4 14% Blended (2014) " 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." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 23, 2014
70% Labyrinth: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Labyrinth is a surprisingly sophisticated historical thriller. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 22, 2014
1.5/4 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Million Dollar Arm pulls so hard on your heartstrings, it tears most of the tendons in its pitching arm." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 16, 2014
3/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " It's the most rollicking frat comedy since Revenge of the Nerds II. (Miss you, Booger.)" — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 9, 2014
79% Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " 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. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 8, 2014
31% Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Director Agnieszka Holland displays great visual control over the material and, with assurance, incrementally tightens the noose on the suspense. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 8, 2014
84% 24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014) " This abbreviated 12-episode revival may be an improvement because of the way it galvanizes the pace. Turns out Jack didn't need a whole day to save our bacon. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 5, 2014
3/4 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " Fading Gigolo gets an extra star merely for showcasing the egg cream, the Brooklyn beverage that is the nectar of the gods. Shalom!" — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 2, 2014
1/4 44% Walking With The Enemy (2014) " A badly written, poorly acted, bathetic pageant of bad wigs and worse accents, rendered with production values on a par with NBC's recent Sound of Music mummery." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3/4 66% The Railway Man (2014) " Beautifully acted, The Railway Man is profoundly moving, and yet, somehow, its sentimental ending manages to be both unearned and predictable." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 25, 2014
25% Black Box: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Black's condition is no joke - except when it is. The series is severely manic-depressive itself and emotionally manipulative in both modes. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 24, 2014
54% Salem: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The collision of supernatural and colonial in Salem is far darker and spookier than in Fox's hit Sleepy Hollow. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 22, 2014
2.5/4 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " After making a crackling good impression, Alan Partridge overstays its welcome to a harrowing extent." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 18, 2014
98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Fargo the series cannot recapture that fission, but it is enjoyable, funny, and, something TV rarely is, weird. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 16, 2014
75% Deadbeat: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's crass, and often trespasses on racially or sexually offensive territory. But if your sense of humor has a strong adolescent streak, then buddy, your raft just slammed into the dock. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 9, 2014
50% Turn: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " An uneven, if promising, period drama set during the American Revolution. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 4, 2014
94% Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The humor is clever if a little claustrophobic. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/4 21% Frankie & Alice (2014) " Berry has proven she's willing to take on enormous challenges, and she certainly exceeds her grasp here. Perhaps that's why Frankie & Alice plays more like an elaborate acting workshop than a movie." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 4, 2014
10% Friends With Better Lives: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The humor is decidedly caustic and surprisingly smutty. This might work as a cable comedy, where they could be explicit. On a network, it just seems insolently self-satisfied. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 31, 2014
68% Surviving Jack: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's a wonderful opportunity for Meloni, playing TV's most unregenerate curmudgeon since Dabney Coleman gave us Buffalo Bill. And he makes a smorgasbord of it. " — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/4 20% Sabotage (2014) " 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." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2.5/4 65% Bad Words (2014) " Go see Bad Words for its breathtakingly wicked setup. Just be aware the spell wears off." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2.5/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Sunny and cheerful, Muppets Most Wanted is a cascade of epic silliness, good for a few fleeting and familiar chuckles." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 21, 2014
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