David Hinckley
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For 1,137 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Workaholics: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,137 tv reviews
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The main problem with Rob is that instead of finding fresh insight and perspective from his inside position, Schneider just slams a piñata full of familiar and predictable ethnic jokes.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Watching Best Friends Forever is like going to the sitcom thrift shop and poking through the leftovers. It gets old quickly.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    There just isn't much about Bristol's life that's of much interest to anyone outside of family and friends.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's hard to see this show lasting too far beyond the initial taste.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    As it's set up here, the comedy part doesn't work if Ben isn't genuinely annoying, and the larger arc doesn't work if he isn't genuinely endearing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    1600 Penn mines none of the more subtle and satisfying possibilities of poking fun at a staid institution. It's more like a drug-fueled "Saturday Night Live" sketch that won't end.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The plot often just seems to be killing time between endless battles in which throats are slashed, limbs severed and torsos bisected.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The producers don't even pretend to focus on the girls, however. They focus on the parents, a not very endearing bunch whose ongoing mental games with each other and whose drive to push their daughters creates the drama TV cares about.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    If you’re a sci-fi fan for whom this stuff can never be too complex, have at it. If you’re not, wait an hour and watch “Revolution.”
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Some scenes play like those stiff “re-creations” in crime reality shows and the camera’s constant quick-cuts promote headaches, not intrigue.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The outrageousness becomes cartoonish and the conciliatory moments so forced and predictable they lose their healing power. That’s what happens with How to Live.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The show gets some credit for acting, because the veteran cast members have good comic timing and coax the most out of their lines. Trouble is, that’s like coaxing maximum flavor from a bowl of lawn clippings.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Heche, a strong comic actress, can’t fully conquer the material here, and while the rest of the cast tries hard, there isn’t much with which to get traction.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Princesses proves Jewish women who are mostly from the affluent North Shore of Long Island are at heart not much different from the Italian women who populate Bravo’s most popular series, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Drunk History is a good-natured show with no inflated aspirations. But like a drunk in a game of darts, it doesn’t hit the target very often.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It’s always worth taking a shot at a shark movie. Ghost Shark just needed to be thrown back.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It’s not just that they’re caricatures, or that even the most prominent piece of ’80s music used in the pilot makes you wince. It’s the way every move and sentence feels like the easiest path to predictable gags.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The whole show just feels cartoonish and, well, silly.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Reign at several points is laugh-out-loud funny. Too bad it's not a comedy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Lovable con artists can work on TV, as they did in “Leverage.” They don’t work here, because at every turn the premise and plot get clunkier.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The latest British girlfriends comedy is anything but absolutely fabulous. Sadly, it’s a bit tedious.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Surviving Jack serves up the latest exasperating parent whose outrageous behavior doesn’t add up to a decent sitcom.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    There may be a decent procedural lurking somewhere in here ... We get little payback, though, from watching a show that too often just feels uncomfortable.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Until the show figures out how to make sitcom slapstick and inner-beauty melodrama work, it’s kind of a mess.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    We don’t dislike Annie or Jake. It’s just really hard to imagine where else Marry Me could go from here, and harder to imagine why we would care.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Twenty Good Years" is so bad, its pilot doesn't contain 20 good seconds.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Modern Men" is a waste of money, time and only an elder generation of talent.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    Yes, it's "Married ... With Children" all over again, except that it's not played as broadly, or as successfully.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Inconceivable" is so sappy and syrupy, it's the sort of program that even the Lifetime or Oxygen networks might reject.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Hot Properties" is such a stiff and unfunny sitcom that it's hard to imagine how it got on the air.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    It gets nothing right - not the potential sexiness, not the negligible drama and certainly not any solid shot at explaining, much less popularizing, the alleged sport of roller derby.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Rules of Engagement" is no more believable than it is amusing, and it's never amusing.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Desire" is so cheesy that the restaurant ought to specialize in fondue.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    Big Shots is a big waste.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Lil' Bush" is more than a lil' awful.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 0 David Hinckley
    "How to Get the Guy" doesn't have to worry about a slow slide: It starts out about as low as you can go.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 0 David Hinckley
    The original "I've Got a Secret" was such a simple game show, and such a simple pleasure, that the only way to botch a remake would be to either spice it up or dumb it down. The Game Show Network... manages to do both.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 David Hinckley
    Dating shows tend to be bottom feeders in the "reality" game, but not even the oiliest episodes of "The Bachelor" have ever felt as creepy as "The Cougar."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 0 David Hinckley
    Workaholics is crude, dumb lowbrow comedy, which means it's doing fine right up until the last requirement of the genre, which is that it should be funny. Workaholics is not.