David Hinckley

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For 1,308 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Mad Men: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Workaholics: Season 1
Score distribution:
1308 tv reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    In theory, it's an intriguing concept for a series. But in practice, "Six Degrees" doesn't work at all in drawing you in at the start.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The question, still open, is whether the writers can pack enough comic caffeine into the next 21 weeks to keep viewers along for the ride.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The drama has more false frights than a student horror film, and such an uneven and incompatible tone that it's tough to tell which is funnier, the scenes of alleged humor or the scenes of alleged drama.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's a show where neither the world being created nor the characters populating it are remotely convincing - or interesting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 David Hinckley
    Waters may kill me, but the rest of "'Til Death" doesn't have the same pitch-perfect tone.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The lesser problem is that all the gags are telegraphed. We see them coming long before they arrive. The bigger problem is that when they get here, they all feel forced, as if someone thought of the gag first, then tried to manufacture a situation, however contorted, that would lead to it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    These actors more than deserve a series of their own. They deserve a good one, and "Standoff" isn't it.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Yes, these are good deeds. Yes, Amy Grant seems genuinely nice. But no, "Three Wishes," unlike "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," does not come off as a good TV show.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Carpoolers, despite a few likable cast members and passable jokes, is in so much trouble, it's pulled over, on the shoulder.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    You know a show needs work when its show-stopper is the mime.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Lil' Bush" is more than a lil' awful.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Hidden camera gags often now settle for crude instead of working a little harder to achieve clever.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's not only about a bomb. It is one.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The questions posed by "The Triangle" are fascinating. But the answers are - sometimes literally - a waste of time.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    There's more pathos than humor in "Dice Undisputed," and very little "reality" that seems real rather than self-consciously staged.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's stunning that ABC's new sitcom In the Motherhood, built on stories of life as Mom, manages to come off as stiff, disjointed and curiously unlikable.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The cast is pleasant enough, and Romijn certainly tackles her character with the abandon and conviction necessary to anchor a comedy-drama series. Were the show better written, these actors probably could deliver the goods with no problem.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Since these "Book Club" women do not seem inclined either to read or discuss their books, my advice is to follow their example - and neither watch nor discuss "Tuesday Night Book Club."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Forte himself isn't bad, it should be added. But like the human race when it seems to be down to a single person, the show doesn't feel like it has much of a future.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Let's say Unhitched just isn't very funny.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    This "Free Ride," I suspect, will be over very soon.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Its humor, which dominates, isn't funny enough, and its occasional stabs at dramatic scenes aren't serious enough.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Even the best home run hitters can swing and miss badly, though - and on "The Wedding Bells," all of them do.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The plot strains credulity so much that even that action-happy audience might reject the show.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    "Fashion House" is a passable pop diversion, and a definite curiosity.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The producers are dependent on their contestant and the kindness of baffled strangers to develop an interesting impromptu drama, and it just doesn't happen all that often.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Neither the characters nor the cases in "Conviction" generate much of anything. Not drama, not comedy, and certainly not viewer loyalty.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Stiflingly reverential, sadly superficial.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The whole show just feels cartoonish and, well, silly.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Tonight's new Fox courtroom drama series, "Justice," has plenty of [gimmicks]. What it doesn't have, though, is a persuasive reason to watch.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Surviving Jack serves up the latest exasperating parent whose outrageous behavior doesn’t add up to a decent sitcom.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    He's supposed to be a neurotic slacker who escapes into this cool new world, but even there, he still comes off as a neurotic slacker. You want smack him and tell him to go sit down. And if you did, he probably would.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The word "juvenile" doesn't begin to describe "The Sarah Silverman Show." It completely describes it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Louis-Dreyfus herself tries hard - sometimes too hard - and deserves better.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The latest British girlfriends comedy is anything but absolutely fabulous. Sadly, it’s a bit tedious.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Desperately trying to be mysterious like "Lost," this show, by any other name, turns out to be an ironically diluted version.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's not a very artistic or compelling documentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    They say insanity is performing the same action repeatedly and hoping for a different outcome. For ABC and "Day Break," insanity may be expecting viewers to watch the same day over and over and be interested in the infinite minor and major variations.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    This one is almost impressively wonderless.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Leaden, predictable and, at times, unintentionally funny.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The Captain [is] a historic hotel now populated by every Hollywood stereotype ever dusted off for a sitcom pilot.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    It would be obvious and unfunny to dismiss Rob Corddry's new Fox sitcom, "The Winner," by saying it's a loser. But since the alleged humor in this new series is even more lazy and less amusing than that, it seems only fair.
    • 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.”
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 David Hinckley
    "Rules of Engagement" is no more believable than it is amusing, and it's never amusing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    In a perfect world, Dollhouse would be a good show. It's not.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It doesn't bode well for this series, however, that tonight's premiere features a magnetic, dynamic, no-nonsense female cyborg who steals every scene she's in--and it isn't Ryan as Jaime Sommers.
    • 56 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    A script so unimaginative, and characters so flat and forced, that it begs for a recall vote.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It isn't invested deeply enough in magic to create an alternative world, and while Giuntoli is perfectly fine as a cop, the police procedural part feels routine.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Well, the plot doesn't offer a lot of possibilities. The jokes are predictable even when the delivery is hip, and none of the characters is especially likable, nor do we care that much which of them mix-and-match with which others.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The fragility of these women sucks the fun out of the meeting-and-culling process that should be the entertainment heart of any dating reality show.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    They're profane, contentious and come off hard as nails, given to saying things like if a man is good to his family, his crimes are not that important. For most viewers, it's a glimpse into another world--a world where a glimpse is enough.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Reign at several points is laugh-out-loud funny. Too bad it's not a comedy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Nothing to see.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Matt Ryan plays title character John Constantine, and he gets an incomplete on his acting grade because he has so little legitimate material with which to work.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    In the end, visiting the lives of self-absorbed rich people is about as interesting as visiting people who have saved all their toenail clippings. And named them.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The initial story... is a lot more complicated than it is compelling - and by the time tonight's first hour is up, you aren't hungry for more.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's a waste of Cox's comic talents to have her spend the whole show trapped in lines like, "We had sex three times without you needing a nap or a pill or anything."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    His wavelength is extreme narrowcasting, and most viewers are likely to find Angry Boys just rambling and dull.
    • 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.
    • 49 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The writing is uneven, so is the tone, and all put together, it's just not very engaging.
    • 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."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's hard to see this show lasting too far beyond the initial taste.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The show feels recycled.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The whole thing feels awkward, including the way Ben provides running commentary on all the action in hindsight, after he's already dead.
    • 46 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    It's all surface and very little substance.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It may be harsh to suggest his "Creek" has run dry, but as a followup exploration of teen anxiety, "Hidden Palms" offers little but scenic and human scenery.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    For every story line that intrigues, and every character that sparks some interest, there are several others that don't.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Every year, there's at least one sitcom that takes an extremely talented cast, and wastes all that talent in an extremely disappointing series.
    • 44 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "The Loop" is much more failure than success.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    At first these actions, which feel extreme, seem to have little relation to the problems at hand. It soon becomes clear, however, that they do. As he promises, Robbins is attacking deeper problems, not symptoms, and as with any good infomercial, the results look compelling on the screen.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "Head Cases" has good leading men but a crushingly bad premise.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    My Generation solves that problem by creating fake people. There still could be a worthwhile drama, or least an entertaining soap opera, in "life 10 years after high school." But not when your characters are all stereotypes.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    He's polite-looking and very likable - but aside from some quick ad libs during on-location segments, he doesn't get any chance to establish, much less assert, his personality.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "Criminal Minds," which generates almost no creative energy of its own, has the aura - or is it odor? - of being patched together from scraps of failed CBS dramas of the past.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's not only unimpressive. Parts of it are uncomfortable.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    At the very least, you'd think the Miami edition of this franchise would have some striking pastel visuals. But even the look, alas, is no brighter than the content.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    NBC has reestablished another Thursday night tradition: sticking another unfunny, almost unwatchable sitcom at 8:30.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The network may feel that Bratt could stand there, read the phone book and attract millions of adoring female fans. Starring in "E-Ring" may be the closest thing to finding out whether that's true.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    You wish them all well. But in the end, watching the Hasselhoffs isn't much more interesting than watching a mechanic rebuild the transmission on KITT.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Despite the best efforts of Nicole Kidman, who is operating way above the level of her material, this screwy fantasy nominally inspired by the lives of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier doesn’t even make for a good fairy tale.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Thou shalt not watch.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Everybody in the premiere episode of Strange Days turns out to be a nice guy or gal, and that's a great thing in life. It just doesn't make for a very strange, or interesting, TV Show.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    If you think "Will & Grace" got lazy and tired after a few years, with its broad punch lines and broader plots - and you should - "Twins" accelerates the process by starting out that way.

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