For 1,045 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Bleak House: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Workaholics: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,045 tv reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    As in past seasons, a few moments this year may seem made for TV. But this is a show that's scored way more than it has faltered, and the opening episode suggests that streak will continue.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    [Garbus] captures the epic, almost mythical scope of his talent and thus the tragic height of his fall.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Add strong performances by a dozen major characters, starting with Claire Foy as Little Dorrit, and you've got the kind of production television is often accused of having abandoned.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 David Hinckley
    Waters may kill me, but the rest of "'Til Death" doesn't have the same pitch-perfect tone.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Just the beginning scene, which lasts almost six minutes before anyone says a word, will plunge everyone right back into a world where there may be no way out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    If you loved "The Office" you may have grave doubts that any followup comedy could be as good and as quote-the-dialogue funny. "Extras" is that - another triumph, and a perfect Sunday-night companion piece for "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    If I sound too enthusiastic about a series that ends up, in the pilot, being a bit too obsessed with special effects, I apologize. The Devil made me do it. Or at least Ray Wise did
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Burton and Taylor confines itself to the nine months of the tour, and while that’s a wise decision, it does mean we only get allusions to other aspects of their relationship.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    "The Nine," starting tomorrow, is the show most people will want to discuss at the office water cooler.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    There are a lot of good laughs here, and they are not the result of Larry David changing anything about the show or his character, who is the show. He'd still trip his mother to get the last seat on the bus.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Damages is a show that has always required a viewer's full attention, and the rewards are there for those who do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Elizabeth is mercurial, powerful, unpredictable - qualities made real, and a bit frightening, because of the intensity with which Mirren commits to the role.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The Loving Story is a different kind of 1960s civil rights tale, one that in many ways has a deeper level of warmth.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Boardwalk Empire loses sight of neither the large nor the small pictures as it moves into season two.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Some Dexter fans have thought the show meandered around for the last couple of seasons as if it were waiting for something to happen. Now it has.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It’s the kind of deft touch that makes Rectify, a series with a very measured pace, stay lively enough so we’re willing to wait for something to happen.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Sons has hit the ground roaring.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    No, The Hour is unlikely to remind anyone of "Mad Men." Except that it's superior period drama with a deliberate pace.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Whether the people here are fifth-generation circus or they ran away to join it, their lives make for a good tale.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Justified doesn't have the bite of "Fire in the Hole," from which the first episode was adapted, but it gets much of the tone--droll, a little weary, frequently tense, sometimes conflicted--never forgetting that at the core, good is challenging evil.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's nasty, hard-core stuff--a tale well told.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    In many ways, Branagh's Wallander slides seamlessly into a long line of screen detectives who think more loudly than they talk.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    As usual with premiere episodes, it's not until the end that we start to sense which contestants we can ignore and which ones could be around awhile. The pace will quicken once we have a better sense of the lineup.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    You don't have to know a thing about "Firefly" to enjoy this fascinating victory dance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Brooks makes it fresh, and not just because he comments on clips from "Blazing Saddles" or "Your Show of Shows," the seminal TV show he worked on with Sid Caesar in the early 1950s.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    For viewers, most of the jokes still click.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While it’s too early to tell for sure, Harmon does seem to have brought back some of the show’s earlier spirit. What he’s not doing is making an overt bid for any new, broader audience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Lange is fine as the senior Edie, but Barrymore, for reasons not entirely her fault, seems off her game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    [A] powerful and impressive 40th anniversary retrospective on the Watergate case and the movie it spawned, “All the President’s Men.”
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Walking Dead may be under new management, but it seems to have kept its rhythm, moving easily between bursts of intense violence and long stretches of psychological sparring.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s not just a good story, it’s a good story well told.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    House of Cards, like “The West Wing,” has soap and melodrama in its DNA. It also moves at a surprisingly deliberate pace, often seeming to linger on a scene just so it won’t clutter itself up by bringing in too many subplots. Still, the second season maintains the tension of the first season, and the “Bad Boys at Work” sign is still up. Let the binging begin.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    For the nongeeks among us, watching HBO's sprawling new fantasy drama Game of Thrones is the epic TV version of trying to sort out the Middle East. That doesn't make it a bad show, and certain elements like the production can be savored by all.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s a complex, multilayered show, with the writing and acting chops to pull it off.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Orange has graphic scenes that aren’t for kids. But they aren’t played for cheap gags, either, and that attitude serves the production well. With Schilling in top form, this Orange tastes fresh.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    As good a cast as you'll find anywhere on TV.... But in the end, the decisive question may be whether inner TV provides as much material as the inner White House.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Fascinating film details history of American unit whose sole objective was to fool Hitler and Nazis by creating fake armies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    How fitting, then, that the plastic-surgery drama returns Tuesday for its fifth season by dangerously reinventing itself. Dangerously - and totally successfully.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    A sports tryout is an interesting ritual and Bobby Knight is an interesting character. But like a good basketball team, a riveting reality show doesn't come together overnight.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Tonight's episode just feels a little too much like the first day of orientation, where we're squinting at nametags, instead of checking out what's for dinner.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    You either like Beavis and Butt-Head or, if you're like most of the world, you don't. And they don't care. If you do, it will be good news that they are back and better news that they've lost nothing off their fastball.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Moguls & Movie Stars has been assembled with obvious care, using a wide range of illustrative material and charming interviews with surviving major characters, descendants and historians.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Unlike most serialized dramas of late... "24" continues to do everything right.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    This TV version not only has a distinct, appealing look, it also retains the radio show's sound and personality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    High School Musical 2 is an inevitable, unstoppable juggernaut--so be grateful it's as good as it is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Lights Out isn't always comfortable watching, because it forces people we like to do things we don't like. But if it's sometimes hard to watch, it's harder not to.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Too much of Men, despite Romano's skill at observational humor, feels slow and uncomfortably downbeat.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The documentary covers, thoroughly and in as balanced a way as possible, the murder of a 15-year-old California middle-school student by a classmate.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Everything but the problems feels increasingly awkward and forced. Well-played as the characters remain, we care less about them, not more.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Whichever the case, or whatever combination of the two, watching these 15 aspiring fashion designers compete for their big break is more fun than a new Victoria's Secret catalogue.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Admit it: You've probably never considered the potential impact of sleep deprivation on a serial killer. Well, the creators of Dexter have, and the results make for highly entertaining television.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    You want to like it, because the rough patches stem more from high ambition than from shortcomings.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Watching them through this process turns out to be surprisingly interesting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    As with "Mad Men," we all recognize the workplace dynamic here. And as in "Mad Men," it's satisfying to see it dramatized in such a fresh and knowing way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Nurse Jackie is delivering quite nicely with the personnel on hand. Among other things, it confirms that the best comedy is often rooted in things that are not funny at all, but make people act in funny ways.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It still drives you crazy with flashbacks, flash-forwards, fantasies and all manner of other tricks that do help define the show's ambience, but which often interrupt the story as much as they enhance it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Parker turns in a performance bubbling over with vitality and believability, even when the script itself strains credulity or when individual lines of dialogue slip too much into sitcom punch lines and rhythms.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Archer is the rare show that's in love with its own wordplay and good enough that this love becomes endearing rather than annoying.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's well-paced, it's fun to watch and none of the characters needs to be anywhere near as annoying as, say, Nick Castle.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Lost returns Wednesday exactly the way fans like it: utterly, totally, completely incomprehensible to anyone who doesn't know the secret handshake. If you're a fan, however, or if you're willing to really study the one-hour crash catchup course that ABC is airing before the first two new episodes tonight, you'll be rewarded with richly intertwined and well-acted drama.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "Courting Alex" is courting disaster by the way it plays against Elfman's, and Coleman's, strengths.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    These four hours pack as much intensity and darkness as 22 episodes of many other police shows.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Any fan of Westerns, or of Duvall, will not be disappointed if this "Trail" is followed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Viewers willing to put in the work tonight could be rewarded with a complex, nicely turned drama. Those less interested can wait a week, when the 10 p.m. options will expand to include Jay Leno telling jokes. No scorecard needed there.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Boss makes the stories compelling and chilling all over again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Patty returns to the unanswered question that Ellen asked her last season: "Is it worth it?" For viewers, yes, it is.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Crucial, sometimes hopeful and sometimes worrisome as the larger issues of modern medicine are, Hopkins excels on the human side.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    While he can be matter-of-fact, bemused and self-deprecating, he never loses a sense of forcefulness, purpose and pride. As Fishburne obviously understands, the story requires no hand-waving or rhetorical embellishment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    So The Closer is still the same fast-paced cop drama. It's just that now we also have the subtext of finding out what road we take to the close.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    It's the best high school coaching drama since "The White Shadow," and deserves a chance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The new musical-comedy drama Glee dresses like "High School Musical" and has the heart of "Porky's." That's a compliment.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    "Raines" not only deserves an audience - with any luck at all, it deserves a renewal, and a firm spot on NBC's fall schedule.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The acting, led by Rhys Meyers, is solid. The costumes and production are good and the dialogue smooth, though one wonders if clergy in the 16th century really used the word "newfangled."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Being Mary Jane is a film for grownups. A good film for grownups.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    There are no actual fires involved, and several key scenes are played in near-silence. The emotional intensity, though, rips right through the screen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    One of this season's most tasty and twisted TV treats.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a premise that requires as much clever dramatic footwork as you might expect, and creator Joe Weisberg, a former CIA agent, handles the challenge.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    A well-crafted documentary directed by Nelson George tracking Johnson's life, from when he landed in Los Angeles, led the Lakers to championship titles, and how upon learning of his diagnosis helped change the world.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    It presents a mouthwatering cast and a tasty premise, then fails to generate a succulent premiere.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Just reciting plots can make Southland sound like a soap opera, and in some ways that's what ensemble shows are. But this one is more than that.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    It's bold, different and exciting, with a central character and performance that take your breath away.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This seven-part National Geographic series on the world's great migrations turns out to be riveting--not just beautifully filmed, which you would expect, but bursting with great stories about how diverse creatures have learned to survive in a world where everyone is fighting for the same food, air, turf and water.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Other complications arise as well, and Laurie is superb in this episode, carrying scenes so strongly that for long stretches the viewer will forget the absence of his regular colleagues entirely.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    At times, the show feels almost as dense to viewers as the case feels to the characters. It’s got an inherent intrigue, though, and even before we fully understand the mystery, Kruger has us rooting for Cross to solve it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    The gamble is that other characters can hold our interest and move the ball forward while we wait for Carrie and Brody. Mission accomplished.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The show pays more attention to relationships we care about, hints at a sensible number of new ones that show some promise, and thus doesn't rely on obscure medical mysteries to carry the whole dramatic burden.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It makes for an intense two hours.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The notes of triumph become louder and more frequent as PBS’ ambitious six-hour series on America’s fastest-growing minority moves toward its conclusion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a fun ride and Wyle has gotten a little better each time. That's why it's a shame there apparently won't be another.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The ensuing jokes aren't new. The men-turned-women only want to know if this planet has a shopping mall. The men still won't ask for directions. nBut Groening has never relied heavily on subtlety, and his strong suits, like timing and tone, keep things moving.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    This show, and the world it reconstructs, gets much better, and more comfortable, as it goes along.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Boardwalk Empire keeps the players moving as its fourth season begins Sunday night, and that’s just one reason it remains must-see television drama.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Stones have been better showcased and explained than they are in Crossfire Hurricane. Still, as personalities and musicians, they never fail to provide a good measure of satisfaction.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Sameer Asad Gardezi and his writing partners have created something very different in Aliens in America--and something very, very funny.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The journey has been fascinating, and unlike in some other cop shows, the police part isn’t toss-away boilerplate. While the cases aren’t as complex as the characters, they’ve got layers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Jenna's buoyancy in a life of constant land mines keeps Awkward fun and refreshing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    As you would expect from a show entering its 19th season, the acting and the pacing are strong and confident. L&O has always been smart enough to stick with what works.