David Hinckley

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For 1,299 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 5.8 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:
1299 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Alzheimer's Project is hard to watch. It's just not as hard as the disease it examines.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    She seems distant and a little wary, like someone who has carefully built a comfortable life and sees no reason to invite a lot of strangers in. Her relationship with us is what she sees and shares. In the end, that seems fair enough.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The film isn’t after “why.” It just wants to say that a lot of physical and circumstantial evidence points to a missile. Toward that goal, it’s on target.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    So does it remain a lavish soap opera? Of course. And so what? Watching remains pure pleasure.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Power hits on all cylinders as it returns for its second season.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    As the plot simmers and thickens, Restless keeps its focus on the core story, avoiding the temptation to become a war epic. This serves viewers well. Call it December's best-bet sleeper.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Viewers may find it takes some concentration to sort out the lineup and the dramas here. The payoff is worth the investment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    "The Knights of Prosperity" has delivered this season where so many new shows have failed: It introduces a serialized story line with characters and a plot that are different and likable enough to warrant a return visit.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The result is a picture that feels true. It's very likely incomplete because few people tell everything to a camera, but the insecurities and the growing confidence are conveyed with language and an attitude that seem fairly natural.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Lots of location shots give Strike Back an unusually acute sense of realism, and the show wisely spends more time with the boys in the field than with the command unit back home.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's popcorn TV well worth settling in to watch.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    Over four nights, the episodes do gradually blossom into the kind of internal dramas that power Mark Burnett-style reality shows. Just be prepared for long early stretches with minimal action and not entirely riveting characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Every hour is impressive, surprising and entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Gossip Girl will get some slack on repeating itself, because teenagers have an incredibly high tolerance for remixing, reworking and rehashing the drama in their own lives. But the show still has to feel fresh, which is why Monday's episode adds at least two new characters who promise to have significant impact on people we already know.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    They’re wry and smart about each other and sometimes themselves. Everything also comes out funnier because it’s refreshingly underplayed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    As You Like It is effortlessly entertaining from start to finish.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Hinckley
    While a tale of restless discontent in a rich California coastal town offers an intriguing ride, it’s also a deliberate one. Think of it as a Sunday drive, at a leisurely pace that enables the passengers to absorb every detail of the scenery.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's now even easier to get so caught up in the dramas that you can forget this show is really funny.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    There's enough classic "Sopranos" action -- some of it involving extreme physical violence -- to remind the average person that where the Sopranos are is not where most of us want to go. Yet at the same time, these episodes repeatedly return to the ways in which the Soprano clan, in its desperate, sometimes twisted and sometimes touching way, seeks to embrace family values.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Shailene Woodley is terrific as the teen in question. Unfortunately, other parts of the show feel so contrived they border on soap opera parody.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The jokes that drive the plot revolve more around things like feeding drugs to assistant principal Stuart Proszakian, whose last job was being a prison clown with the Department of Corrections.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    Deep it's not, but funny it often is.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Some of it is moderately profane. Some pushes traditional boundaries of taste, though in today's comedy world these guys aren't even close to the edge.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Those "Huh?" moments, combined with the general creepiness of religious cults, makes Big Love uncomfortable at times. But for continuous action and a multitude of subplots with a minimum of bad language, it won't disappoint.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Viewers who don't regularly contemplate alternative-reality issues probably should tape the show as well as watch it, because the non-expert may have to watch it twice just to figure out what's going on, or even to understand what parts we don't understand.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Fortunately, someone finally grabs hold of the wheel and steers it back to where it belongs, as one of the great character dramas of contemporary television.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    That plot crystallizes through a pair of two-hour episodes, Sunday and Monday nights, and at times it crystallizes slowly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    [Genealogy] may not seem like a particularly robust thread for an eight-part series, but O’Dowd, Guest and a wonderful cast of deadpan actors and improv experts spin it into a tapestry of cheery laughter.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    In contrast to Scorsese's other work, like his Bob Dylan documentary and "The Last Waltz," George Harrison feels like it doesn't get far below the surface.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Chuck starts the second season a little more confident, a little funnier. That's the right direction to be moving in.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Liv is funny as well as charming, and the no-frills CW production keeps the focus on the characters and the stories. iZombie is dead-on.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The pilot, which obviously had a big budget, looks almost as sleek as a movie. Creator Joss Whedon promises the show will work hard to stay on that level. It will live or die, however, on whether we want to keep watching its characters. Right up front, the answer is we do.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    If the dramas are exaggerated, Jenna makes the trauma feel legitimate, and her narration gives everything a knowing undertone of humor and self-awareness that keeps the most uncomfortable moments from being painful.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Underneath it, we also see kids. Yes, rich kids, but also insecure kids coping with the universal dramas of teenagers. That may be the most engaging part of NYC Prep.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The Blacklist won’t be the most cerebral show on television. It’s a fast-paced mystery that’s just plain entertaining.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Bochco delivers instead a solid lawyer show that fits comfortably into the mold formed by dozens of lawyer shows before it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    If the season turns out to be primarily a complex Middle East thriller, that could still be entertaining. Homeland has just set us up to want more.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    The show itself, however, does much of its best work in the shadows, where nothing is that clear.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    [A] delightful animated hour.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This new documentary on Vogue magazine makes the road to trendy clothing images sound more like a midnight slog through a gator-infested swamp.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    When you get a headache just trying to follow a show's setup, that's not a good sign. When a show's twists and turns make it hard to concentrate on what seems to be a terrific performance from the splendid Andre Braugher, that's even worse.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Fishburne, however, has done some terrific acting, and Langston is a character who's strong enough (though a nontraditional one for police shows) to firmly take Grissom's place at the table. Just in a different seat.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    At blending comedy and drama and presenting freshly drawn characters, though, Hotel Babylon has a lot to learn from the likes of "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy." As a hotel, and as a TV series, put it at less than three stars.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    While the crime itself is only moderately intriguing, its real function is to let viewers see what each of these women does, how they work together and how they talk to each other.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Like the Navy, Carrier is perfect for some and probably isn't for everyone.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The only problem here is that once in a while the producers and cast get so enthusiastic about their production numbers, their words become almost unintelligible.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    None of this is really new. It's still presented here in a way that provides a visceral appreciation for what's involved in extracting fuel from mountains.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Fans will find much to enjoy here. At too many points, however, these first three episodes suggest that rekindling Upstairs Downstairs is not quite like riding a bicycle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    She doesn’t explode off the screen. She does make you laugh.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    With impressive clips and first-rate commentators like Hamill, Jonathan Schwartz, Terry Teachout and John Lahr, Gibney has explained why, like him or not, Sinatra mattered so much.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Chuck sounds like a regrettably derivative idea - a remake of "Jake 2.0." But it's not. Chuck is a blast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    True Blood also sometimes seems to have a cast of thousands, despite being set in a small town, so all sorts of subplots have been simmering. The show evolves, as it has before, by starting the new season with a few more. It's a little wearing sometimes, to be honest, though it has enough narrative strength to keep hard-core fans happy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Without a grounding in vampire lore, many viewers won't get a lot of the nuances, including the humor, in True Blood. So as good as Paquin and company play it, this is another quality pay-cable show that does have a secret handshake.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Happily, viewers have less of a challenge in picking up the somewhat complex story line that continues from the "Terminator" movies. Newcomers won't be any more confused than they are by any time-travel adventure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It makes for lively drama, and, given what was at stake for religion and royalty, its historical significance remains legitimate. It just gets hard to watch sometimes, because even though most drama is fueled by its villains, The Tudors needs a few more characters we could actually like.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Sons is on track to stand among the best TV shows of our current golden age, and we have two more seasons to watch it get there.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's worth the effort to figure out what this offbeat cast of characters is up to.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It does fine when it sticks to the music and the basic story, then stutter-steps a little when it starts to suggest that, say, the Eagles defined a memorable era.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Episodes has funny moments. It just seems primarily designed to amuse the TV industry.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    As the Loud family fractures and then reunites to fight back against their critics, Cinema Verite settles into melodrama that Lane's solid performance can only partly hold together.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It takes a story whose outline we know and uses backstage access to turn it into a well-paced drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    While there are times when it’s no easier to watch, the certainty of the end seems to give the show more focus.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The Synths start to act in unexpected ways, and several ominous developments warn us that artificial intelligence must be controlled and directed. What stays with us about Humans, though, are the reminders of all the little ways things will change once we hand part of our lives over to robots.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Sherlock Holmes may hail from two centuries ago, but Elementary, this latest incarnation of the old chap, produces the the season's best new broadcast drama.
    • 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."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The show raises questions, and fans of the paranormal will find they're kept open in reasonably interesting ways. The problem is that time-travel shows require a level of attention casual TV viewers don't always want to invest.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    Based on Sunday's opener, Breaking Bad falls around the middle of the pack in the new wave of cable dramas. It's no "Mad Men."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s amusing at times, provocative at times, because I Love Dick often explores the practice of contemporary navel-gazing by satirizing it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    It's as quirky, original and funny a comedy as "Universe."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Like the Oscars themselves at their best, it’s a celebration of the movies.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Baldwin and Fey are entertaining without wearing the viewer out, the cast blends together well, and the way the show is structured--often feeling like a series of sketches--has produced some brilliant TV. Thursday night, however, feels like a semi-private joke.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    A complex and well-built drama that leaves the viewer wondering if there's enough humanity here to make the hard-boiled stories worth following.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Flash forms a decent complement to “Arrow,” from which it has been spun off. If it doesn’t sparkle, it also doesn’t stumble.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The new elements and mostly the performances make it worth staying around to see what other secrets lurk within.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Farmer Wants a Wife feels about as "real" as "The Dukes of Hazzard," suggesting it should be viewed in much the same spirit.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    By shrewd editing and maybe a little luck, the contestants here almost immediately give off the same sense of camaraderie as the "Glee" cast in its warmer, more sentimental moments, like when they're in a competition and realizing that better individual efforts only enhance the whole.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Arrow turns out to be a lively show, probably better than hard-core "Green Arrow" fans expected. That's a good start.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    HBO’S new miniseries Parade’s End won’t stop the “Downton Abbey” DTs. But it can soothe the pain with wonderful visuals and superb performances by Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall and Adelaide Clemens.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 David Hinckley
    Sitcoms have been putting odd groups of people together in small apartments since before television existed. And so what? If we like the people, it doesn't matter, and Billie is someone we could get to like quite a bit.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    What sets Mozart apart from MTV shows, though, is that here we have a handful of twentysomethings and a lot of older folks, not vice versa. It plays this fresh turf well, on both sides.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The rest of the drama, though, suspends disbelief much more successfully. The acting, by both men and women, is quite nuanced and well-observed. After a few episodes, you feel their pain, and hope that it is eased.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    So many parts of the pilot, though, seem dumbed down or sacrificing character for punch lines, you wonder why things weren't retooled in time for launch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    So they mirror the plight of way too many Americans today, and while that isn't good news for the unemployed, it does give this Apprentice a bit more edge.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The result is intelligent if occasionally dense tales that focus on the hardest part of a detective's job, which is trying to outthink someone whose thinking is already, by definition, off-center.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Individually, they [characters] remain fun, even in a preachy scene where Glee members forget the Golden Rule. But all the vignettes and moments need a show around which to revolve. Glee needs the New Rachel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    CBS' newest cop show has ambition and potential. It just needs a few sparks to ignite.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Powerful.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s period drama, unfolding at a period pace. It’s Starz, so it’s got some skin. Whether you get hooked probably depends on how you like Claire. It’s hard not to.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Dunham shows us why Hilary Knight doesn’t feel quite content, despite what he has done. Drawing Eloise clearly didn’t mean embracing her view of the world.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    "Masters of Horror," like any anthology, can be judged only after many installments, but it's off to a tantalizingly creepy start.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    So where "Dallas" was happy if we were appalled at almost every character, Lone Star depends on us coming to like most of them, including Bob. The problem is that he's not a guy who got drunk one night and wrecked someone's car on a joyride. He has spent his life stealing from people who thought he was their friend.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The show's long break seems to have rejuvenated its story lines, in which intense, rapid-fire action plays out against the backdrop of a complex, methodical geopolitical chess game.

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