David Hinckley
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For 1,153 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 Boardwalk Empire: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Workaholics: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,153 tv reviews
    • 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
    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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Episodes has funny moments. It just seems primarily designed to amuse the TV industry.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Pushing Daisies is perfect.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A lot of viewers may say, "I can't watch this." It will reward those who do.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Much remains solid at the heart of rich Downton drama, and Fellowes has certainly shown in the past that he can bring it all back home.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's too easy, too much like a series of safe sketches that play to all the stereotypes everyone in politics claims describe the other side.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    In the end, yes, of course, everyone loves each other. But by the time we get there, the only Swedish word that’s likely to remain lodged in our mind is “meatballs.”
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The formulaic story also limits what the actors can do, though Sokoloff slides nicely into the plucky reluctant heroine role.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s all done in a tone of subtly absurdist humor, which is fine but wearing. While explanations of international marketability and aftermarket products may fascinate Hollywood, they soon become white noise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    High School Musical 2 is an inevitable, unstoppable juggernaut--so be grateful it's as good as it is.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The core characters, including Sookie's best friend Tara (Rutina Wesley), Sookie's brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and bartender Sam (Sam Trammell), who has a thing for Sookie, all have interesting features and are well-played. The rest of the locals don't come off so well, mostly having few brains and a big shortage of couth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This gentle 42-minute look at the life of Georgia Holt is pleasant, sentimental and sweet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Hard Knock Life just isn’t all that interesting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Let's say Unhitched just isn't very funny.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Standard setup? Sure. Standard execution? For the most part.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    "The Nine," starting tomorrow, is the show most people will want to discuss at the office water cooler.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    In Treatment feels neither soapy nor formulaic, because of the intensity with which it's presented.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's still lively, still fun and still has the right touch of snap in the dialogue. But at times it's working a little too hard, and maybe requiring the viewer to work too hard as well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The show has so much visual scope it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    All the Haggis-Moresco touches are here, from the imaginative choices and uses of music to the sly surprises and twisted humor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Arrested Development often feels like an interwoven series of droll sketch comedies, which means viewers can walk in at almost any time and enjoy the gags.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    By those criteria [action drama, airs of vague mystery and psychological setups that upset the characters’ equilibrium], Under the Dome hits its marks. It’s not profound and it may take a while to reach terrifying, but as a campfire story, a fresh batch of characters in a time-tested tale, sure, why not?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The Strain dramatizes the book series of the same name and creates a creepy, ominous mood that does it full justice.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The opening episode of his new A&E reality show almost physically painful to watch. The good news is that if the viewer sticks it out, as Danza did, things will get better as the weeks roll along. They never get perfect. But he will eventually find his footing and win some props.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    "Big Love" sounds like a high-concept, comedic, intentionally sensational enterprise. Parts of "Big Love" are sensational, all right. But only in the best sense of the word.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    "The Boondocks," with all its knowingly controversial observations and language, is a sort of animated equivalent of "All in the Family." It'll make you think, and maybe even wince - but at the same time, it makes you smile.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    A potentially compelling sister series for "Lost."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    So we have solid setups here for tales of love, redemption, friendship and the same championship dreams that made Rocky an American icon.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    To be as much fun as it strives to be, Warehouse 13 can't be just a cop show with a gimmick. It needs to make the gimmick interesting and fun. Season one was promising and season two seems to be staying on track.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This latest production of the Dickens classic, solid but not spectacular, adds a few contemporary touches, including some rather modern-sounding background music and expressions like "go bonkers."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    In general, we like his character, and Reese's. They have a new boss named Kevin Tidwell (Donal Logue), who doesn't start off all good or all bad. Neither does the show. But if it can maintain this level of quality, it's got a shot.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Kurt Sutter's epic tale of an outlaw California motorcycle club launches its fifth season Tuesday with the same visceral intensity that stamped season four.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It just feels redundant. Perhaps little or nothing on the home movies lent itself to a richer portrait. Nixon was so guarded, that’s entirely possible.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    A competition to find a junior editor for Elle magazine, where Slowey is fashion news editor, differs from a two-hour drama in enough ways so the TV show doesn't have quite the same charm. It's fun. Just not as much.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    ABC's new FlashForward requires concentration and endurance. It's well worth the investment of both.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    "Thief" brims with strong, potent performances.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There's still a lot to like about Chuck, starting with the characters themselves....The romantic part is not, however, the only excess creeping in. Flashbacks, fantasies and slo-mo scenes seem increasingly prominent and that's not good, because they're much more effective--and funnier--if they're used sparingly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    At times we're watching largely to see if there will be a clever turn in the writing. It would be better if we were more invested in the character drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency takes some time setting itself up Sunday night, but those who stay with it will be rewarded with the funniest and most charming lady detective series since "Murder, She Wrote."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    We’ve seen so many mob documentaries and dramas that the whole subject sometimes seems cartoonish. Inside the American Mob does not.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Lee directs the film in a way that spotlights Tyson’s humor and a degree of articulation that probably still surprises a lot of people.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Anyone who loves Batman, naturally, will be watching Gotham, and knowing the Batman world makes the show more fun. But it’s also surprisingly accessible to viewers who just like a good action-packed cop drama with a dry sense of humor. Up front, it looks like a bat-winner.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Human Target was a good wise-guy action adventure last season. It's already looking like a better one this season. The main reason: Two girls, Indira Varma and Janet Montgomery, have crashed the testosterone party.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Caprica is well-crafted and good-looking, with solid acting. It's also encouraging that Syfy is willing to commit the resources to do it. Recruiting new voyagers will be the challenge.

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