David Hinckley

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For 1,309 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 6 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 How to Get the Guy: Season 1
Score distribution:
1309 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 80 David Hinckley
    There’s plenty of action to go with snappy grownup dialogue, and Peggy is the kind of dame you won’t be able to resist watching.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    There’s still plenty of humor, always bending toward the absurd, and Archer’s time travel has not stripped him of his signature phrases, attitude or fondness for bourbon and wordplay.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Ramsey is just right for the role and Goldberg is equally good. Several other characters have promise. Even with all that second-hand smoke, Hindsight should show us a good time.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    There’s a fair amount of darkness in this story, because the lives it chronicles were not easy. There’s also a fair amount of humor. Mostly there’s admiration for three women who in a very short time accomplished things their world saw no reason to think they could.
    • 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
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Ray Donovan has picked up a couple of new guest stars and in the process picked up its game.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Hinckley
    Gleeson does a first-rate job with a character we’ve seen before, the tormented cop who plunges into a battle where he’s seemingly outflanked and outgunned. Treadaway is suitably troubling as a kid who represses such waves of rage and frustration that we don’t doubt it could explode somewhere. That the causes of his rage play as clichés doesn’t make him less menacing, though it makes the larger story less than subtle. Call it a solid campfire yarn.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    This "Free Ride," I suspect, will be over very soon.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This eight-episode series eventually moves to multiple dramas, from some of those gunshot victims to a nurse who loses her job. And thus it remains a “med” show, which is heartening news.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    At some point, the gang on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will no longer be able to top itself, no longer do or say things that are even more wrong than the last thing they said or did. It hasn't happened yet.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The jokes just works best in moderation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The result will be more fascinating to those already invested in this sort of conservation issue than to the casual viewer, who may find the journey tough going and the nuances of the whole whaling question a little dense.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    A playful pastiche of clashing styles.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Beyond the joke, the show’s premise is encouraging: that being gay is no big deal.... The engine driving this show is female friendship, the kind strong enough to get you through even high school. For Amy and Karma, we want that.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This new documentary on the British artist Banksy doesn’t pretend to tell us whether he’s a great conceptual artist or a great scam artist.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    There's lots of humor in "Big Love" this season, but it is all based in the characters and a new spin on familiar situations.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The dramas, rivalries, kindnesses and treacheries begin almost at once, and as in all the best PBS series, they are well-drawn.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Charlotte Rampling makes Dr. Evelyn Vogel troubling and vaguely creepy, which probably isn’t what Dexter needs. She also opens up a dialogue on whether a psychopath like Dexter might be part of nature’s deliberate design, the human version of alpha predators. So we’ve got the philosophical and we’ve got the visceral as we count down to the last hours.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the funniest and most satisfying new broadcast sitcom of the season.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    We're going to need a few episodes, though, to see whether the awkwardness will disappear, or if the show wants it to.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    The team behind this series--creator Tom Kapinos from "Dawson's Creek," executive producer Scott Winant from "My So-Called Life" and "thirtysomething," and Duchovny himself--makes it easier for Duchovny by surrounding him with sparkling female characters and talent.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Parker's celebrity may help sell a TV show, but it's much more interesting to find a Civil War soldier in your own family tree than a long-ago public figure in hers....Genealogy is way better when it's participatory, not a spectator sport.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Miracle Day mystery itself feels, at least at first, hopelessly tangled. Viewers may be willing to give it some time, though, because the action provides an entertaining ride.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While viewers may be curious to know whether they do, the journey itself may not be as interesting to us as it is to #1096’s progeny.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Things are a little perkier for the characters at the start of this season than when we last left them.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    George's action scenes are solid. There just aren't enough of them, and Hunted isn't comprehensible enough for the cerebral part to carry as much of the show as it has to.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    If ABC's new cop drama, Castle, can slightly tweak its title character, it could turn into a very nice little show. In Monday night's premiere episode, it's just not quite there.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    If you enjoy the challenge of doing complex jigsaw puzzles in low light, Penny Dreadful will be your cup of tea. Just make sure it really is tea in the cup.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It all adds up to plenty of action and suspense, with heroes we like and villains we can boo and hiss. And the fate of the planet at stake. Who says there ain't no cure for the summertime TV blues?
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Lipstick Jungle apparently still isn't sure we get the point about bonding, because it goes out of its way to make it clear that even sympathetic male characters don't.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Its humor, which dominates, isn't funny enough, and its occasional stabs at dramatic scenes aren't serious enough.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The best new cop drama of a TV season that has more police than a presidential motorcade. Blue Bloods doesn't have the best time slot on TV, but it's got some of the strongest characters and performances.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Jimmy Fallon took NBC's late-night slot for his first test drive early this morning, and it needs a little tuning up. It also showed some promise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Top Model runs smoothly enough so it doesn't need two hours, which means we spend too much time watching the contestants look at pictures of Tyra Banks on the wall of the house where they're staying.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The reason to watch 24: Live Another Day isn’t for ideology. It’s to get caught up in a fast-paced, high-powered adventure played out by people we care about.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This group doesn't need a villain or a backstabber, at least in the early stage. The job is enough of an equalizer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    it's still feeling like a pasted-together assortment of ideas and plot lines from productions past.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Joining the likes of Poirot, Miss Marple, Foyle, Sherlock and a hundred other PBS sleuths is no minor achievement, and Grantchester seems to belong in that company. It is unlikely, however, to break away from the pack.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This moves the show closer to the "Dallas" model...It makes our lives simpler, though it does pressure the writers to come up with ever-more appalling behavior.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    Evoking the era is one thing "Reunion" does very well. Involving you in the plot and characters, as well as the gimmick, isn't.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Matters are only getting more complicated and dangerous for Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) and her sister clones as season three of Orphan Black gets under way. The consolation is that this is good for viewers, who get to enjoy watching the show skillfully weave ever more complex entanglements.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Their dance of love and rejection, of giddiness and bitterness, is a warped waltz, and Kingsley and Bening clearly relish every step.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Middle feels like a sitcom version of standup comedy. "Three guys and two girls walk into Indiana..."It's not offensive. Just superfluous.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The plot strains credulity so much that even that action-happy audience might reject the show.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Even if you’ve never wondered how a movie comes about, The Chair makes the process feel almost cinematic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    If these all sound like the same kinds of dramas that would go on in any American community anywhere, they are. That's the point.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    We see his standup act and we laugh. We watch this whole package and the laughs are sporadic. Someday he may find the scripted sitcom that captures his humor. Not this time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    [Holder and Linden are] fascinating to watch as they work around Holder’s lazy partner and strong new characters who include a brilliant psychopath about to be executed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s all very evocative, creating a perfect mood for the complete “Basement Tapes” sessions that, surprise surprise, have just been released.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The adventure is good, the characters are better than good, and the playful, often insulting repartee is someting you might hear from college buddies on holiday in Cabo. These Musketeers are worth a bite.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It all adds up to a promising, surprisingly lively and fast-paced drama that humanizes those early computer geeks.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The only thing that could be disappointing about it is if TV Land doesn't immediately commit to make more.

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