David Hinckley

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For 1,306 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 Homeland: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Workaholics: Season 1
Score distribution:
1306 tv reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    This Ironside starts out as a good cop show that Underwood could turn into a very good one.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Slap just misses being as sharp in the execution as it is in the concept.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Royals doesn’t pretend to be much more than good fun, and it delivers that.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Mr. Selfridge unfurls a number of subplots, tied to business, politics, class gaps, romance and so on. Some are more engaging than others.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Maybe this will all work out. We’d like it to. Right now, the show could use a little couples therapy.
    • 82 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Sister Wives isn't likely to spark mass polygamy in America, but it's the rare reality show that reveals things viewers didn't expect. It even has jokes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Like all mothers on TV dramas, Angela starts out annoying. That means we can probably count on her to say something wise at just the moment we least expect it. In the end, though, this is Thorne's show, and she carries the lead well. Now the writers and Dr. Donna have to find enough interesting places she can go.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Watching them through this process turns out to be surprisingly interesting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    American Hoggers turns out to be a remarkably straightforward show, almost closer to a documentary.
    • 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
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's still a reasonably funny show, thanks to first-rate performances from Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin, a woman who deals drugs, and Elizabeth Perkins as Celia Hodes, a woman who uses them. [But] It's getting harder to maintain a sharp seriocomic edge when Botwin keeps slipping further into a world where there just aren't a lot of inherent laughs.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    At the end of the day, though, what we've got is essentially more CSI--with a first-rate lead.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Gatekeepers reveals a few anecdotal secrets here and there, most of them charming and none that will damage any ex-bosses’ reputations.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    CBS' newest cop show has ambition and potential. It just needs a few sparks to ignite.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    it's business as usual for a cool, fast-paced and thoroughly pleasant hour of summer television.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There's soap here, and the liberated-woman part sometimes feels like a reach. But the show is fun, it makes flying look like fun, and yes, that line of stewardesses does look good enough to stop an airport.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    There's an extent to which watching ad development becomes like watching someone write a song or a book. Unless you're in the game yourself, the result is the only part you really care about.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    With a relatively modest first order and a late May launch, The Night Shift may be seen by NBC as, realistically, a summer series. By that standard, it does its job and more.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    After a rather long walk down some shadowy alleys, Public Morals becomes a much more intense and traditional crime drama.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    OK, if you don’t find awkward funny, you won’t get Veep. But terrific as Louis-Dreyfus is at playing a woman seemingly incapable of embarrassment, her large supporting cast also helps establish the show’s bizarre rhythm.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    As drama, that new direction is interesting and may be darkly honest. It’s just unsettling, which will take some adjustment for viewers of a network that has rarely gone there.

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