David Hinckley
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For 1,257 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 4.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 I've Got A Secret: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,257 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s hard to explain why it all works, except it does.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Curb remains an acquired taste. Still, even if you never watched a minute of the previous seven seasons, you can tune in and get some laughs. Guilty and otherwise.
    • New York Daily News
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Despite soapy moments, it offers a more honest portrayal of contemporary high school life than a "90210."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Based on the first episode, the team seems to work about two cases at a time, and while neither of tonight's feels wildly creative--one warns of the downside to an intense religious upbringing, the other catches an elected official in an ethics scandal--both are engagingly told, with humor and little twists.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a brilliant sitcom premise in this sense: The characters will all have backstories. The only tiny caution is that many of those stories won't necessarily be funny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    [Executive producer Shawn] Ryan's a good juggler, especially when he can work at a cable pace. He likes to take a moment and roll it around in his hands. He's helped by first-rate chemistry between the show's two main dudes, and a uniformly strong supporting cast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's worth the effort to figure out what this offbeat cast of characters is up to.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Things get tense fast in CBS’ new Hostages, and if it can maintain that tension for 13 weeks, the network has a winner.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Once you sort out all the teams and players, Game of Thrones falls together like a good Western. But you may need all 167 hours, at least at first, to do the sorting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This cop series immediately delivers intense, richly interwoven drama that sets it apart both from other recent new shows and from well-established standard police "procedurals."
    • 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.
    • 81 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.”
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    South Riding creates memorable characters, particularly Burton and Carne, and it's beautifully filmed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The droll office comedy Better Off Ted could have quickly turned into a one-joke bore. Instead, it sails into its second season tonight as one of the best sitcoms on television.
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    • 80 David Hinckley
    While this focus [ on Kate and the shadowy lethal forces] at times approaches a "perils of Pauline" level of melodrama, with a showdown that pushes the credibility envelope, it's fun to watch.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    So we’ve got our choice of apocalypses--and for fans of good, solid, action-packed summer TV escapism, that’s good.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It remains a show to which the viewer must pay close attention.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Watching this show feels like walking around Manhattan, and you don't have to be a dog person to think that's fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A half-dozen plots routinely swirl around Copper, banging into each other. Levinson and the cast never let them unravel.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    To say we actually like any of these characters would be stretching it. But we're drawn into their lives, and as it starts its second season, Sons of Anarchy can't be left out of any conversation about the golden age of cable drama.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The show still occasionally talks about this stuff more than real-life guys probably would. But mostly it lets the action speak for itself. Men of a Certain Age is aging well.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Goldberg’s documentary doesn’t dwell on the what-ifs. It focuses on what a remarkable woman did accomplish, just by making us laugh.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Olyphant's even a little better this season than last, as he settles further into the Givens skin. He captures the marshal's essential confidence while never giving away one syllable more than he wants to reveal about the hand he's holding. Further enhancing the fun, there's a new crook in town.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It plays at its own pace, a little more deliberate than other TV dramas, and its strongest moments are often understated.
    • 78 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    With Minnie Driver and Morena Baccarin as two of Jacob’s wives, and Debra Winger as Dinah’s blunt-speaking grandmother, the story is engaging both as untold Biblical fable and modern-day television.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Sunday’s opening of season five proves again that Falco makes this show, primarily by connecting all the passageways between comedy and tragedy.

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