David Hinckley
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For 1,220 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 24: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 The Cougar: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,220 tv reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Matt Ryan plays title character John Constantine, and he gets an incomplete on his acting grade because he has so little legitimate material with which to work.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    In the end, visiting the lives of self-absorbed rich people is about as interesting as visiting people who have saved all their toenail clippings. And named them.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 0 David Hinckley
    Workaholics is crude, dumb lowbrow comedy, which means it's doing fine right up until the last requirement of the genre, which is that it should be funny. Workaholics is not.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It’s not just that they’re caricatures, or that even the most prominent piece of ’80s music used in the pilot makes you wince. It’s the way every move and sentence feels like the easiest path to predictable gags.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The initial story... is a lot more complicated than it is compelling - and by the time tonight's first hour is up, you aren't hungry for more.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's a waste of Cox's comic talents to have her spend the whole show trapped in lines like, "We had sex three times without you needing a nap or a pill or anything."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    His wavelength is extreme narrowcasting, and most viewers are likely to find Angry Boys just rambling and dull.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The show gets some credit for acting, because the veteran cast members have good comic timing and coax the most out of their lines. Trouble is, that’s like coaxing maximum flavor from a bowl of lawn clippings.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Watching Best Friends Forever is like going to the sitcom thrift shop and poking through the leftovers. It gets old quickly.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The writing is uneven, so is the tone, and all put together, it's just not very engaging.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Princesses proves Jewish women who are mostly from the affluent North Shore of Long Island are at heart not much different from the Italian women who populate Bravo’s most popular series, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's hard to see this show lasting too far beyond the initial taste.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The show feels recycled.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The outrageousness becomes cartoonish and the conciliatory moments so forced and predictable they lose their healing power. That’s what happens with How to Live.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Some scenes play like those stiff “re-creations” in crime reality shows and the camera’s constant quick-cuts promote headaches, not intrigue.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The whole thing feels awkward, including the way Ben provides running commentary on all the action in hindsight, after he's already dead.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 0 David Hinckley
    The original "I've Got a Secret" was such a simple game show, and such a simple pleasure, that the only way to botch a remake would be to either spice it up or dumb it down. The Game Show Network... manages to do both.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    It's all surface and very little substance.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It may be harsh to suggest his "Creek" has run dry, but as a followup exploration of teen anxiety, "Hidden Palms" offers little but scenic and human scenery.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    For every story line that intrigues, and every character that sparks some interest, there are several others that don't.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Every year, there's at least one sitcom that takes an extremely talented cast, and wastes all that talent in an extremely disappointing series.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Lovable con artists can work on TV, as they did in “Leverage.” They don’t work here, because at every turn the premise and plot get clunkier.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "The Loop" is much more failure than success.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    At first these actions, which feel extreme, seem to have little relation to the problems at hand. It soon becomes clear, however, that they do. As he promises, Robbins is attacking deeper problems, not symptoms, and as with any good infomercial, the results look compelling on the screen.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "Head Cases" has good leading men but a crushingly bad premise.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    My Generation solves that problem by creating fake people. There still could be a worthwhile drama, or least an entertaining soap opera, in "life 10 years after high school." But not when your characters are all stereotypes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Heche, a strong comic actress, can’t fully conquer the material here, and while the rest of the cast tries hard, there isn’t much with which to get traction.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    He's polite-looking and very likable - but aside from some quick ad libs during on-location segments, he doesn't get any chance to establish, much less assert, his personality.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The producers don't even pretend to focus on the girls, however. They focus on the parents, a not very endearing bunch whose ongoing mental games with each other and whose drive to push their daughters creates the drama TV cares about.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "Criminal Minds," which generates almost no creative energy of its own, has the aura - or is it odor? - of being patched together from scraps of failed CBS dramas of the past.

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