For 1,045 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Californication: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 I've Got A Secret: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,045 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    It might be 16 of the best upcoming hours on television.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    It just might be the kids, the ones who grow up too soon in the hard world of "The Wire," who steal opening night.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    With the bar set at Emmy, Homeland has little room to falter. With this return episode, it doesn't.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Like "The Sopranos," Breaking Bad finds nuance and drama within this compromised world, and in the process suggests intriguing and sometimes unsettling parallels to the world in which the rest of us live.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    There's enough classic "Sopranos" action -- some of it involving extreme physical violence -- to remind the average person that where the Sopranos are is not where most of us want to go. Yet at the same time, these episodes repeatedly return to the ways in which the Soprano clan, in its desperate, sometimes twisted and sometimes touching way, seeks to embrace family values.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    It boldly goes where no man has gone before.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a show about someone trying to figure out life, one little thing at a time, and realizing that sometimes, hey, you can't.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Fabulous in every respect.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    The real skill and appeal of Mad Men remains in its characters.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Watching it, to be blunt, is more work. It’s work well rewarded.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Despite living on pay-cable, Homeland also doesn't feel obliged to create explicit moments just because it can. But it's also possible it's just keeping something in reserve--a lot like its compelling characters.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    For all the familiar elements here, however, nothing feels like a gimmick. It’s a crime-and-cop story with enough time to paint detailed pictures of all the people the murder affects.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    The next great "Masterpiece Theater" series has arrived.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This year, once again, Benedict Cumberbatch's modern-day Holmes and his intrepid sidekick Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) provide breathtaking non-stop exhilaration.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This HBO special, it must be noted up front, is not for all ages. Like the other best comedians, though, Louis never seems to tack on the graphic subject matter and language simply for shock. His nongraphic bits are also just as funny, like his riff on divorce and parenting.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's not that we haven't seen the polar regions before. But this special, narrated by Alec Baldwin, puts it all together in a way that makes it feel consistently more intriguing than the nature films you remember from school.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The trump card of Hollow Crown, of course, is that it was written by Shakespeare--and if the language sounds stilted to modern ears, anyone who listens for more than a few minutes will be properly seduced.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    No one in Westeros is going soft, and there is no shortage of intrigue and sly drama that doubtless foreshadows death, destruction and plentiful violence to come.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Hilarious.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    The language, the acting, the themes - everything in "Deadwood" is good as gold. In TV entertainment terms, maybe even better.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Whether you've followed the show to this point or not, you can tune in and savor smart TV drama at its best.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The shadows are deep enough over "Breaking Bad" that it's hard to imagine a ray of hope or light shining through anywhere. But the actors and writers are so good that, like Walt, we'll keep looking for it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Four hours in, living up to past standards no longer is in question. Setting new ones is what's going on here, as "24," partly by cashing in on our knowledge of and commitment to previous seasons and characters, gets off to its best start ever.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 David Hinckley
    A lot less salacious, and a lot more cerebral, than it sounds.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Tuesday night by plunging its characters deeper into a web of crisscrossing dramas that suggest the law and politics ultimately come down to soap operas. Whether it's true or not, The Good Wife makes the theory entertaining to explore.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    In theory, it's an intriguing concept for a series. But in practice, "Six Degrees" doesn't work at all in drawing you in at the start.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    The episodes that kick off this last 10-show run don't feel perfect. But they almost always feel intuitively right.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Watching HBO's new Boardwalk Empire is like sitting in your favorite tavern and hearing someone say, "Drinks are on the house." Friends, it doesn't get much better.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    It's one of the best new shows from any network this year, and is a total, almost giddy delight from start to finish.