David Hinckley

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For 1,273 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 5.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 My Name Is Earl: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Workaholics: Season 1
Score distribution:
1273 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Bates Motel remains such a well-acted show that it discourages casual viewing more and more with each episode.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It feels somehow as if there's a backstory here we don't fully know about. Still, their adventures are instructive and the dangers seem genuine.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Viewers glimpse the fuller scope of the problem, in most cases, at the same time Alan does, giving Helix a nice sense of ominous building tension. It’s also not too geeky a story, so someone who just likes suspense drama can follow it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The journey of mankind on the History channel, while ambitious and informative, at times comes off a little too much like a history lesson.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While it follows the current cable pattern of taking dramas a little further than traditional broadcast shows, The Beast essentially serves up familiar cop fare.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Wizard Wars never comes across as a straight magic show, but more about how to assemble the pieces that add up to a magic show.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Event is such a blur of shadowy operatives, dubious motives, cryptic dialogue and mystifying time shifts that by the end, many viewers may be not so much curious as simply confused.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    In the end, while its outrageous characters are often amusing, their palate of jokes runs thin.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The first episode leads us into a series of Hitler jokes, which proves once again that even 70 years after the Allies liberated the concentration camps, Hitler jokes are really really hard to make funny.... On the upside, Man Seeking Woman still has promise. It needs to head in that direction.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The show does a good job in tonight's premiere of sorting out the good guys and filling viewers in on the disturbing backstory. In fact, it may do too good a job because there doesn't seem to be a lot of mysteries left.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Brooklyn DA feels like a hybrid, both in genre and content.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The story and the chemistry work, but periodically the action feels rushed, as if we all know the drill and we might as well get it over with. Future episodes may correct that, because they'll need less setup work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    In the end, Citizen U.S.A. is heartening because it neither doubts nor ennobles those who have come here and decided to stay. Rather, it suggests that like every other citizen, each now has the freedom to succeed or fail.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The warning bell is that since the team begins as caricatures, the show could become a string of situation jokes. There's room for growth, though, as they say, and the creators wisely mixed up the cast.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Recount effectively dramatizes that struggle, mixing a true-to-life script with real news footage.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Some scenes are brilliantly and subtly turned, some make you roll your eyes. Some are straight from the Soap Opera 101 playbook.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The show is asking viewers, then, to invest some time and not expect a clean resolution of some black-and-white drama each week. That's a gamble and a risk. Revenge seems confident it can be taken and won.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It could be problematic that we know almost no one here will live happily ever after. But while it could head down several wrong highways, it could also give us a nice creepy ride.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    By the standards of Lifetime ripped-from-the-headlines movies, almost all of which aim to reduce viewers to a gasp of horror at some despicable villain, Romeo Killer plays like a documentary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There isn’t a lot of drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    HBO bills Hung as a comedy, but it uses comedy the way it uses sex--to set up darker, more interesting and complex points. It's amazing how many of those are out there.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    To draw out the story by looping it through subplots and minidramas runs the risk of turning it into a fairy-tale soap opera--when what we really want to know is whether the tragic Snow White or the lonely Emma can in the end live happily ever after.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Suspense-building requires walking a line, though. If you spend too long getting to the point, the bubble you’ve inflated starts to lose air. That’s close to happening a couple of times, which is too bad, because when we get to the reveals, we’d like to still really care.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It works as legitimate drama, it works as soap trash.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Faris does her best with a role that still feels unfinished, and too much of the rest of the cast consists of caricatures.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    On the correct assumption that almost no one watching TV today remembers the original "Defenders" series, CBS has created a new one with more swash, more buckle and results that are modestly entertaining.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    All these characters seem modestly interesting, but none, at least on first acquaintance, feel compelling. Nor are we drawn into their quest.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Ballers won’t win the Super Bowl, but it’ll keep you watching.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    While the execution isn't perfect and the first episode feels a little cluttered, it has at least two ideas that create interesting drama and could even stimulate a little thought.

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