David Hinckley

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For 1,308 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 Californication: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 How to Get the Guy: Season 1
Score distribution:
1308 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The Good Wife has endured, despite borderline ratings, because it handles the fundamentals so well. It needs to keep doing that.
    • 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
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Somehow, it’s hard to appreciate the insights because the whole thing just feels so gosh-darned depressing.
    • 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
    • 100 David Hinckley
    If Sunday night's two-hour return episode of Mad Men ended after the first four minutes, it would still put the show in contention to win its fifth straight Emmy as the best drama on television.
    • 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
    It's one of the best new shows from any network this year, and is a total, almost giddy delight from start to finish.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    FNL didn't get to be the best new show on prime time last season by losing its balance, and tonight's opener has the large cast still making almost all the right moves. [5 Oct 2007, p.147]
    • New York Daily News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Credibility starts to fray when our heroes, or anti-heroes, keep needing miraculous last-second evasions and escapes.
    • 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
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The Roosevelts doesn’t whitewash its subjects or make excuses for their missteps. It does admire them greatly, for their courage and vision.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Though it’s not the series’ strongest script, the two fine actors can still extract every nuance from it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It remains one of the best.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Okay, it gets silly. But silly can be funny, too, and Archer is, as noted, consistently funny.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    As with the Gervais-Merchant "The Office," the more time you spend with the characters in "Extras," the more you feel their pain as well as laugh at their expense.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Treme, created by "Wire" mastermind David Simon, may not ultimately get to the level of those others, because it's going to take a while to sort out the characters and lay down the themes. It also looks to have a deliberate pace, and it doesn't seem to be setting up for a lot of blood-and-guts action, so it may end up attracting a more cerebral crowd.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    While many shows that have reached this point in the road have left their creative peak behind, Mad Men shows no such erosion. It still has things it wants to say and it still has the poetry to say them well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    ABC's dense, unblinking and occasionally surreal tale of plane-crash survivors on a strange tropical island moves into its fourth season Thursday with its compass still in good working order.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    It's not comfortable. Just compelling.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Top of the Lake doesn’t fully get rolling for a while. Happily, Moss doesn’t let us become disinterested.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a brand new ballgame. It looks to be a winner.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It's so intensely focused on these specific girls and their "Sex and the City" dream, though, that at times it may not resonate as much with a larger audience.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The question, still open, is whether the writers can pack enough comic caffeine into the next 21 weeks to keep viewers along for the ride.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Easy Money has some promise. But it won't be an easy sell.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Happily, Harrelson and McConaughey play the characters well enough, and the script is crafted ingeniously enough, that we want to know where it all goes next--and don't focus on the likelihood it will be no place good.

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