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 Mad Men: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Workaholics: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,220 tv reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The drama has more false frights than a student horror film, and such an uneven and incompatible tone that it's tough to tell which is funnier, the scenes of alleged humor or the scenes of alleged drama.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's a show where neither the world being created nor the characters populating it are remotely convincing - or interesting.
    • 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
    What the show doesn't say, but wouldn't mind our noticing, is that even today we should be very careful about giving up some part of our freedom because someone tells us it will "solve" some other problem.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    All the actors nail their parts, but Tyson runs the show.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s beautifully filmed, with a measured pace and a priority on the performances.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's like three, maybe four sitcoms all squeezed into one, and quite an enjoyable one.
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    It does a good job of selling an event that by all historical measures should sell itself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Pushing Daisies is perfect.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    We watch a relationship develop between Johnson and Masters, played particularly well by Caplan. Yet much of Masters still feels clinical, as if it isn’t sure how to remain faithful to the real-life story and still give the TV drama the sex appeal viewers expect.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    If you liked the movie, approach the TV show without fear.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A viewer who knew nothing of the earlier incarnations could come to this one and find it immediately engaging, like a good modern police buddy-team drama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The truth is that at this point, the complex subplots and nuances of all the backstories make it more satisfying for longtime fans than for recent drop-ins.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Fox and K-Ville creator Jonathan Lisco get credit for setting their new police drama in post-Katrina New Orleans--but future episodes will have to settle down and get serious if the show is to do justice to its setting and potential.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    He has always been wrapped a little tight but now he's about to explode, and Chiklis plays it beautifully, making it sound as if he must measure every phrase so that just opening his mouth doesn't release all the frustration in a nuclear blast.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Nashville plays as a smartly written and well-appointed soap.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Painful as that journey may be, the show and these actors hit all the notes that make us want to come along.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Season one set the bar high. Season two clears it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This reincarnation of The Normal Heart raises all the right disturbing questions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The Affair looks to be a bit more cerebral than some of Showtime’s other star shows. That makes it no less compelling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Weiner’s ability to capture “human” set Mad Men apart at the first beginning and shows no sign of faltering at the second.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's still not a show for everyone, since 99% of the action is conversation. But it's intelligent conversation, and the problems of the patients, including Weston, are multilayered and compelling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Sondheim comes off as distant and a bit cool here, reluctant to make eye contact and often speaking with a professorial air even when he’s talking about himself. But what most people want in Sondheim isn’t a drinking buddy. It’s a musical composer, and in that he qualifies on all counts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The Killing marks another bull's-eye for AMC in presenting complex, literate, well-crafted television.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Bryan Cranston's Walter remains one of the best-played characters on television, and he's surrounded by a strong cast that, knowingly or unknowingly, plays off his desperation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Short scenes [are] designed to suggest we just walked in on random real people. It's a raw look that is, nonetheless, a look. It also, inevitably, says scripted TV drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s not always comfortable or reassuring. It’s just a strong story told by a strong cast.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A relationship with Julie, which has been percolating for some time, might be just a good cover for Dexter. But it feels more complicated than that, which at the very least reflects good writing and acting.

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