David Hinckley

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For 1,296 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 5.8 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:
1296 tv reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    You want to like it, because the rough patches stem more from high ambition than from shortcomings.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    As with "Mad Men," we all recognize the workplace dynamic here. And as in "Mad Men," it's satisfying to see it dramatized in such a fresh and knowing way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    This TV version not only has a distinct, appealing look, it also retains the radio show's sound and personality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    It still drives you crazy with flashbacks, flash-forwards, fantasies and all manner of other tricks that do help define the show's ambience, but which often interrupt the story as much as they enhance it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Everything but the problems feels increasingly awkward and forced. Well-played as the characters remain, we care less about them, not more.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's well-paced, it's fun to watch and none of the characters needs to be anywhere near as annoying as, say, Nick Castle.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    The documentary covers, thoroughly and in as balanced a way as possible, the murder of a 15-year-old California middle-school student by a classmate.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s a mildly interesting fantasy, but the story has too many holes to feel really compelling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Watching them through this process turns out to be surprisingly interesting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Nurse Jackie is delivering quite nicely with the personnel on hand. Among other things, it confirms that the best comedy is often rooted in things that are not funny at all, but make people act in funny ways.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Hinckley
    Archer is the rare show that's in love with its own wordplay and good enough that this love becomes endearing rather than annoying.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Boss makes the stories compelling and chilling all over again.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    These actors more than deserve a series of their own. They deserve a good one, and "Standoff" isn't it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    Whichever the case, or whatever combination of the two, watching these 15 aspiring fashion designers compete for their big break is more fun than a new Victoria's Secret catalogue.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Parker turns in a performance bubbling over with vitality and believability, even when the script itself strains credulity or when individual lines of dialogue slip too much into sitcom punch lines and rhythms.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Manhattan dramatizes with a little extra dab of soap, but generally quite engagingly life in the secret World War II compound where the country's most brilliant scientists were tasked with creating a superbomb before the bad guy could.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    "Courting Alex" is courting disaster by the way it plays against Elfman's, and Coleman's, strengths.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    These four hours pack as much intensity and darkness as 22 episodes of many other police shows.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This seven-part National Geographic series on the world's great migrations turns out to be riveting--not just beautifully filmed, which you would expect, but bursting with great stories about how diverse creatures have learned to survive in a world where everyone is fighting for the same food, air, turf and water.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Saul picks up plot speed rapidly at the end of the first hour. The beginning, however, is so deliberate it’s almost hypnotic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Viewers willing to put in the work tonight could be rewarded with a complex, nicely turned drama. Those less interested can wait a week, when the 10 p.m. options will expand to include Jay Leno telling jokes. No scorecard needed there.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    So The Closer is still the same fast-paced cop drama. It's just that now we also have the subtext of finding out what road we take to the close.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Patty returns to the unanswered question that Ellen asked her last season: "Is it worth it?" For viewers, yes, it is.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Too much of Men, despite Romano's skill at observational humor, feels slow and uncomfortably downbeat.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Crucial, sometimes hopeful and sometimes worrisome as the larger issues of modern medicine are, Hopkins excels on the human side.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    While he can be matter-of-fact, bemused and self-deprecating, he never loses a sense of forcefulness, purpose and pride. As Fishburne obviously understands, the story requires no hand-waving or rhetorical embellishment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 David Hinckley
    Lost returns Wednesday exactly the way fans like it: utterly, totally, completely incomprehensible to anyone who doesn't know the secret handshake. If you're a fan, however, or if you're willing to really study the one-hour crash catchup course that ABC is airing before the first two new episodes tonight, you'll be rewarded with richly intertwined and well-acted drama.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    It's the best high school coaching drama since "The White Shadow," and deserves a chance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The new musical-comedy drama Glee dresses like "High School Musical" and has the heart of "Porky's." That's a compliment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a premise that requires as much clever dramatic footwork as you might expect, and creator Joe Weisberg, a former CIA agent, handles the challenge.

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