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 Pushing Daisies: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Cougar: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,220 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    While much of the show is driven by the Huangs adapting to a new culture, Fresh Off the Boat finds the amusing parts of that experience without falling back on easy stereotypical jokes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Whether the people here are fifth-generation circus or they ran away to join it, their lives make for a good tale.
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    • 80 David Hinckley
    For the moment, though, Jenna’s awkwardness remains our pleasure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This eight-episode series eventually moves to multiple dramas, from some of those gunshot victims to a nurse who loses her job. And thus it remains a “med” show, which is heartening news.
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    • 80 David Hinckley
    State of Play makes a strong case that sometimes it’s mom or dad who needs a timeout.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The story itself relies on a series of coincidences that may be improbable, but the character responses feel authentic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    All the actors nail their parts, but Tyson runs the show.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s a breath of fresh television air.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The reason to watch anyway is that it can also be rewarding on levels you rarely find in television drama.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Despite the overload of information we’ve acquired about Nixon in the years since, the tapes still have the power to jar.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It puts a fresh lens on events that shaped America, and in the process it spins a good yarn.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Tuesday night’s premiere packs a lot of trash into 42 minutes, between the quips about “jewelry whores” and an almost pathological concern with whose “bubbies” are and aren’t authentic. It plants the first seeds of drama, too.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The reality show has become a nightmare, which isn’t a terrible premise. But setting it in the woods and turning the contestants into prey for some malevolent force harks back more to “Friday the 13th” than to “Survivor.” This wouldn’t be as noticeable if Siberia leavened the whole thing with dark humor.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Everyone in "How to Make It" isn't a winner. But the show looks to be just that.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    One of the triumphs of Boss is that we care as much as he [Tom Kane] does about what kind of Chicago he will leave behind.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Lots of location shots give Strike Back an unusually acute sense of realism, and the show wisely spends more time with the boys in the field than with the command unit back home.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s hard to explain why it all works, except it does.
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Despite soapy moments, it offers a more honest portrayal of contemporary high school life than a "90210."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Based on the first episode, the team seems to work about two cases at a time, and while neither of tonight's feels wildly creative--one warns of the downside to an intense religious upbringing, the other catches an elected official in an ethics scandal--both are engagingly told, with humor and little twists.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a brilliant sitcom premise in this sense: The characters will all have backstories. The only tiny caution is that many of those stories won't necessarily be funny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    [Executive producer Shawn] Ryan's a good juggler, especially when he can work at a cable pace. He likes to take a moment and roll it around in his hands. He's helped by first-rate chemistry between the show's two main dudes, and a uniformly strong supporting cast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's worth the effort to figure out what this offbeat cast of characters is up to.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Things get tense fast in CBS’ new Hostages, and if it can maintain that tension for 13 weeks, the network has a winner.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Once you sort out all the teams and players, Game of Thrones falls together like a good Western. But you may need all 167 hours, at least at first, to do the sorting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This cop series immediately delivers intense, richly interwoven drama that sets it apart both from other recent new shows and from well-established standard police "procedurals."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    As the plot simmers and thickens, Restless keeps its focus on the core story, avoiding the temptation to become a war epic. This serves viewers well. Call it December's best-bet sleeper.

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