For 1,045 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 50% 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

  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Mad Men: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 I've Got A Secret: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,045 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    A program that gets stronger as we get to know its characters better, and the quality of the cast helps tremendously.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    After one hour, we not only care about the patients - but care quite a bit about the doctors.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    A potentially compelling sister series for "Lost."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Its supporting players steal the spotlight from the central character.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The format is unusual, and the ending of the premiere nicely surprising - but the element that pushes this show into the potential hit category is Neil Patrick Harris.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    A playful pastiche of clashing styles.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    "Masters of Horror," like any anthology, can be judged only after many installments, but it's off to a tantalizingly creepy start.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    It's got a way to go to become a polished program, but made a very solid and affable first impression.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Some parts work well; others don't.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    All the Haggis-Moresco touches are here, from the imaginative choices and uses of music to the sly surprises and twisted humor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Like watching "The Carol Burnett Show: The Next Generation."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    It fields one of the most enjoyable sitcom ensemble casts in some time.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The series... is pure formula, but it's a formula that works.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    It's the best high school coaching drama since "The White Shadow," and deserves a chance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    After each of the first two hours of "Kidnapped," you're eager to learn what happens next. In any TV series, that's a good sign. In a serialized drama, it's crucial - and "Kidnapped" makes it look easy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    As good a cast as you'll find anywhere on TV.... But in the end, the decisive question may be whether inner TV provides as much material as the inner White House.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Everyone in the pilot makes a solid first impression.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    "Eureka" is the sort of show that makes you want to see more of almost every supporting player - and, of course, of the show itself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Even though "Ugly Betty" tends to go for very broad humor when subtlety would serve better, it is easily watchable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    "The Knights of Prosperity" has delivered this season where so many new shows have failed: It introduces a serialized story line with characters and a plot that are different and likable enough to warrant a return visit.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    It's not surprising television writers would find television funny. It's gratifying they can make it funny for us, too.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    A squirt of soap serves this show well.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The only thing that could be disappointing about it is if TV Land doesn't immediately commit to make more.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    A very complex metaphysical mystery, the enjoyment of which comes, in no small part, from the surprises that spill out as it slowly unfurls.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Once you accept the quiet rhythms and deliberate pace of The Bronx Is Burning, though, it begins to pay off.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    While the crime itself is only moderately intriguing, its real function is to let viewers see what each of these women does, how they work together and how they talk to each other.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Margulies is sufficiently skilled that she finds the parts of Elizabeth Canterbury we can like, and her internal struggle is what makes this more than just the latest lawyer show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    Happily, viewers have less of a challenge in picking up the somewhat complex story line that continues from the "Terminator" movies. Newcomers won't be any more confused than they are by any time-travel adventure.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    This show is more entertaining than most unscripted series, but that praise doesn't raise the heat high enough.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Hinckley
    The rest of the drama, though, suspends disbelief much more successfully. The acting, by both men and women, is quite nuanced and well-observed. After a few episodes, you feel their pain, and hope that it is eased.