For 1,087 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 4.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 I've Got A Secret: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,087 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    If you relish the devious darkness of "Dexter" and the wonderful wackiness of "Weeds," you'll love the macabre moodiness of "Meadowlands."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 David Hinckley
    As You Like It is effortlessly entertaining from start to finish.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    As you would expect from a show entering its 19th season, the acting and the pacing are strong and confident. L&O has always been smart enough to stick with what works.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    There are a lot of good laughs here, and they are not the result of Larry David changing anything about the show or his character, who is the show. He'd still trip his mother to get the last seat on the bus.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The show's long break seems to have rejuvenated its story lines, in which intense, rapid-fire action plays out against the backdrop of a complex, methodical geopolitical chess game.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    That plot crystallizes through a pair of two-hour episodes, Sunday and Monday nights, and at times it crystallizes slowly.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The show pays more attention to relationships we care about, hints at a sensible number of new ones that show some promise, and thus doesn't rely on obscure medical mysteries to carry the whole dramatic burden.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Other complications arise as well, and Laurie is superb in this episode, carrying scenes so strongly that for long stretches the viewer will forget the absence of his regular colleagues entirely.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It remains one of the best.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Now it must find a way to become more than a routine action drama pitting plucky good guys against amoral, robotic bad guys. It's got the characters who can do that, though, and it's also streamlined its story enough so even a new viewer can figure out what's going on from tonight's back-to-back premiere episodes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Despite soapy moments, it offers a more honest portrayal of contemporary high school life than a "90210."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a brand new ballgame. It looks to be a winner.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The show's droll and mostly apolitical humor fits the exaggerated characters well, it's still got a good fast rhythm, and the five major players work well as an ensemble.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Damages is a show that has always required a viewer's full attention, and the rewards are there for those who do.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Admit it: You've probably never considered the potential impact of sleep deprivation on a serial killer. Well, the creators of Dexter have, and the results make for highly entertaining television.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Mary doesn't win 'em all, but In Plain Sight is a W for USA.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    In general, we like his character, and Reese's. They have a new boss named Kevin Tidwell (Donal Logue), who doesn't start off all good or all bad. Neither does the show. But if it can maintain this level of quality, it's got a shot.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It knows exactly what it wants and needs its new hybrid product to be. The hockey fights video of teen romance drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Everything isn't perfect on Burn Notice. Some of the subplots have to be wrapped up a little neatly. But the interplay of the core group has enough ambivalence and shadows to keep the show intriguing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This will be good news to people who enjoy watching train wrecks in which the engineer accelerates as the precipice nears, which is Grace's signature move.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's unavoidable that True Blood will fall into some of the same dramas as other vampire shows. It's just got sharper teeth.
    • 85 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    What matters is how well it's done, and Disney does a lot of things right. It's multicultural. Parents are portrayed as people. The intrapersonal dramas are small enough so viewers will understand them.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Wright is a diligent reporter, and his material has been whipped into a smooth script under producers David Simon and Ed Burns.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It has good characters and plenty of action. It keeps its science fiction accessible, not abstract. Maybe best of all, it has a great sense of humor.