David Hinckley
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For 1,161 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 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Damages: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Cougar: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,161 tv reviews
    • 80 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Fortunately, someone finally grabs hold of the wheel and steers it back to where it belongs, as one of the great character dramas of contemporary television.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency takes some time setting itself up Sunday night, but those who stay with it will be rewarded with the funniest and most charming lady detective series since "Murder, She Wrote."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Sewell radiates the kind of fascination you can't buy off the rack at the TV drama store, and that alone gives Eleventh Hour a strong start.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Harper's Island is an elaborate horror movie, a twentysomething slasher flick with a really good wardrobe, a first-rate cast and 13 weeks worth of twists and subplots.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The likable Pete and Myka are a classic match, bickering until they need to stop and work together, which they do. Artie provides both comic relief and a reminder that their job is difficult and dangerous--point also made by Artie's boss, Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder). Not too much new here. But there's nothing wrong with taking the old and doing it well.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Some of the pirates tonight, perhaps inevitably, take on a little of Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow. But the acting is generally solid and the action is both stirring and, happily, easy to follow.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Mainly, underneath the sitcom setups and witty banter, this show moves to the pulse of the ad game. The mystique and power of raw ideas push this story as surely as they push the characters of "Mad Men."
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's a fun ride and Wyle has gotten a little better each time. That's why it's a shame there apparently won't be another.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    With 19 episodes remaining in this season, there's plenty of time for all this drama to intensify and the characters to sort themselves out as good and not-so-good.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Shirley MacLaine will get most of the attention for playing fashion legend Coco Chanel in this smart-looking and solidly crafted new Lifetime biopic premiering Saturday night.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Add strong performances by a dozen major characters, starting with Claire Foy as Little Dorrit, and you've got the kind of production television is often accused of having abandoned.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The best moments in Wednesday night's chat between Elvis Costello and Elton John, which are good enough to recommend the show for fans of both men, serve up small but sparkling musical pleasures.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    There are no actual fires involved, and several key scenes are played in near-silence. The emotional intensity, though, rips right through the screen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Unlike shows that rely on flamboyant judges for much of their color, Top Chef has mostly risen and fallen on the personality and skills of the contestants. So it's off to a good start this time around.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    While some of their "family values" are perverse and illegal, most are rooted in the same principles embraced by the straightest arrows in town. That's what makes them more than motorcycle thugs and makes their show worth the discomfort it sometimes takes to ride with it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    To be as much fun as it strives to be, Warehouse 13 can't be just a cop show with a gimmick. It needs to make the gimmick interesting and fun. Season one was promising and season two seems to be staying on track.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    What Southland has, already, is its own swagger, a get-outta-my-way style of moving and talking that says it's going for the raw edges we see on cable shows like "Breaking Bad." Southland pulls it off, too. If Thursday night's premiere episode is an indication how it plans to roll, it's a keeper.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Just reciting plots can make Southland sound like a soap opera, and in some ways that's what ensemble shows are. But this one is more than that.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    As viewers, we're less interested in the destination than the ride, and this one starts out feeling like fun.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Everyone in "How to Make It" isn't a winner. But the show looks to be just that.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A splendid new addition to pay-cable's stock of dark comedies that keep a human heart beating behind the laughs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It's now even easier to get so caught up in the dramas that you can forget this show is really funny.

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