David Hinckley
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For 1,162 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 Mad Men: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Workaholics: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,162 tv reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Fox and K-Ville creator Jonathan Lisco get credit for setting their new police drama in post-Katrina New Orleans--but future episodes will have to settle down and get serious if the show is to do justice to its setting and potential.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    As a series, it could be a lot better, but there's no denying the appeal of the two musicians.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    While some of the pilot strains to be contemporary with its youthful fixations, the only actor and character who really stands out is Atandwa Kani's Tumelo, a native South African who connects with Katie. Otherwise, it's the animals that make Life is Wild worth watching.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Time travel looked so cool and carefree in "Back to the Future" that you wonder why it seems to become so difficult and often downright unpleasant when TV characters try it. In the case of Dan Vassar, the time traveler in NBC's new Journeyman, it also gets unreasonably complicated for the viewer.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    So many parts of the pilot, though, seem dumbed down or sacrificing character for punch lines, you wonder why things weren't retooled in time for launch.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    If ABC's new cop drama, Castle, can slightly tweak its title character, it could turn into a very nice little show. In Monday night's premiere episode, it's just not quite there.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Brothers starts with a noble idea: Bring two estranged adult brothers together by forcing them to live in their parents' house again. It just doesn't quite achieve either poignance or real comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Jay was Jay last night--hands in pockets, blue suit, solid monologue. Pleasant, likeable, funny, a guy you'd invite to your barbeque.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Most of it was funny stuff, and the audience lapped it up, having long since accepted Conan as contemporary media's cuddliest martyr. For those outside the hard core, though, the sands may be running through the hourglass on this drama, from which Conan is the last major character to move on.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The problem isn’t the characters, though they can feel a little stilted. The problem is that we don’t believe the whole situation.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    Up front, at least, the show too often feels like its fighting with itself.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The cast works well together. They just have to fight some implausible setups and jarring shifts from clever and poignant to sappy and slapstick. ... Even assuming the show can keep the cast sick enough to be in the hospital, but so not sick it just gets sad, it may be hard to sustain this story over a full season.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Farmer Wants a Wife feels about as "real" as "The Dukes of Hazzard," suggesting it should be viewed in much the same spirit.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem with this "Diary" is that Belle simply isn't as interesting as Bridget [of "Bridget Jones's Diary."]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    With the second season now starting, it needs to add a little more value.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Bella, played by Elizabeth Reaser of "Grey's Anatomy," is pleasant, and viewers will appreciate how she works to keep urgency from devolving into desperation. But she's stuck in this guy-of-the-week plot that leaves little room to do anything but hope each guy has enough unique quirks so the jokes can change.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Wile Bobby Cannavale plays a credible Cupid and Sarah Paulson is likable as his mortal sparring partner Dr. Claire McCrae, there just isn't a whole lot here.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    For the moment, it would be nice if the show could just make the present more compelling.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The performances here are good, right down to a cynical--and beautiful--bartender to whom Teddy tells the whole tale. But the action often feels like it was created by video-game developers, and what is supposed to be the subtext, about Teddy really trying to save himself, is about as subtle as a kick in the groin from a sneering DEA agent.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Too much of Men, despite Romano's skill at observational humor, feels slow and uncomfortably downbeat.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    For the good raucous fun we seem to want in our "reality" food shows, Chopping Block isn't yet something most Americans are likely to order.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It all feels pretty dense and confusing to those outside the sci-fi world.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It should be funny, which the new Fox workplace comedy Do Not Disturb is not.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    it's still feeling like a pasted-together assortment of ideas and plot lines from productions past.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While moments in The Principal's Office are relatable enough, they're just not that intriguing, maybe because they involve people we've never met before and will not meet again.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    A wellmeaning, goodnatured show that doesn't have quite the sparkle you'd expect when the main characters include Aphrodite and Hercules.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Sadly, the game on CM:SB feels too often like we've seen it before and we know what's coming.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The phrase "all over the place" barely begins to cover it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Lange is fine as the senior Edie, but Barrymore, for reasons not entirely her fault, seems off her game.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's all good-natured, upbeat and occasionally funny. Janeane Garofalo has an amusing role as a sardonic talk-show host. But mostly the viewer will be drumming his or her fingers, waiting for the inevitable to play out, which it does, with no particular distinction.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The formulaic story also limits what the actors can do, though Sokoloff slides nicely into the plucky reluctant heroine role.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    None of the stories is particularly memorable and, interestingly, no one suggests that weight gain was a by-product of depression from losing the spotlight.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    If it all sounds a little contrived, it is. But that's not the show's real problem. The real problem is that instead of having goofy fun with all its eye candy, Royal Pains mostly wants to sit around drinking in the excesses of the uber-wealthy, with an occasional joke as an afterthought.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Trouble is, it doesn't feel all that fresh. Arrogant, idiot superiors have been a bedrock of humor-infused dramas from the ancient Greeks right up through "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Ugly Betty."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Clueless, oblivious characters are a foundation of most sitcoms, but this show needs more of a humor base than a wall mural that shows Pawnee's first white settlers massacring the natives.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The show does a good job in tonight's premiere of sorting out the good guys and filling viewers in on the disturbing backstory. In fact, it may do too good a job because there doesn't seem to be a lot of mysteries left.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Somewhere along the way, though, this three-night, six-hour production begins to feel less like a compelling metaphor for totalitarian repression and more like a marathon. No offense, but is it over yet?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The trappings up front are so over the top that to say you watch Spartacus to see a contemporary reworking of a cinema classic is like saying you go to Hooters for the food.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Beautiful Life is designed to fit alongside CW anchors like "90210," except that even by those standards, it's pretty predictable and stilted.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Secret Girlfriend feels like it never aspires to be more than a leaf blowing past us in the wind.
    • New York Daily News
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's got the action and the one-liners. It just doesn't leave you caring all that much whether you see it again.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    For viewers, it's almost impossible to stay awake.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's a slight premise, and the odds of it morphing into a fresh, lively weekly adventure feel about the same. Slight.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The pieces are here. They just feel messy and unfocused, which means the show's fate may depend on whether the audience will hang around long enough to sort it all out. That may take a little sprinkling of magic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Middle feels like a sitcom version of standup comedy. "Three guys and two girls walk into Indiana..."It's not offensive. Just superfluous.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While the story feels thin and forced, it does let the show dig into Nick and Suzanne's real feelings toward each other, and reminds us that we like them both.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Persons Unknown was originally developed for Syfy, and it shows. It's all eerie music, unanswered questions and disturbing discoveries, leavened only very occasionally by humor.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    We see his standup act and we laugh. We watch this whole package and the laughs are sporadic. Someday he may find the scripted sitcom that captures his humor. Not this time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    We've seen that moment many times before, from gays and straights. That doesn't mean we can't see it again. It just means The Real L Word needs to feel like more than a Facebook post.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    They might have to lose some of the cartoon-cop humor to get there. Whether they do may determine whether Dan and Jack end up as a short, forgettable joke or a couple of cops we care about.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The show just doesn't add enough fresh blood to dramas and situations we may simply have seen too often.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Ultimately, though, the stories here are too brief and, frankly, too ordinary to sustain the viewer's interest for very long.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    As a reality show, "Fly Girls" feels pretty routine.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Not all Mortimer's posse seems shallow or unpleasant. But collectively they feel like the characters from all those nasty and wonderful 1960s Rolling Stones songs about neurotic rich girls. If only they were as interesting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    To put it bluntly, it's more fun to watch some guy pick up a car than to hear him contemplate its impact on his family.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    So where "Dallas" was happy if we were appalled at almost every character, Lone Star depends on us coming to like most of them, including Bob. The problem is that he's not a guy who got drunk one night and wrecked someone's car on a joyride. He has spent his life stealing from people who thought he was their friend.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Despite a first-rate performance from Smits and a smart, sharp cast, the show stumbles over a clumsy setup from which, alas, it may be difficult to recover.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Not offensive. Just not particularly fresh or compelling. Long-term, "Outsourced" may want to become an Indian cousin of "Community," with diverse off-center people whose eccentricities fuel jokes. That's fine. The question may be whether, in carefully omitting most things that could offend, the show has enough left to endure.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It just plays like strung-together sketch comedy, working much harder for fewer rewards than if it added a little depth to the characters.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Running Wilde gets off to an unpromising start by creating a complicated, tortured premise that many labored minutes later delivers us to a simple rom-com.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Event is such a blur of shadowy operatives, dubious motives, cryptic dialogue and mystifying time shifts that by the end, many viewers may be not so much curious as simply confused.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Fox's best comedies are always off-center. Raising Hope forgets to stay there.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While the fixings are here for genuine humor, Glory Daze repeatedly settles for quick-and-dirty. That's frustrating, even though it's understandable to some extent, because the audience for that style of comedy clearly exists.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The best thing that can be said for the six Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on their opening night is that they aren't as annoying as their counterparts in New York or New Jersey. The fact they don't make us want to wash our hands, though, is not the same as saying their self-absorbed dramas are worth an hour of our lives.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Palin is a decent, likable guide to the wonders of Alaska, when we get to them. But the real agenda of this show more often seems to be the wonders of Sarah Palin.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It just doesn't feel like it's setting up a story we're really going to care about.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Episodes has funny moments. It just seems primarily designed to amuse the TV industry.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    What Bob's Burgers doesn't quite have yet is a rhythm and flow of its own. It's got the ingredients to get there, though.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The opening night lesson of the new Fox sitcom Traffic Light is that no matter how marvelous hands-free telephone technology has become, it isn't yet advanced enough to carry its own sitcom.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Maybe it will work. Maybe it will sort itself out in time for viewers to figure out what they like. For now, it feels chaotic.
    • New York Daily News
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    To my eyes, in the end, those moments still don't make this show worth an hour and a half of a Saturday night. It just has too many giggly jokes about "toilet water." But if you're among those fans who feared a few years ago you'd lost Pee-wee forever, there's no arguing that you now have him back.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Some of the humor is decent enough, but some also has the same feeling as Paul's life: We're here and there's nothing we can do about it, so we might as well tell jokes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The characters on ABC's new sitcom Happy Endings seem likable and funny. So why, the viewer may ask, does the show give them such a forced and convoluted back-story that it keeps getting in the way of both those qualities?
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There may or may not be a better way to do this show. Unfortunately, this one just isn't all that exciting.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The sobering truth is that sometimes when you mix too many colors, you don't get a brighter rainbow. You get dark gray. Or, in this case, a supersize soap opera.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Where "Army Wives" can get soapy at times, it also starts with a premise that sets it apart. The Protector doesn't start with that advantage.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    They both confess to failings, Tatum more than Ryan, and they seem genuinely interested in making things work. Whether they can will be the drama for the next seven episodes, and the only safe bet is that with two people as self-focused as these guys, the ride won't be smooth.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    So it may develop a cult following, and whether it does or not, FX deserves continuing credit for trying different approaches to traditional TV shows. Too often, though, Wilfred makes us work a little too hard for the payout.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    What's good for Roseanne, though, isn't necessarily good television. We need something to happen other than a continuing low-level debate over whether Roseanne will accede to Johnny's bidding and get married.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    To draw out the story by looping it through subplots and minidramas runs the risk of turning it into a fairy-tale soap opera--when what we really want to know is whether the tragic Snow White or the lonely Emma can in the end live happily ever after.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It plays as cheap voyeuristic thrills, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but does keep the show percolating at a somewhat low level.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There's nothing to really dislike about CBS' new sitcom How to Be a Gentleman. There's just not that much there at all.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Skilled as Applegate, Arnett and Rudolph are at making us laugh, they need dimension.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem isn't the performers....The problem is the jokes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Collectively, then, Whitney often feels like a series of standup jokes broken up by snippets of dialogue.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Chew too often felt overstuffed, as if its celebrity crew were engaged in a speed-talking contest.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Without sounding disrespectful, it feels pretty routine.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Bag of Bones feels a little skeletal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    So the upstairs and the downstairs people are sorting things out this season, a process that drifts in and out of confusion.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's as familiar, comfortable and tasty as a Ritz cracker.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    All these characters seem modestly interesting, but none, at least on first acquaintance, feel compelling. Nor are we drawn into their quest.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Viewers who don't regularly contemplate alternative-reality issues probably should tape the show as well as watch it, because the non-expert may have to watch it twice just to figure out what's going on, or even to understand what parts we don't understand.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    In an attempt to distinguish itself from a dozen previous TV fashion competitions, which is not a bad goal, Fashion Star ends up feeling overly complicated and a little cluttered.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Bent feels like a one-night stand where, in the morning, no one minds if you don't stay for breakfast.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Duck Dynasty still turns out to be a formulaic show, with a lot of low-level verbal crossfire among family members who at the end of the day assure us they all love each other.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Okay, delicious trash, perhaps. But still, trash.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    On its first pass, Common Law feels awkward.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's too easy, too much like a series of safe sketches that play to all the stereotypes everyone in politics claims describe the other side.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem with 7 Days isn't its lack of explicit material. It's the mundanity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    After a little while, though, it slips over the line from factoid to lecture--and what doesn't help, oddly enough, is the wise-guy attitude the Sklars bring to it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The turf [conversations revolving around sex] is so familiar in sitcoms these days that even funny lines feel recycled. Like Men at Work.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Chiklis is terrific. Too often, though, Vegas plays like a comic book, without much depth to its characters.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While everyone here executes their roles well, Saving Hope never feels very gripping.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Nick at Nite's new soap opera Hollywood Heights asks us for an extended suspension of dramatic disbelief. It has some work ahead to earn it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Maybe at a certain point it won't feel like all this is a little too gimmicky, or that the rules are being made up as we go along. Out of the box, it kind of does.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Picking up a copy of the Washington Post from any day in his presidency would likely provide more insight into the man who led the Free World when the Berlin Wall fell and later launched the first Gulf War.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    This one may be mostly for the hard core.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The best face it can put on terrible murder cases is philosophical, and that may not be enough to keep viewers from the somber takeaway that someone they like has ended up dead.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s still a basically good-hearted guy against a mean old world. But the modernizing makeover has taken away some of what made Sinbad last so many centuries in the first place.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The New Normal wants what "Modern Family" is having. But if we're going to catapult from "South Park" to a Hallmark movie, we need a smoother ride.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Katie came off as likeable, which counts for a lot in daytime. The show just didn't have a lot of content, somewhat like the stage that often felt too big for her.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Part of what Jordan does, inadvertently, is remind us that the real value of a toy is what it meant to us when we played with it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    When you get a headache just trying to follow a show's setup, that's not a good sign. When a show's twists and turns make it hard to concentrate on what seems to be a terrific performance from the splendid Andre Braugher, that's even worse.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Almost all of it feels hit-and-run, an exercise in setting up a clever line here or a cartoonish response there.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Fatal Honeymoon seems vaguely unsatisfying--not because of its conclusion, but because it feels like an extended dramatization that in the end tells us less than a straight news report or documentary could have done.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Emily Owens M.D. begins with the mildly interesting if familiar premise that real life is just like high school. Unfortunately, that idea does not become a launching pad for an interesting story.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There's nothing wrong with playing a gay stereotype on a sitcom, except that if you're the main character, you can't be just a gay stereotype. Even an amusing one.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Droll and amusing though the jokes and characters in the first episode often are, The Neighbors has all its chips riding on what is essentially a one-line gag.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It has complex and possibly interesting ideas and subplots. By the time most viewers finish, though, their flame of interest may be flickering.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Not even the prospect of Deena getting arrested for being drunk and disorderly can restore this final season to its past glory.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The show still has some interesting things happening, and there are worse things on TV than a fast-paced action drama. But making it into “Son of 24” doesn’t feel like the right touch.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    George's action scenes are solid. There just aren't enough of them, and Hunted isn't comprehensible enough for the cerebral part to carry as much of the show as it has to.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Ethel comes off as a lovely family heirloom, something future generations of Kennedys can cherish. For the rest of us, it's a little less compelling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Even though Baio and Ubach handle their roles well, neither the comic setups nor the sentimental reconciliations feel like much more than reruns.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    On Our Own could ultimately paint the Houstons as solid, regular folks using their faith and love to cope with life's troubles. After the first night, though, most viewers will likely understand some of the unease.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Catfish has value as a cautionary tale, and documentation of one way the Internet has affected lives. That makes it sociology, not entertainment.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It's a story of triumph with a strong vein of tragedy, and in the larger picture, Liz & Dick never captures that scope. Nor, down at the detail level, does the script do neither Lohan or Bowler any favors.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    [Red Widow] threatens to box its characters into a dead-end world from which viewers see no escape.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The gimmick undercuts what could have been a decent doctor show with benefits --that is, a solid romance between lead characters Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale) and Dr. Lena Solis (Alana De La Garza).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Unfortunately, the potentially intriguing premise of this new three-part BBC America series, In the Flesh, soon turns into a heavy-handed allegory for how we treat anyone who is different and perceived as threatening.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Giving the characters a few more shades of gray wouldn’t hurt, either, since the whole drama has a kind of cartoon simplicity that makes us feel like we’ve seen all of it before.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    She seems to focus more, at least upfront, on injustices she suffered in the past, when she was the weird kid in school who got bullied.... For a lot of kids, the teen years are just plain awful, and it’s not surprising survivors would feel a bond with someone who had the experience and understands. That doesn’t guarantee a good TV show.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Instead of trusting this foundation and these actors, though, Family Tools seems to feel it must make every situation and interaction so outrageous it turns the characters into cartoons.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s all good-natured. It’s also random.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Faris does her best with a role that still feels unfinished, and too much of the rest of the cast consists of caricatures.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Reckless feels like it was designed by a committee.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It has funny moments. It’s just not a game we’re likely to want to keep watching.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem with Mistresses may lie with the expectations it has set. If the sex isn't going to be fun, what is it going to be? It would be good if we found that out soon.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Blood & Oil almost feels more like a “Real Housewives” rolling family fight than a microcosm of our national quest for energy independence.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s a bleak and predictable story, not just because of where it took Anna Nicole, but because of where it took those around her.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While there’s the potential for a nice, relatable human situation here, almost all the dialogue feels like setups for punch lines. Too often this leaves the actors, even skilled veterans Riegert and Mull, stranded.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Hard Knock Life just isn’t all that interesting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Even with savvy veterans and a relatively fresh newcomer like Isler around him, little about Sean Saves the World will make most viewers keep coming back.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The dramas, at least up front, feel pretty mundane. Someone thinks the boss is being too strict and picking on her. Someone doesn’t think someone else is carrying enough of the load.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s a good premise. But where both old guys are cranky and frustrating, unable to show they really care, Caan’s character is unpleasant in ways Eastwood’s was not [in the film "Trouble With the Curve"].
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The Vineyard feels less like a Martha’s Vineyard experience than a generic young-folks reality-show experience.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    While several subplots swirl around, Drac’s mission will be driving this story, which means we need a commanding presence at the center. Rhys Meyers plays it more subtly. That’s a valid acting choice. It just doesn’t make the story as bloody good as it might be.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Good parenting is noble, selfless, wonderful work. It’s just not all that compelling to watch it practiced by strangers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    At several points, Resurrection feels like the kind of show that might have been better served by culling subplots and making it into a miniseries or a movie.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    This show doesn’t have to be super. It does have to be fun.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Even though the fate of the world is presumably at stake, as tends to be the case in these fantasies, this one just doesn’t feel very rousing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There isn’t a lot of drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It’s all done in a tone of subtly absurdist humor, which is fine but wearing. While explanations of international marketability and aftermarket products may fascinate Hollywood, they soon become white noise.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There’s nothing terribly wrong with Killing Kennedy. We just don’t need the splashes of Hollywood in a story we already know way too well.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Numerous scenes reiterate what we knew, and side touches like Bonnie’s recurring ballerina fantasies don’t need the time they’re given.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It starts by focusing on the riders’ determination and training. That’s good. Then it segues into the infighting and personality clashes among the competitors. That’s not so good.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Chozen shows he’s still got the goods, and his prison years have given him rich material. Among other things, he declares rap needs to be more inclusive, which lays a serious message under the gags. Second, everything gets a lot cruder, an understandable decision that could downshift the show from unique to routine.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    V.C. Andrews’ popular and creepy 1979 novel “Flowers in the Attic” gets no favors from the scriptwriters in this latest adaptation. The reason to watch, even when you’re saying “Yeah, right” to what’s happening on the screen, is actors Ellen Burstyn, Mason Dye and Kiernan Shipka.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The movie itself apparently isn’t sure the murders themselves are lurid enough. So it adds a few things that didn’t happen, plus some 21st-century music.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Mitt focuses on a couple of flashpoints: the unsuccessful 2008 primaries against John McCain, the successful 2012 primaries and the 2012 general election. In none of these do we get any “aha, so that’s how he really feels” moments. It’s more a portrait of someone who assesses each situation accurately, good or bad.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    At the end of the night, Mixology doesn’t have a lot of fizz.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There's nothing wrong with American Dream Builders except it feels like these design shows are becoming a TV version of Levittown.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    First, Catherine at times feels stylized, like a character from a ’30s movie. It’s alluring and distracting. Second, none of the other characters pops out enough so we’re immediately eager to find out what will happen next.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    As in the earlier show [NBC's "Best Friends Forever"], both Parham and St. Clair create likable characters we wouldn’t mind following through strange, poignant, absurd, comic and ultimately endearing adventures. But those adventures get diluted here, at least on the back-to-back opening night episodes, by heavy-handed scenes you don’t expect or want in a USA show.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    The problem for the miniseries is that what it adds to fill the extra time feels like padding.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    A couple of hail-Mary maneuvers and a lucky coincidence come to the rescue. But it’s clear that Gang Related already has dipped deep into a well that only holds so much water.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    This lavishly produced and well-acted mystery-and-conspiracy drama lacks only one essential element: a payoff that makes the previous four hours feel a little more worth your time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    At times we're watching largely to see if there will be a clever turn in the writing. It would be better if we were more invested in the character drama.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    In the end, this Canadian import would be okay for a summer evening if there was more to like in the characters. There just isn’t.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    In the end, yes, of course, everyone loves each other. But by the time we get there, the only Swedish word that’s likely to remain lodged in our mind is “meatballs.”
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    [The cast are] all quirky, setting up an endless stream of mix-and-match jokes that don’t seem interested in going much of anywhere.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    There may not be a quiz, but without notes you’ll almost certainly miss some of the twists and clues. The eight-episode Intruders, based on the Michael Marshall Smith book, doesn’t fear the dense.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    It doesn’t offer enough fun to balance out the multiple improbabilities in its storyline, the constant time-shifts, the hard-to-follow scenes in the dark or what we’re expected to accept about the legal and academic worlds.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    We don’t dislike the characters. We just don’t feel compelled to watch them, because they often don’t feel much more real than the animated characters they’re replacing on Fox Sunday night.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Tambor, a good actor, gets whipsawed by some of what he’s asked to do, and the show sometimes has the same feeling. It too often ends up finding neither the comedy nor the pathos in these tortured lives.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Deliverance Creek is what the TV biz calls a “backdoor pilot,” meaning that its real goal is for the story to continue as a weekly series. If it does, let’s hope it gets less murky.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    Somehow, it’s hard to appreciate the insights because the whole thing just feels so gosh-darned depressing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hinckley
    NBC’s annual live musical event had spirit and lively dancing Thursday night. It also felt long and flat, even when it briefly morphed into a superhero showdown.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Leaden, predictable and, at times, unintentionally funny.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    A script so unimaginative, and characters so flat and forced, that it begs for a recall vote.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's a show so determined to shock that it cares more about that than about such things as compelling lead characters, believable situations or inventively solved mysteries.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    If you think "Will & Grace" got lazy and tired after a few years, with its broad punch lines and broader plots - and you should - "Twins" accelerates the process by starting out that way.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's not only unimpressive. Parts of it are uncomfortable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The questions posed by "The Triangle" are fascinating. But the answers are - sometimes literally - a waste of time.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Where "The Game" botches its "Game" plan, though, is in writing punch lines that are much too broad, and in casting men who are more convincing in their roles and relationships than the women.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    There's little talent, and even less charisma, evident in this gaggle of guys.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    For every story line that intrigues, and every character that sparks some interest, there are several others that don't.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The cast is pleasant enough, and Romijn certainly tackles her character with the abandon and conviction necessary to anchor a comedy-drama series. Were the show better written, these actors probably could deliver the goods with no problem.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    This year even Anderson can't keep this ship from running aground.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    My "Sixth Sense" says "Ghost Whisperer" isn't a very good show at all.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Every year, there's at least one sitcom that takes an extremely talented cast, and wastes all that talent in an extremely disappointing series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Louis-Dreyfus herself tries hard - sometimes too hard - and deserves better.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Perhaps, with all the reality TV dating shows pervading the tube, there's not much appetite left for a sitcom about a fictional dating firm. More probably, there's just not much appetite for a sitcom that isn't funny.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    This latest attempt at a series with glamorous young people frolicking at an even more glamorous resort doesn't demonstrate significantly more depth than its unsuccessful predecessors.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    This "Free Ride," I suspect, will be over very soon.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Yes, these are good deeds. Yes, Amy Grant seems genuinely nice. But no, "Three Wishes," unlike "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," does not come off as a good TV show.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Something feels wrong about a TV "reality show" team swooping into the hotel where a displaced Hurricane Katrina family has been living since September and carting two girls out to Las Vegas for a fancy birthday party.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    How un-innovative is this series about innovation? Let me count the ways.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    They say insanity is performing the same action repeatedly and hoping for a different outcome. For ABC and "Day Break," insanity may be expecting viewers to watch the same day over and over and be interested in the infinite minor and major variations.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The question, still open, is whether the writers can pack enough comic caffeine into the next 21 weeks to keep viewers along for the ride.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's not only about a bomb. It is one.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Tonight's new Fox courtroom drama series, "Justice," has plenty of [gimmicks]. What it doesn't have, though, is a persuasive reason to watch.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The plot strains credulity so much that even that action-happy audience might reject the show.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The initial story... is a lot more complicated than it is compelling - and by the time tonight's first hour is up, you aren't hungry for more.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It may be harsh to suggest his "Creek" has run dry, but as a followup exploration of teen anxiety, "Hidden Palms" offers little but scenic and human scenery.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    In theory, it's an intriguing concept for a series. But in practice, "Six Degrees" doesn't work at all in drawing you in at the start.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    "Fashion House" is a passable pop diversion, and a definite curiosity.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's a show where neither the world being created nor the characters populating it are remotely convincing - or interesting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It's not a very artistic or compelling documentary.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    If we're going to root for these guys, however, it would help to like them. These guys don't make it easy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Even the best home run hitters can swing and miss badly, though - and on "The Wedding Bells," all of them do.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The show feels recycled.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Carpoolers, despite a few likable cast members and passable jokes, is in so much trouble, it's pulled over, on the shoulder.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Its humor, which dominates, isn't funny enough, and its occasional stabs at dramatic scenes aren't serious enough.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    The Captain [is] a historic hotel now populated by every Hollywood stereotype ever dusted off for a sitcom pilot.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    Let's say Unhitched just isn't very funny.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    There's more pathos than humor in "Dice Undisputed," and very little "reality" that seems real rather than self-consciously staged.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    You know a show needs work when its show-stopper is the mime.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 David Hinckley
    It doesn't bode well for this series, however, that tonight's premiere features a magnetic, dynamic, no-nonsense female cyborg who steals every scene she's in--and it isn't Ryan as Jaime Sommers.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 David Hinckley
    Waters may kill me, but the rest of "'Til Death" doesn't have the same pitch-perfect tone.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Neither the characters nor the cases in "Conviction" generate much of anything. Not drama, not comedy, and certainly not viewer loyalty.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The drama has more false frights than a student horror film, and such an uneven and incompatible tone that it's tough to tell which is funnier, the scenes of alleged humor or the scenes of alleged drama.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "The Loop" is much more failure than success.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Cold-hearted and dreadful.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Desperately trying to be mysterious like "Lost," this show, by any other name, turns out to be an ironically diluted version.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The network may feel that Bratt could stand there, read the phone book and attract millions of adoring female fans. Starring in "E-Ring" may be the closest thing to finding out whether that's true.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "Head Cases" has good leading men but a crushingly bad premise.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    NBC has reestablished another Thursday night tradition: sticking another unfunny, almost unwatchable sitcom at 8:30.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    "Criminal Minds," which generates almost no creative energy of its own, has the aura - or is it odor? - of being patched together from scraps of failed CBS dramas of the past.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Stiflingly reverential, sadly superficial.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    It's all surface and very little substance.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Thou shalt not watch.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Lacke is the only person, or thing, in "Happy Hour" that made me laugh.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    It would be obvious and unfunny to dismiss Rob Corddry's new Fox sitcom, "The Winner," by saying it's a loser. But since the alleged humor in this new series is even more lazy and less amusing than that, it seems only fair.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    A sort of perfect storm of bad writing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Nothing to see.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Since these "Book Club" women do not seem inclined either to read or discuss their books, my advice is to follow their example - and neither watch nor discuss "Tuesday Night Book Club."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    He's polite-looking and very likable - but aside from some quick ad libs during on-location segments, he doesn't get any chance to establish, much less assert, his personality.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    It's not good.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    The word "juvenile" doesn't begin to describe "The Sarah Silverman Show." It completely describes it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    This one is almost impressively wonderless.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    Everything feels forced, right down to the dialogue, wherein the characters all talk the way writers write when they're stretching to set up a joke.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 David Hinckley
    If, years later, you're still trying to wash away the foul taste of Fox's "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance," the idea of putting family members and friends through emotional anguish for the sake of prime-time entertainment isn't any funnier than it sounds.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It's stunning that ABC's new sitcom In the Motherhood, built on stories of life as Mom, manages to come off as stiff, disjointed and curiously unlikable.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    It may remind some viewers more directly of the British sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous," except that "Ab Fab" was hilarious and this one just gives you a headache.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    In a perfect world, Dollhouse would be a good show. It's not.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The producers are dependent on their contestant and the kindness of baffled strangers to develop an interesting impromptu drama, and it just doesn't happen all that often.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The lesser problem is that all the gags are telegraphed. We see them coming long before they arrive. The bigger problem is that when they get here, they all feel forced, as if someone thought of the gag first, then tried to manufacture a situation, however contorted, that would lead to it.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    Hidden camera gags often now settle for crude instead of working a little harder to achieve clever.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    There isn't a person on this show selling anything more compelling than shallow vanity.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The two-night miniseries "The Storm," the latest production in NBC's summer of the apocalypse, suggests the network may be running out of creative ways to terminate life as we know it.
    • New York Daily News
    • 64 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    He's supposed to be a neurotic slacker who escapes into this cool new world, but even there, he still comes off as a neurotic slacker. You want smack him and tell him to go sit down. And if you did, he probably would.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 David Hinckley
    The writing is uneven, so is the tone, and all put together, it's just not very engaging.

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