David Hinckley
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For 1,176 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

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 The Cougar: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,176 tv reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The droll office comedy Better Off Ted could have quickly turned into a one-joke bore. Instead, it sails into its second season tonight as one of the best sitcoms on television.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Life Unexpected is TV pleasure unexpected.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Undercover Boss isn't spectacular TV. But its real appeal lies in the exercise itself: watching a CEO meet actual workers and realize they work hard at jobs often made harder by petty rules and policies.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Everyone in "How to Make It" isn't a winner. But the show looks to be just that.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    But if Ugly Americans comes with a message, it is at least equally determined to just be funny, and at that task, it frequently succeeds.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Treme, created by "Wire" mastermind David Simon, may not ultimately get to the level of those others, because it's going to take a while to sort out the characters and lay down the themes. It also looks to have a deliberate pace, and it doesn't seem to be setting up for a lot of blood-and-guts action, so it may end up attracting a more cerebral crowd.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A new ABC Family series built around four teenage friends and an ominous hint of supernatural forces that mean no good, makes most popular vampire romances look anemic.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    If the premise is somewhat forced, it sets up a situation with enough comic potential to sustain Hot in Cleveland indefinitely.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    TNT's new Memphis Beat has a great soundtrack and a pretty good cop drama in between.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    If you enjoy following complex machinations, however, and enjoy watching smart TV characters try to figure them out, Rubicon is your ticket.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    This requires commitment, it requires paying attention and it has few cartoonish interludes to give the audience a breather. It also reminds us the value and satisfaction we can find in a complex production executed well.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    "Fun" hasn't been a big part of her job description, but she may have found some of it here.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It all adds up to a dizzying series of cross-plots and so many brief and often odd alliances that some viewers may wonder if they've wandered into "Survivor." On the positive side, it's all done with standard Glee fun, the tongue never far from the cheek, and it's punctuated with upbeat musical numbers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Spy dramas sometimes get too enamored of their own twists, subplots and dark details, but this one never becomes impenetrable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    So they mirror the plight of way too many Americans today, and while that isn't good news for the unemployed, it does give this Apprentice a bit more edge.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The best new cop drama of a TV season that has more police than a presidential motorcade. Blue Bloods doesn't have the best time slot on TV, but it's got some of the strongest characters and performances.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The game has always been better and more joyous than many of the people who played it. "The Tenth Inning," like its predecessor, makes that point as cleanly as a line-drive single to left-center.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Tuesday night by plunging its characters deeper into a web of crisscrossing dramas that suggest the law and politics ultimately come down to soap operas. Whether it's true or not, The Good Wife makes the theory entertaining to explore.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    A viewer who knew nothing of the earlier incarnations could come to this one and find it immediately engaging, like a good modern police buddy-team drama.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The new guest cast is uniformly solid....The whole show is now on its own for the first time, since the previous two seasons were adapted from an Israeli series. That series ran for only two years, so this new In Treatment will have to work from scratch. What it has scratched out so far is impressive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The show still occasionally talks about this stuff more than real-life guys probably would. But mostly it lets the action speak for itself. Men of a Certain Age is aging well.

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