David Hinckley

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For 1,309 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hinckley's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Aliens in America: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 How to Get the Guy: Season 1
Score distribution:
1309 tv reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 David Hinckley
    Some of the mystical stuff in The Defenders remains just that: mystical. But after a couple of episodes, and a couple of fights that resemble high-tech barroom brawls, viewers will get the rhythm of the story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Hinckley
    Gleeson does a first-rate job with a character we’ve seen before, the tormented cop who plunges into a battle where he’s seemingly outflanked and outgunned. Treadaway is suitably troubling as a kid who represses such waves of rage and frustration that we don’t doubt it could explode somewhere. That the causes of his rage play as clichés doesn’t make him less menacing, though it makes the larger story less than subtle. Call it a solid campfire yarn.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 David Hinckley
    Thought-provoking and melancholy, like all good F. Scott Fitzgerald stories, The Last Tycoon delivers a good summer watch. ... All this said, The Last Tycoon has taken some critical heat, and not without cause. It has several unsparkling passages and weak spots.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    It feels less bold than familiar, and thus, in its own way, perhaps too quickly comfortable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The Defiant Ones sends you away admiring the two guys who made the big score.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    It’s not a dealbreaker of an idea to take a famous historical figure and put him or her into a world that makes his or her life more relatable to young folks who come along several centuries later. It works better, though, if the modern trappings flavor the historic character, rather than the other way around.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Happily, in spite of the plot labyrinth that any conspiracy theory naturally creates, Salvation keeps its story understandable and makes us keep wanting to know what happens next.
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    • 80 David Hinckley
    Power has turned into a stronger show as it’s gone along because it knows how to accelerate the action and keep the characters compelling without taking the seductive path of becoming a lavish soap. ... Besides Sikura, Naughton and Loren also shine in the opener.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 David Hinckley
    GLOW is not to be confused with a lecture on sociology and female empowerment in the workplace. It’s sprinkled with soap and isn’t above focusing on some of those body parts itself. But even if professional wrestling bores you to tears, GLOW spins some stories that ring true.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 David Hinckley
    Created by John Singleton with Eric Amadio and Dave Andron, Snowfall is a good-looking production. It gets its music from turntables and boomboxes and it reminds us that South Central Los Angeles, for all its notoriety, has a lot of tree-lined streets and perfectly decent houses with front yards. It also reminds us that crack cocaine was not so much a brand new problem as the consequence of several larger and longer-simmering problems.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Hinckley
    Calling Blood Drive a rom-com would be stretching things, but it is refreshing to see that love can still bloom in a world where, if you softly whispered, “I would die for you,” most of the population would take you up on the offer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The good news is that it can be better understood even by raw rookies. More to the point, it’s worth the effort, because Tatiana Maslany gives one of the finest performances on contemporary television.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s amusing at times, provocative at times, because I Love Dick often explores the practice of contemporary navel-gazing by satirizing it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    The series doesn’t go too deeply into several issues raised about Playboy over the years, like exploitation, objectification, and elitism. Instead, when it comes to controversy, American Playboy seems to focus primarily on the accusation that because it flaunted naked women, Playboy was obscene.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 David Hinckley
    It’s hard to assess much of the acting here because most of the actors are confined by a script that swings between harsh judgments and moments of deep sentimentality that almost feel as if they were included to be compensatory.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    There’s still plenty of humor, always bending toward the absurd, and Archer’s time travel has not stripped him of his signature phrases, attitude or fondness for bourbon and wordplay.
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    • 80 David Hinckley
    Even more in the second season than the first, Home Fires is an ensemble piece. ... It’s precisely this approach, telling lots of little stories whose war connections differ widely, that gives Home Fires a ring of truth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    There’s a fair amount of darkness in this story, because the lives it chronicles were not easy. There’s also a fair amount of humor. Mostly there’s admiration for three women who in a very short time accomplished things their world saw no reason to think they could.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Hap and Leonard is also a case where six episodes feels just about right. There’s time to have fun, meet some people, tell a story and leave while everyone’s still enjoying the party. As they should.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s not feel-good television. In the first two seasons it was very good television, and the third season has the elements to become just as compelling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    It’s not quick or easy to watch. It’s also not easy to forget.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    When We Rise doesn’t pick up a story at its beginning and doesn’t leave a story with an ending. What it delivers is a game-changing saga from the middle.
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    • 70 David Hinckley
    Blacklist: Redemption is a sturdy show built on a smart premise.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Full of fast-paced banter and pop culture lines, Riverdale starts this road trip as a fine ride.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Hinckley
    One of the best shows on television. Just as long as you realize it has moments that will make you feel really really sad.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Sad as the coda to Bright Lights became, it’s a story with a whole lot of heart.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    Stylish, charming and thoroughly engaging.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    The best reason to watch, however, is the music and the group’s on-stage performance. Whether or not you were a boy band fan in the 1980s, this is top-quality stuff.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Hinckley
    While Ricci and Hoflin play well together, the intensity of that primal force, particularly from Scott’s side, doesn’t always come across. He needs a simmering intensity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Hinckley
    There are few soft landings in Christie stories, and in Witness for the Prosecution several are exceptionally hard. The whole shadowy, troubling tale also feels more powerful because the cast plays it at a deliberate, ominous pace.

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