David Hinckley

David Hinckley
David Hinckley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Daily News

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
73% Prayers for Bobby (2009) The problem here lies with wrapping that message inside a movie that has so little nuance it plays like a public service announcement. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
No Score Yet Teen Beach 2 (2013) In the end, Teen Beach Movie owes more to its 1960s predecessors than its audience might realize, painting the same fantasy world where everyone is nice. No real-life people actually live there. But it's a cool getaway. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
45% Camp Rock (2008) This is Cinderella or Snow White in contemporary casual with a Z-100 beat. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
90% Descendants (2015) Thanks to winning performances by [Dove] Cameron, [Kristin]Chenoweth and others, it's a flick the family can sit down and enjoy. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Jim Jefferies: I Swear to God (2009) I Swear to God is niche humor, aimed at young guys. But the young guy doing it shows us he's good enough so if he ever wants to branch out, he can. Maybe someday he'll make a swell curmudgeon. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
No Score Yet Whitney Cummings: I Love You (2014) Whitney Cummings returns to the world of standup with this Comedy Central special, and it's good to have her back. The hourlong set feels a little uneven, with some hilarious passages and a few lulls. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
86% Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me (2009) [Wanda Sykes] isn't afraid and is funny. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
20% Dana Carvey - Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies (2008) Since Carvey built much of his "Saturday Night Live" reputation on imitations of political personalities, he finds a way here to mash a half-dozen of them together... It's comedically okay, but it feels like nostalgia humor. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
100% Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed (2014) Funny thing is, that's true, and Gaffigan proves it with a fast-moving hour of standup that you don't have to mute if the kids or Grandma walk into the room. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
100% Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way (2014) It's not an all-ages comedy special. It will entertain the grownups. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
71% Birdsong (2012) Birdsong burrows down into the individual stories and dreams that die on these killing fields, and in that sense it is terribly sad. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
87% Grey Gardens (2009) No matter how many times we revisit the story and peek in the windows, there really isn't much we can do except shake our heads and acknowledge that some people either don't get very good cards or don't play them very well. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
74% Too Big to Fail (2011) Whether you agree or disagree, the film sorts out a complex situation in simple and human terms. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
77% Recount (2008) The tension that swirled around thousands of disputed Florida ballots after the November 2000 election was almost Shakespearean... Recount effectively dramatizes that struggle. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
96% Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) Little of this is new information. But when even the 1968 comeback is 50 years in the past, a solid refresher course, that frames Elvis's legacy in a respectful and truthful way, borders on being essential. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
98% Dolores (2017) It's a story that should be told, and the fact it's being told while Huerta is still among us makes it all the more satisfying. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
No Score Yet Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death (2017) Into the Night isn't a program everyone's going to want to watch. It's valuable anyway, because this is a game in which everyone's number will eventually be called. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
91% Arthur Miller: Writer (2018) Whatever the nuances of the man, some of which are seen here in ways they will not be seen elsewhere, that's not a bad call. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
62% Take Your Pills (2018) Valuable television isn't always fun television. Or easy television. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
98% Jane (2017) ... the visuals themselves are nothing short of brilliant. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
No Score Yet Maigret Sets a Trap (2016) Atkinson himself does Maigret well enough so that a newcomer might be surprised to know he does comedy, too. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
100% Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (2017) ... [Director Stanley Nelson] makes a compelling case that whatever the flaws and however uncertain the future of many HBCUs, they have taken America further down the right road. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
69% Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (2017) 12 Bars, with the apparent full consent of its subject, gives us a man with feet of clay. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
100% Atomic Homefront (2017) Atomic Homefront comes to this story, unapologetically, from the conviction that government agencies on all levels, run by both parties, are trying to dance away from an increasingly clear responsibility... - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
90% Marjorie Prime (2017) ... Marjorie Prime underscores the common threads in all human lives, including the insecurity, the frustration, the everyday pleasures and the inexorable passage of time. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) I Am Not Your Negro doesn't slam the door on the possibility of America ever getting it right. It does relay, powerfully, Baldwin's admonition that anyone who thinks we're close has not been following the race. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
88% David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017) Produced and directed by Francis Whately, this loving and reverential doc focuses on Bowie's impressive artistic output from 2011 until he died on Jan. 10, 2016. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
100% Psych: The Movie (2017) Roday and Hill step back into their respective shoes without missing a step. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
100% 32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide (2017) 32 Pills is a love story of another sort, wherein memories of pleasure will always be infused with regret and pain. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
83% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) Jeremiah Tower has already left his mark on the world... - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
92% Spielberg (2017) ... [Director Susan] Lacy's complimentary portrait makes it clear that this slightly neurotic kid from the postwar suburbs had a gift that he never wasted. - TV Worth Watching EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
67% Descendants 2 (2017) The Descendants' parents should be proud. - Huffington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) For a story focusing on Whitney Houston the artist, fans will have to look elsewhere - perhaps to a rival family-endorsed documentary now in production. - Huffington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 89% Bessie (2015) Bessie Smith, who earned the title "Empress of the Blues" back in the 1920s, remains a voice that should be heard today. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
1/5 20% The Unauthorized Full House Story (2015) Not long after you start watching The Unauthorized Full House Story, you might think , "Well, at least the dialogue can't get any worse." You'd be wrong. It can and it does. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church (2019) Hendrix performances aren't exactly rare. There must be a hundred albums of concerts and studio outtakes. That doesn't make this set any less powerful, and it has the added poignance of being his last major show before his death just 10 weeks later. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Katrina 10 Years Later: Through Hell in High Water (2015) It has an unnecessarily and distractingly melodramatic narration, but as a study of nature's destruction and man's challenge in responding, it's not to be missed. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2015
4/5 91% Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013) A new documentary on the late trash-talking TV host Morton Downey Jr. suggests he might have been putting one over on both the world and himself. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 71% Web Junkie (2014) The campers, of course, hate it, and many seem to suggest it becomes basically another game to them. Figure it out, get released, go back to the computer. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2015
3/5 100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) Set against our current flurry of stories on police/community tension, The Grim Sleeper suggests we could use a wakeup call. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
3/5 47% Whitney (2015) So "Whitney" is an odd mix. The love feels real, and you begrudge them none of it. Yet the problems are just as real, and it's hard to see what could have averted them. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/5 89% Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (2014) Every little once in a while, a television special reminds us that the Christmas spirit can make the impossible come true. In Elf, for example, the goofiest guy on the planet gets kissed by a beautiful blond. Now that's what I'm talking about. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2014
2/5 56% Peter Pan Live! (2014) If a new generation of young folks stuck around to get enchanted Thursday, that's great. Too often, we just weren't feeling the pixie dust. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
3/5 100% Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014) The spirit remains true, and this is a nice add-on to the movies, with the familiar subtext that the cool effects in video games are no substitute for a kid's own imagination. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2014
3/5 50% Big Driver (2014) A few horror-story cliches seep in, but with Bello playing a character who is strikingly unglamorous and at times not even sympathetic, Big Driver should deliver for its audience. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
2/5 50% Deliverance Creek (2014) Let's hope it gets less murky. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2014
2/5 10% The Longest Week (2014) Writer-director Peter Glanz seems determined to make a subpar Wes Anderson knockoff. And in that sense, he has achieved undeniable success. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2014
4/5 94% The Normal Heart (2014) This reincarnation of The Normal Heart raises all the right disturbing questions. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2014
3/5 96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013) There's nothing unlikable about the Plimpton we meet here, and his self-deprecation about his experiences feels endearing. It just leaves us wondering whether he also had some ambivalence of his own. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2014
4/5 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) Hall's backstory, riddled with tragedy, gets the proper attention and respect here. But it's the music that won't let you stop watching. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2014