For 249 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bill Gallo's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Man Who Wasn't There
Lowest review score: 10 Deterrence
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 249
249 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Despite his natty wardrobe and calculated sangfroid, Penn doesn't summon up quite the right image.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Surprisingly tender and resolutely unpostmodern.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Whatever else is weak or indulgent in this fledgling effort -- self-consciousness and a certain grim solemnity come to mind -- it has the jolt of truth about it, like a lot of thinly veiled fiction.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    For Caan's shtick alone, The Yards is worthwhile, but we may also be witnessing the emergence, in Gray, of a young filmmaker who's just starting to find the range.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    A reasonably entertaining -- and occasionally very moving -- picture.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    An engaging preapocalyptic fantasy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    This sweet-tempered retelling of "Romeo and Juliet," which substitutes uplift for tragedy, gives off enough energy and light that the audience wants to believe in it even if society's impacted prejudices continue to say otherwise.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    This unstinting look at growing up in the 1990s never pulls its punches. Bridging the angst of Generation X and the uncertainties of Generation Y, Chick reveals the romantic traumas, career screwups and self-absorbed fantasies of a group of eastern college grads.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    A thoroughly unremarkable police action movie starring the magnetic Samuel L. Jackson.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    The problem here lies not in the abundance of blood--we've seen that before--but in the film's pounding insistence, which prevails for all two hours and 40 minutes, that we also absorb a rather thin and unreliable history lesson.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Some Marvel fans and die-hard devotees of Lou Ferrigno, the bodybuilder who played The Hulk on television (and who does a brief walk-on here), may find Ang Lee's whole enterprise grandiose and, given its not-always-successful attempt to fuse brains and brawn, a little bit silly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    This is a deeply disturbing (if not very satisfying) view of what happened at Columbine and in other school shootings.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    AKA
    Alternately fascinating and distracting.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    There are many winning moments here, but director Nigel Cole (Saving Grace) sometimes imparts to the thing a terrible case of the cutes and an overeagerness to please.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Hamburg's smartypants banter is a bit spotty, but the bathroom humor, of all things, hits the mark, and Stiller's trademark wide-eyed bafflement wins the day again.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Homer would be hard-pressed to find any remaining shred of "The Iliad" in this over-the-top entertainment. It has a lot of loud passion but not much poetry, and that's appropriate for a movie that could well be subtitled My Big Fat Greek Bloodletting.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    The film is amateurish in places, but fascinating: Bring your eager hypothalamus and your tuned-up frontal lobes with you. They'll get a workout.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    This resolutely old-fashioned movie is less a drama of the streets than a kind of recruiting film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    For now, it might be best to acknowledge this as an impressive debut and wait for the grown-up stuff to come.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Happily, the director and writer Andrea Gibb treat little Frankie with as much dramatic respect as the grown-up characters, and he saves the movie from killing sweetness.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    The result is a kind of quirky, high-toned soap opera.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    If the Navy is looking for splashy recruiting tools, it could do worse than Stealth, a zillion-dollar action movie stuffed with futuristic jet fighters, glamorous carrier pilots and an overload of explosive, mostly digital derring-do.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Little Ralph comes off like "Billy Elliot" on steroids. Still, this an energetic movie that can be truly hilarious in spots, and it captures perfectly the oppressive atmosphere of a Catholic boys' school in the ’50s.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Instead of slick heroism, the saving grace of The Matador (which was obviously made on something less than a blockbuster budget) lies in the comic interplay between Brosnan's ignoble Mr. Noble and the hapless square he picks to serve his purposes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Carrey's brand of exhausting physical comedy is a far cry from Segal's useful bewilderment, so this ride is both rougher and loonier.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Atkins has trouble keeping the tension high and the jokes rolling. Halfway through he begins tripping over the noir genre's dark rules, and in the end he veers off into a haze of romantic redemption that Billy Wilder and Nicholas Ray would have scoffed at.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Ali
    Muhammad Ali's spirit, his life force, is not quite present here, despite Smith's astonishing mimicry and Mann's considerable perspiration.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Picture the dopes from "Dumb and Dumber" getting mixed up in organized crime -- but without benefit of Jim Carrey's rubberized pratfalls or his go-to-hell anarchism.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    In the end, it demonstrates all over again the virtual impossibility of doing Nabokov justice on film, because his work is so resolutely and brilliantly made of words.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Not a film for everyone, but if you're in the mood for a little sensory overload, some spirited intellectual gymnastics and an introduction to the most intriguing new actress Europe has produced in years, get in line with the rest of the thrill-seekers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    A teen-anxiety movie that leaves no doubt where it stands on "family values" and moral absolutes: It approves. The shock troops of the Cinema Without Limits army are unlikely to buy many tickets, but those who do will probably see the thing as sanctimonious pabulum -- even for its target audience of adolescents.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    Carrey and the Farrellys are equal-opportunity offenders.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    In the end, Stevie is a relentlessly messy, sometimes trying picture of family dysfunction, official neglect and personal tragedy, a disturbing redneck soap opera about real people and real consequences in which the protagonist--like the filmmaker--often proves to be as unlikable as he is sympathetic.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    The cast has plenty of room to emote, but their task feels a bit empty and thankless. For the most part, they're carrying the director's water.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    More well-meant than well-made, the movie is ethnically accurate (sometimes, you smother in the marinara), but its forced sensitivity can get abrasive, and the drama is full of false notes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    Competently if unremarkably directed by Englishwoman Clare Kilner, should prove compelling enough to Moore's huge legion of fans.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    The flashy sensationalism of The Sixth Sense -- maybe the best thing about it -- is at war with its desire for contemplation.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    In this beautifully devious, exceptionally well-made entertainment, Mr. John Frankenheimer does it all, and more, with the assurance of an old master.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    If, having seen "Jackass" half a dozen times, you now yearn to watch a pair of identical twins from Texas Tech cavort in the wet T-shirt contest or hear mobs of drunken undergraduates screaming for more margaritas, here's your flick.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    There's so much EFFORT here to convince us of the switcheroo (already one of Hollywood's oldest ploys) that we soon weary of it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    The dumbed-down movie version of Frances Mayes' best-selling travel memoir Under the Tuscan Sun is a virtual case study of Hollywood's irrepressible urge to lower the bar in the hopes of upping the take.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    This is a Tom Cruise vehicle, pure and simple, and that means it's destined to be the biggest chunk of guilty white-boy wish fulfillment since Kevin Costner got down with the Sioux in "Dances With Wolves." In fact, the parallels are all but plagiaristic.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    The low-wattage thrills, lukewarm jokes and unconvincing caricatures we encounter in The Big Bounce simply don't generate that kind of excitement.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    Yet another version of the conscience-stricken white soldier Kevin Costner played in "Dances With Wolves" and the Indian killer-turned-noble warrior Tom Cruise gave us in "The Last Samurai."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    What a shame to squander the dramatic riches of Jones's life on third-rate caricature and paint-by-numbers storytelling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    Suffice it to say that Cruise never seems right in this part--never as treacherous as he should be, nor as mysteriously tortured. Foxx has his moments, but there's no room for his trademark humor, and we can never quite get our minds around the idea that the hit man has beguiled the cabbie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    This plodding mediocrity displays none of the flair or the compelling trickery that enlivened its 2002 prototype.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    The whole thing has a dour resolve that undermines its attempts at humor.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    Director Thomas Carter (no relation to Ken) relies on processed emotion and stock characters, and not even the inevitable Big Game excites us very much.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    You'd better be in the mood for a blitz of bumper-sticker philosophy, a major machismo transfusion and 94 minutes' worth of mind-numbing repetition, complete with a musical score seemingly lifted from reality TV.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    As another exposé of stubbornness, petty opportunism, and greed, there's some residual value in the story of two unappealing characters.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    Yes
    Shades of "House of Sand and Fog," without the compelling drama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    As usual, Hollywood hitmeister Bay is more interested in blowing stuff up than in addressing deep questions like the morality of science and the false myths of civilization, and these explosions go on for over two hours.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    The movie's not great, but Mom might like it.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    If you love Kawasakis, Hondas, and Yamahas, and don't mind tin-eared writing, get down to the multiplex.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    It's a workmanlike adventure yarn, intermittently reverent to the canon but not very inspired, and it must be said that Banderas is starting to show signs of wear.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    Villain? Great. Verdict? Average.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    The World's Fastest Indian is not likely to be regarded as some kind of masterpiece--far from it--but Hopkins once more keeps our ears open and our eyes fixed on the screen.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    This romantic tragedy has the measured gentility of the M.I. classics, but its sheen of crass melodrama is startling, and its many metaphors run amok in a tangle.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    In the end, the filmmakers strike a bad bargain between action and myth: In their obvious attempt to shoo everyone into the tent--romantic and roughneck alike--they don't serve either end of the spectrum very well.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    An occasionally amusing but wrongheaded remake that arrives more than four decades after the original blazed across the screen.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    By all accounts, Marsh has absorbed classic crazy-killer thrillers like "Psycho," "The Night of the Hunter" and "Badlands," but The King isn't likely to join such esteemed company.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    Damon looks like a kid lost in the wrong neighborhood, and his acting manners underscore that impression--everything is a bit too fine, too neat...An intermittently interesting, intermittently foolish film.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    Here's a fervent, G-rated version of contemporary life in which the divine overcomes the earthly and miracles are commonplace. It's aimed squarely at the emerging Christian market.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    Parents wishing to protect their beloved daughters from cliché overload might do well to withhold the old allowance money for a couple of weeks -- until the inevitable bout of Mandymoviemania subsides.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    Vertical Limit represents another kind of propaganda--namely the current Hollywood notion that the bigger and louder and longer a movie is, the more people will want to see it, even if that means getting numbed before your popcorn's cold.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    Comes straight out of the Forrest Gump School of Interpersonal Magic, and that's not necessarily a good thing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    Unfortunately, Bullock and Affleck don't strike many sparks or produce many yuks…they're not exactly built for comedy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    This badly muddled adaptation of a complex novel chases after Guterson's many skeins and themes with no unifying principle in mind.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    Emperor gives off a distinctly musty odor -- not least because Kline's character.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    The cumulative effect of the movie's many Kodak moments and stretches of greeting-card sentiment is that they kill us with kindness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    Overloaded with oddities but a bit short on horse sense, this is one of those stubbornly defiant, attitude-driven movies that's so busy scrambling genres, breaking rules, and dashing expectations on the road to becoming art that it slips off into the ditch.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    Along with his tedious array of tricks and twists, Parkhill stuffs the film with enough dizzying flashbacks, camera jitters and rock-and-roll editing techniques to drive a 14-year-old MTV addict nuts.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    Cox, bespectacled and deglamorized here, shows some acting ability, but by the time you get through this 78-minute bag of tricks, you could be suffering from a case of perceptual overload.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    Mangold gets stuck in the gooey sweet spots of his tale a little more often than he breaks loose with a bracing jolt of perversity.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    Like hundreds of doomed movie protagonists before him, the hero of Life as a House doesn't have long to live. By the second reel, you may find yourself wishing his time on the planet was even shorter.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    There is more anxiety than loving humor in the proceedings, and a noticeable lack of charm.
    • New Times (L.A.)

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