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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bill Gallo's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Chicago
Lowest review score: 10 Drop Dead Gorgeous
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 249
249 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Jack's odyssey, despite some clunky writing and predictable first-movie missteps, gives off a flavor and a flair that stick with you.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    In his observant, swiftly paced Stardom, Arcand does it all with relentless wit, high style, and a suggestion of tragedy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Its loose-limbed sweetness and gruff irreverence are just right.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Exceptionally smart and charming.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Has plenty of dark horror style, but it lacks the weird charm of the 1971 original starring Bruce Davison...It's a nice homage.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    The horrors therein are vivid, even if the movie is a bit plodding.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    We do glimpse the dynamic interplay between rising comedian Eddie Griffin's hilarious obsessions and the loving, screwed-up people who made him what he is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Happily, this irreverent, sharply observant comedy sweeps us into the maelstrom too. Amid the glut of teen movies rolling out of the studios every week, Election deserves special attention.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    In Mary Katherine Gallagher's dogged perseverance, it's easy to find not only cheap laughs but real soul. In her way, she's a saint.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    This first generation of Native American movie directors has already managed to make great strides: While prodding the collective conscience of the U.S. mainstream with their disturbing views of the reservation, they have also opened the door to a vibrant spirit world unknown to all but a few.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    This pitch-perfect, richly detailed portrait of raw greed works very well.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    A former yeshiva student himself, Gorlin turns this tale of political intrigue and the search for divinity into an act of liberation -- if not outright defiance.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    This is low-rent summer fun, exuberantly mounted, so leave your IQ in the glove compartment.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    The movie is more a loose collection of skits than a coherent whole. But then, it's never coherence we're looking for when Atkinson's exhausting imagination is cut loose from its fetters. The weird bonus here is John Malkovich's over-the-top performance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Its substance and high ambitions, salted with humor, make for a rewarding two hours in the dark.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Scrupulously accurate, sometimes-tedious account of Stephen Glass' malfeasance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Arcand loyalists are bound to miss Rémy, but at least he goes out in style. Even the antagonists will have to admit that.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Even in Las Vegas, which is possibly the most irrational place on earth, drama demands a bit of dramatic logic. Romantic fairy tales just don't play well on The Strip, despite its fake Eiffel Towers, bogus Italian palazzos and strike-it-rich fantasies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Broken Wings' great strength is that it doesn't overreach. These characters undergo no enormous sea changes, no crazy upheavals. Instead, they find themselves trying to roll with the punches--trying to maintain and survive.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    A mood-switching meditation on love and death that goes out of its way to yank our chains.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    The young actors, all first-timers chosen in auditions in Puglia and Basilicata, are completely natural.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Indeed, in this era of muckraking left-wing documentaries, The Inheritance offers a more fascinating fictionalized look at what cut-throat capitalism can do to conscience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Stacy Peralta may think otherwise, but this 101-minute homage to the heroes of surfing is nothing if not a monument to their self-absorption--and to his own. That's probably inevitable.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    This special-effects-crammed action blockbuster is not rocket science. It's more like rocket fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Arteta and White manage to bring off both the comedy and the tenderness in this tale of a jilted friend who sticks to his passions like chewing gum on a shoe.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    This is a grim and sometimes guilt-ridden examination of the Third Reich in collapse. But it's also weirdly sympathetic, and not just to the peripheral figures in Hitler's twisted world.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    So, if you want to see this loud but rather ordinary epic, don't expect its tricked-up cultural and theological messages to carry much water. For entertainment value, it's hard to beat the climactic siege of Jerusalem, a Ridley Scott-perfect half-hour that matches anything in "Troy" or "Gladiator" for sheer, bloody, helmet-bashing mayhem.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    By the end, you may be exhausted by the effort of trying to unravel the thing, but you may also be taken by the power of its spell. This is a movie that compels you to watch.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Here is "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" inflated to lethal proportion, or "The War of the Roses" reimagined as World War III.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Combining the tragic and the comic, this drama is amateurish in places, but it's a triumph of atmosphere (the makers are both North Carolinians) and the acting is first-rate.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Connoisseurs of horror are bound to play favorites here (this amateur votes for Box), but there's one more thing that connects these three films--the brilliant cinematography of Christopher Doyle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    You might feel constrained when it comes to a standing ovation, but there's certainly enough substance and yuk here to go along for the ride.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    As American history, Glory Road is by turns inspirational and thrilling. But, in keeping with Hollywood's gift for exaggeration, a couple of things about it are completely bogus.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Eight Below splits into two movies--the compelling tale of the dogs' struggle to pull together and survive and the much less interesting one about Jerry Shepard's emotional trauma and his search for redemption.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Analyze This won't win any Oscars, and its comedy is pretty tortured in places, but the pleasures of watching DeNiro onscreen never diminish--not even when he's putting the glories of his criminal past at risk.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Constantly touching, surprisingly funny, semi-surrealist exploration of the creative act.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Paul Cox's admirers are sure to embrace this latest eruption of sincerity and sensitivity.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    These wonderfully adept actresses take so much pleasure in playing long-faded Southern belles, in mixing the genteel and the bawdy as they conduct their extended therapy session, that it will be difficult for even the most hardened Yankee curmudgeon to resist them.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Despite a couple of low-budget, rookie-director rough spots, this fascinating look at Israel in ferment feels as immediate as the latest news footage from Gaza and, because of its heightened, well-shaped dramas, twice as powerful.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Shot in the mean streets of a great and compelling city, here's a fascinating vision of societal upheaval that would likely awe De Sica himself.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    We expect some depth and perspective from filmmakers, but even in talking about the movie Peralta sounds like an ex-high school quarterback who never got over the Big Game, or an old campus revolutionary who's never glimpsed the folly that went along with the fervor.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Hardball is not as bad as it sounds, and at its best it's charming.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Whatever Dark Blue World lacks in pyrotechnics it makes up for with richly drawn characters, high drama and pointed historical ironies.
    • 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.

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