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 5.2 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 Drop Dead Gorgeous
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 249
249 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Gallo
    For all its long shadows and ominous atmosphere, this is a very funny movie -- as funny as the Coens' masterful "Fargo."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Gallo
    Weaving many interconnected plot lines and more than a dozen lives together, this gifted writer-director has fashioned a bleak, brilliant comedy about loneliness, lovelessness, and alienation--a film that constantly upends our assumptions about what is heartbreaking, what is hilarious, and what is both.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Gallo
    The result is a vivid anthropological document suffused with plenty of emotion and a touch of ancient magic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Gallo
    It gracefully defies the usual categories, gets under your skin in ways you cannot anticipate, then works its way straight toward the heart. It's far and away the bravest and best movie of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Gallo
    The singing and dancing in this Chicago are uniformly splendid, right down to Gere's tap dancing. The high wit and dark eroticism Marshall brings to the famous "Cell Block Tango" number are matchless.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    If, in its groundbreaking assault on the mythology of the American West, Brokeback Mountain gets a lot of people into a furious lather, so be it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Baby may not be quite as compelling as Mystic River or Unforgiven, but there's something so stirring, and disquieting, too, in his quest that we cannot help but pay close attention to him. In the middle of his long career's third act, he's still searching for the secrets in things with striking resolve. You certainly can't ask more than that of any 75-year-old ex-gunslinger.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    A thoroughly professional, frequently spectacular piece of muckraking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Not just great fun but high art.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Happily, North Country is not all social-realist grit or straight sermonizing. Not only is Theron achingly real, the fine supporting performances here lend even more dramatic reach and human scale.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    The result is a lovely piece of writing brought to life by a terrific cast, a vivid sense of place and, not incidentally, some perfectly chosen pop tunes by such as Bree Sharp, Leona Naess, Smog and Tin Star. As for Lauren Ambrose, her big-screen debut is a revelation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    This lovely movie, simply and beautifully shot in Brazil's northeastern countryside by cinematographer Breno Silveira, is satisfying from start to finish.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    For better or worse, the filmmaker says nothing directly political about the cruel fate suffered by her people, but the dark poetry of her allusions is powerful.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Impeccably acted by a fine ensemble cast, it's a sheer pleasure to behold.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    It's difficult to imagine a more eloquent tribute.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Wise and surprisingly witty, the film is a minor masterpiece and could serve as a fitting companion piece to America's "In the Bedroom," another superb film about the torments of bereavement.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Beautifully observed, miraculously unsentimental comedy-drama.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Davies has nailed Wharton's bitter satire of the flights and follies of New York society in the Gilded Age, and leading lady Gillian Anderson shows dazzling range in her portrayal of the book's doomed heroine.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Despite a little rough stuff here and there, this is one of the more insightful and affecting teen-trauma films of recent years.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    This is anything but pleasant stuff, but it's a must-see for anyone interested in men and women, fathers and sons, and the kind of murder mystery in which the real casualty is the human soul.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Waking Ned Devine works up enough feel-good momentum that in the end it's irresistible.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    This uncommonly clever, surprisingly poignant fairy tale packs a social wallop that we're not quite prepared for.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    The bittersweet charm of this extraordinary film is trumped only by its wisdom. Without resorting to schmaltz or sticky pathos, director Vladimír Michálek (a child of 49) fashions an allegory about aging, friendship and love that equals (and often surpasses) the best American movies on those tricky subjects, from "Cocoon" to "On Golden Pond."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    By the time Sprecher's skeins, set forth in 13 related episodes, come together, we've got as clear a view of the big picture as we got assembling the elements of "Nashville," "Lantana" or "Magnolia".
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    In short, Just Say Yes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    An ideal film for movie buffs, who are bound to delight in each new misfortune even as they sympathize with the documentarians' sometimes inflated vision of a tortured genius at work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Money Can't Buy You Happiness. It hasn't been this vividly re-examined in decades, and we're the richer for it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    As is common in a Frankenheimer picture, the plot lines get a bit tangled in Ronin, but the atmosphere is tense, the style impeccable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Lawrence constructs a vivid pastiche of human foibles, nicely flavored with a touch of suspense and some well-timed jolts of humor. In the end it's a terrifically entertaining film, if not quite so profound as the makers might wish.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Not just another lawyer movie, but rather one of the most striking dramas of the year.