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 Deterrence
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 249
249 movie reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    An authentic and thrilling glimpse into Inuit culture and tradition.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    The whole thing is absolutely beautiful to look at, even when it has a bad case of the cutes.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    In elevating bawdy teen farce to political metaphor without squeezing the fun out, Alfonso Cuarón has pulled off a nice little miracle.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    The unfettered comedy of life bubbling up from the Spanish unconscious continues to be proudly liberationist, gloriously extreme, and achingly human.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    A beautifully acted, carefully written meditation on one woman's grief, the enigma of imagination, the persistence of desire and -- let's face it -- the power of denial.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    There are no hearts and flowers in Loach's hard-edged world, no kindly interventions, no signs from heaven. Instead, he gives us the unvarnished facts about working-class exploitation and the failure of ambition in low places.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    In this modest but brilliant little movie, we find ourselves immersed in life itself.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Touching, frequently hilarious.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Unsettling, morally complex and timely view of American power abroad. Many will find it courageous and some, no doubt, will absolutely revile it, but no one is likely to look away from the screen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    This is provocative stuff--and not just for its searing indictment of Brazilian society.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Not just great fun but high art.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    It takes an especially fine-tuned director and an inventive actor to cut as close to the bone as Spider does.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    The horrors therein are vivid, even if the movie is a bit plodding.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    A thoroughly professional, frequently spectacular piece of muckraking.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    One of Void's great strengths is that it doesn't say much about "voids." It simply shows us, in incredibly vivid detail, heart-stopping danger and the raw will to survive.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Exceptionally smart and charming.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    If you're shopping for neatly tied bundles of plot and the rigid arcs of "character development" common to mainstream movies, look elsewhere. Whether he's playing on the road or at home, Jarmusch always throws a lot of off-speed stuff, and that's his glory.
    • 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.

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