For 187 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bill Gallo's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Story of the Weeping Camel
Lowest review score: 10 Deterrence
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 187
187 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Maugham's signature wit and tragic colorations are well served by director Istvan Szabo (Mephisto) and screenwriter Ronald Harwood (The Dresser).
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    The plot's a trifle, but so what. Director Lynn (My Cousin Vinny) stages a series of seamless, ebullient show-stoppers that encompass every musical style from gospel and soul to contemporary R&B and hip-hop, and the choreography ranks with anything you'll find on Broadway.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    This full-tilt visual and aural bombardment is simply a lot of fun. It never lets up. Nor does it ever want to.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    If you're in the mood for a quiet, beautifully acted little drama, liberally spiked with comedy, about the universal desires of the human heart, this may be the obscure gem you're looking for.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Thanks to Spielberg's vivid storytelling and Hanks' matchless gift for bringing the common man to life, this is a relentlessly charming movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    The whole thing is absolutely beautiful to look at, even when it has a bad case of the cutes.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Full of intellectual stimulation as well as low, dark pleasures--"Carnal Knowledge" redux!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Exceptionally smart and charming.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Its loose-limbed sweetness and gruff irreverence are just right.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    This pitch-perfect, richly detailed portrait of raw greed works very well.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Flecked with delicious malice, and the kids, especially newcomer Coughlin, performs with verve and high energy.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    As a musical feast, Groove works well. As a celebration of tribal ritual, it's even better.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Scrupulously accurate, sometimes-tedious account of Stephen Glass' malfeasance.
    • 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.