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 5.4 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
    • 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.
    • 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
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    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.