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 American Beauty
Lowest review score: 10 Deterrence
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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Karen Moncrieff makes an extraordinary debut as a feature film writer and director with this observant drama about a budding teenage poet who, amid many traumas, finds the courage to become herself and set out as an artist.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    In this modest but brilliant little movie, we find ourselves immersed in life itself.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    An authentic and thrilling glimpse into Inuit culture and tradition.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    In the end, what Minghella has wrought is a nearly perfect drama of love and war (still the great subjects, after all), an epic that's fluent, frightening and beautiful all at once, that lifts the heart and dashes our dreams in about equal measure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    A fluent, intelligent piece of work whose sex and violence are anything but gratuitous, and exactly the kind of highly personal, no-holds-barred vision of life on the ragged edge that independents always aspire to but rarely have the goods to achieve.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    So thoughtful and provocative that we cannot help but become engrossed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    A fascinating, frequently hilarious meditation on delusion, self-loathing and personal salesmanship
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    In the end, leaves you feeling both violated and startlingly informed, as if a mugger had whacked you in a dark alley.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    A fascinating, highly literate film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    A beautifully acted, graceful, and intelligent film that usefully dramatizes the gulf between Fortress Bush and the relativist politics of Western Europe.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Generous in spirit and fearlessly observant, this tale of an outcast Vietnamese man's journey to freedom deserves a place of honor among the great films portraying emigrant tenacity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    A perfect marriage of author and director.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    For Jordan, this is a return to top form.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Mrs. Henderson hits all its marks, well-worn though they be, and Dench fans will once more find themselves glorying in her reckless spirit.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    A psychotic we can't help falling for, Edward Norton's beautifully drawn and richly nuanced dreamer could, in time, prove to be one of the most memorable movie characters of recent years.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    It's vastly enjoyable in a low-down, scandal-mongering way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Disturbing, beautifully acted movie.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Sugar Town's tunes are terrific, and the writing is sharp. But the typecasting is a work of genius.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    This nicely acted study of a love that survived all manner of trauma is a must-see for Joyce fans, feminist historians great and small and admirers of the Emerald Isle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Moviegoers bewailing the absence of literacy and shallowness of character they usually get for their seven bucks need look no further than this fluent and satisfying triptych for a source of hope.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    If there's any justice in moviedom, this summer's feel-good hit will be an unassuming Dutch comedy called Everybody's Famous!
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Thoroughly entertaining Home Movie carries on a grand tradition of American documentary -- seeking out the eccentrics and contrarians among us.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    There are a couple of technical rough spots, but this daring film challenges most widely held notions about religious conviction while providing a complex portrait of an identity crisis that's run amok and a good mind that's jumped the tracks.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    The cornerstone of this fascinating film is a peculiar but absolutely solid love story. In terms of intellectual and emotional stimulation, who could ask for more?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Can be as howlingly funny as it is touching.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Here's a knowing look at female friendship, spiked with raw urban humor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    The most liberating thing about this funny, touching, heartfelt little movie is the way it defies the rules and, in the end, begins to set its heroines free. They've earned it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    En route, we also get a chance to examine the nature of the self and the responsibilities of science. Das Experiment has all this and more, excitingly packaged as a prison movie featuring superb performances and high emotional tension.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    The movies' time-honored old-man-and-boy theme has rarely been used to such great advantage.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    In the end, Stone Reader gives us an old-fashioned romantic's view of writers and their craft--complete with the hint of a happy ending.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    One beautiful piece of work--as alert and aware a survey of interpersonal relations as you're likely to find at the movies this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Touching, frequently hilarious.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    The political, social, and linguistic adjustments Parker makes to this hugely entertaining Husband give it fresh relevance without betraying the original.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    This valentine to Trekkiedom (produced by, who else, Paramount) doesn't go in very deep--probably doesn't intend to--but it's also not quite the promotional piece the studio may have envisioned.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    A vivid double portrait of the artistic sensibility in its many weathers -- expressed by two fine actors clearly engaged in a labor of love.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Quick-witted, spicy Irish comedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    This is a highly original film blessed with fetching complications all its own and some hair-raising turns of plot.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    An unabashed flag-waver and one of the best feel-good sports movies ever, this authentic charmer does for its young hockey players what John Wayne used to do for the U.S. Marines, and it lifts us, too, onto the boys' cloud of belief.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    It's a pleasure to watch these two superb actresses circle and attack, conspire and conflict in the corporate shark tank, and it's just as profound a pleasure to behold a talented new filmmaker who's managed to succeed his first time out.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    This is not the easiest film in the world to untangle, but our attentions are soon rewarded.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    It's a bewildering but deeply satisfying paradox, this constant, nearly silent collision in Tran's films of the visible world and the turbulent, unseen world.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    This is provocative stuff--and not just for its searing indictment of Brazilian society.
    • 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.)
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    A thoroughly likable, if familiar, Woody Allen comedy -- not the most original or revealing tintype in the director's gallery, perhaps, but blessedly free of the self-conscious hand-wringing and tortured navel-gazing that impede the former Mr. Konigsberg's more sluggish efforts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    The film splits the difference between the brutal reality of the cable-TV prison series "Oz" and the romanticized fantasy of "The Shawshank Redemption" and provides a vivid, well-rounded gallery of inmate portraits.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    This is probably the funniest Mamet piece to date (but not the weightiest), and it might be destined to take a seat alongside "The Player" and "Sunset Boulevard" in the front row of movieland satires.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Hopkins' beautifully detailed, deeply felt acting remains a joy to watch...But an even greater pleasure, at least for my money, is Kidman's dark turn as Faunia Farley.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    This vivid exploration of the human animal creates a romantic alchemy that's raw, unsettling, and touching.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    A fresh, intimate, gloriously unpolished performance film that measures up to the classics of the genre.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    This is not pleasant stuff, but it's important, and thoroughly heart-wrenching.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Rookie writer-director Dylan Kidd, late of NYU film school, knows how to get the best out of jittery, handheld camera shots, and he knows how to go for the jugular. Roger is the bleakest comic portrait of misogynist self-delusion we've seen in a long time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Holes is a nicely made movie for kids, as entertaining as it is thought-provoking and--thanks to director Davis--a bit harder-edged than the usual Disney fare.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Like all good concert films, it's the next best thing to being there.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Bruce Nolan is one deeply disgruntled barrel of laughs--the emotional kin of Bill Murray's cynical weatherman in "Groundhog Day."
    • 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.