For 62 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bill Gallo's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Happiness
Lowest review score: 10 Drop Dead Gorgeous
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 62
  2. Negative: 11 out of 62
62 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    Beautifully observed, miraculously unsentimental comedy-drama.
    • 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.
    • 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".
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Gallo
    An authentic and thrilling glimpse into Inuit culture and tradition.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Gallo
    Here's a knowing look at female friendship, spiked with raw urban humor.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Despite a couple of low-budget, rookie-director rough spots, this fascinating look at Israel in ferment feels as immediate as the latest news footage from Gaza and, because of its heightened, well-shaped dramas, twice as powerful.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Paul Cox's admirers are sure to embrace this latest eruption of sincerity and sensitivity.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Constantly touching, surprisingly funny, semi-surrealist exploration of the creative act.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Analyze This won't win any Oscars, and its comedy is pretty tortured in places, but the pleasures of watching DeNiro onscreen never diminish--not even when he's putting the glories of his criminal past at risk.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Whatever Dark Blue World lacks in pyrotechnics it makes up for with richly drawn characters, high drama and pointed historical ironies.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Hardball is not as bad as it sounds, and at its best it's charming.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    We expect some depth and perspective from filmmakers, but even in talking about the movie Peralta sounds like an ex-high school quarterback who never got over the Big Game, or an old campus revolutionary who's never glimpsed the folly that went along with the fervor.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    These wonderfully adept actresses take so much pleasure in playing long-faded Southern belles, in mixing the genteel and the bawdy as they conduct their extended therapy session, that it will be difficult for even the most hardened Yankee curmudgeon to resist them.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Bill Gallo
    Shot in the mean streets of a great and compelling city, here's a fascinating vision of societal upheaval that would likely awe De Sica himself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    In the end, it demonstrates all over again the virtual impossibility of doing Nabokov justice on film, because his work is so resolutely and brilliantly made of words.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Picture the dopes from "Dumb and Dumber" getting mixed up in organized crime -- but without benefit of Jim Carrey's rubberized pratfalls or his go-to-hell anarchism.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Atkins has trouble keeping the tension high and the jokes rolling. Halfway through he begins tripping over the noir genre's dark rules, and in the end he veers off into a haze of romantic redemption that Billy Wilder and Nicholas Ray would have scoffed at.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    A teen-anxiety movie that leaves no doubt where it stands on "family values" and moral absolutes: It approves. The shock troops of the Cinema Without Limits army are unlikely to buy many tickets, but those who do will probably see the thing as sanctimonious pabulum -- even for its target audience of adolescents.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Ali
    Muhammad Ali's spirit, his life force, is not quite present here, despite Smith's astonishing mimicry and Mann's considerable perspiration.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Bill Gallo
    Not a film for everyone, but if you're in the mood for a little sensory overload, some spirited intellectual gymnastics and an introduction to the most intriguing new actress Europe has produced in years, get in line with the rest of the thrill-seekers.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    Here's a fervent, G-rated version of contemporary life in which the divine overcomes the earthly and miracles are commonplace. It's aimed squarely at the emerging Christian market.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    Damon looks like a kid lost in the wrong neighborhood, and his acting manners underscore that impression--everything is a bit too fine, too neat...An intermittently interesting, intermittently foolish film.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Bill Gallo
    Parents wishing to protect their beloved daughters from cliché overload might do well to withhold the old allowance money for a couple of weeks -- until the inevitable bout of Mandymoviemania subsides.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    There is more anxiety than loving humor in the proceedings, and a noticeable lack of charm.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    Like hundreds of doomed movie protagonists before him, the hero of Life as a House doesn't have long to live. By the second reel, you may find yourself wishing his time on the planet was even shorter.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Bill Gallo
    Mangold gets stuck in the gooey sweet spots of his tale a little more often than he breaks loose with a bracing jolt of perversity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Bill Gallo
    Most obvious crime is first-degree dullness, giving us a thriller without thrills and a mystery devoid of urgent questions.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Bill Gallo
    Marsh's flat-footed recitation of Believe It or Not crimes grows tedious, and his condescension to present-day citizens of the town (implying they're as grotesque and doomed as ever) rings false.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Bill Gallo
    Moviegoers might have preferred a little more care with the characters. As it is, Alma comes off not as a courageous trailblazer but as an indiscriminate adventuress.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Bill Gallo
    The moviemakers have eliminated the finer points of the novel in favor of broad strokes. Very broad strokes.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Bill Gallo
    Merely labeling National Lampoon's Van Wilder "sophomoric" or "vulgar" doesn't do justice to the perpetrators' dedication.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 Bill Gallo
    There's little evidence to suggest Schneebaum was one of the great explorers of the 20th century, or even that he was particularly curious.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Bill Gallo
    Anyone who expects a little drama with their screen sex will have to go elsewhere.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Bill Gallo
    Loquacious and dreary piece of business.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 20 Bill Gallo
    It's a paint-by-numbers job of the worst sort, stuffed with more tired old baseball baloney than Harry Caray and about as dramatic as shagging flies in St. Pete.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Bill Gallo
    Say what you want about Hollywood losing its way in recent years, there's something beautiful about moviemakers who paint themselves into corners this tight.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Bill Gallo
    With malice for all, Drop Dead Gorgeous isn't likely to win any popularity contests.