For 63 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Phil Gallo's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Arrested Development: Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 South Beach: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 63
  2. Negative: 10 out of 63
63 tv reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Gallo
    [It] already feels like it's been on air for three seasons... in a good way.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Gallo
    Consistently compelling.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Gallo
    [The] pilot is cleverly written giving the characters a heady, just-specific-enough mix of mystery, intrigue and charm.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Gallo
    Production values are outstanding, and the producers have captured the appropriate tension and devotion that surrounds this world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Gallo
    The selections in the first two episodes possess compelling strength, whimsy and ambiguity in both the stories and the characters, providing a solid transformation from radio to TV.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Gallo
    DeMange draws out the helplessness and frustrations of the men who visit Belle, which are complemented by Tat Radcliffe's framing of the action.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Gallo
    Dialogue by Diane Ruggiero is sharply written and realistic, observational and unhurried. It remains to be seen, though, whether 9 p.m. Friday viewers are ready for the debate over Vivian's new Brazilian.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Gallo
    It's so stylishly executed, with Mimi Leder's direction, a crisp script and magnetic lead by Dominic Purcell, that the John Doe indeed has a solid identity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Gallo
    '24' isn't getting off to the spectacular start that it did in its debut season when the focus was singular and clear-cut. [29 Oct 2002]
    • Variety
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Gallo
    There’s a good possibility the first two “Watching Ellie’s” won’t generate more than four out-loud chuckles, but that’s no reason for audiences or networks to give up on this series’ prospects.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Gallo
    An absolute visual stunner with compelling freak-show characters --- but the series unfortunately takes a leisurely approach toward getting to a point. [12 Sep 2003]
    • Variety
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Gallo
    [It] lacks the flavor of the original and would have worked better under a different title.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Gallo
    It has a few points going for it: Mandy Patinkin's onscreen magnetism; some truly eerie episodes; and a smartness that it wears on its sleeve. On the downside, it draws on too many other recent hits -- "CSI," "Crossing Jordan," "Medium," "House," "Law & Order: SVU""Law & Order: SVU" -- for visual style, character tics, mind games and an ability to find the truth in confounding evidence.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Gallo
    Single and in their 30s, each is a distinct blend of guile, guts and needfulness, traipsing through the dating world with predictable and even trite results, their chatter constantly hitting on sex, relationships and sex. Some good acting and some nicely shot romantic interludes provide some redemption for the series, but scripts need to loosen up and inherit some of the playfulness the actresses bring to their roles. [3 June 1998]
    • Variety
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Gallo
    Lack of likable characters may be show’s downfall, though if future hourlongs focus on ethical and personal dilemmas rather than pile them on as occurs in the pilot, Nip/Tuck has some promise.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Gallo
    A model of midseason mediocrity, an hourlong that neither excites nor bores, driven by professional if uninspired acting, writing and direction.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Gallo
    Having four women with sufficiently distinct personalities and a pleasant tone should help the show secure some viewership, but it really belongs on a specialized femme-oriented cable net.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Gallo
    ESPN's eight-episode mini-series plays remarkably flat despite a sharp portrayal by John Turturro as the eye at the center of the storm.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Gallo
    Funny in parts, overlong and out of steam in some taped bits and generally very inside in the humor department. Late night's a good spot for it, but the push for cult appeal in this six-seg series feels forced. [20 Feb 2003, p.10]
    • Variety
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Gallo
    It's tough to get an audience to care for any of the players in a show that's just 30 minutes long.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Gallo
    As much as the direction and writing capture appropriate tension in the pilot, they allow it to go slack in the second [episode].
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Gallo
    Women's Murder Club has the tone of a show that's designed rather than crafted, a show more concerned about appealing to a target demographic instead of just flowing.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Gallo
    The show's cast is potentially likable; once they're given a script that doesn't feel so derivative and stuck on a single note, show could blossom. [23 Sept 2002, p.22]
    • Variety
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Gallo
    Its humor is simple and, at times, degrading.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Gallo
    There's no sign of passion here; it's all awkward.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Gallo
    The show is as directionless as its stars.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Gallo
    For all the talent associated with this show that has a handle on urban humor and pics oriented toward youths ... it's startling that Platinum is so unaffecting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Gallo
    Characters are indistinguishable from each other and forced to either mutter or shout cliched New Yawk dialogue. And the editing moves the action from one scenario to another at such an exaggerated pace that nothing gets a chance to truly resonate.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Phil Gallo
    An uninspired collection of cliches, sex jokes and uninvolving characters.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Phil Gallo
    Carpoolers is shockingly dull and unfunny with Fred Goss shoehorned in an uninspiring role.