Bill Gallo

Bill Gallo
Bill Gallo's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

American Beauty (1999)

"This seriocomic autopsy of middle-class virtue has the capacity to startle and surprise, and a gift for finding grim humor at the heart of tragedy." ‐New Times
Posted Feb 22, 2015

The Sixth Sense (1999)

"Beyond these startling apparitions, there's a surplus of mumbo-jumbo in here -- and some ludicrously false notes." ‐New Times
Posted Oct 7, 2014

Supercross (2005)

"If you love Kawasakis, Hondas, and Yamahas, and don't mind tin-eared writing, get down to the multiplex." ‐New Times
Posted Jul 27, 2014

Up for Grabs (2005)

"Michael Wranovics' well-meant documentary about the absurd legal battle over the ownership of the baseball Barry Bonds hit for his season-record 73rd home run, back in 2001, is instantly overshadowed by subsequent events." ‐New Times
Posted May 12, 2014

Chicago (2002)

"As the show has always taught us, the public is fickle and fame is fleeting. But some things turn out to be timeless. Chicago looks like one of them." Dallas Observer
Posted Oct 17, 2008

Flyboys (2006)

"Among these combatants, you won't find much All Quiet on the Western Front-style despair, and the paths of glory are unsullied by doubt or disillusionment." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 19, 2006

The Illusionist (2006)

"These resolutely old-fashioned elements might not work at all in a less well-crafted movie. But this entertaining tale of wizardry and lost love vaporizes even our most serious doubts." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 15, 2006

Step Up (2006)

"Fletcher ably blends ballet and hip-hop, but the filming itself is often clumsy, and Tatum's relentless African American impersonation quickly wears out its welcome." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 15, 2006

The Blood of My Brother: A Story of Death in Iraq (2006)

"[The filmmakers'] access is far broader than any TV network's, and in the end, they transcended the body counts and bland abstractions that characterize most Western reporting on the war." ‐L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 27, 2006

Scoop (2006)

"It not only lacks the verve and energy of Allen's best New York-based work, it feels culturally adrift, like some bewildered tourist trying to read a city map held upside down." City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Jul 25, 2006

Beowulf & Grendel (2006)

"Thus does Beowulf collide with postmodern punk sensibility." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 5, 2006

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

"This intermittently fascinating documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the Cosmos--which is also the rise and fall of U.S. soccer." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 5, 2006

Waist Deep (2006)

"For its ever shifting attitudes toward men, women, and murder, Waist Deep is one of the sloppiest movies ever to reach the screen." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jun 27, 2006

Revoloution (2006)

"Be aware that RevoLOUtion is a remarkably well-made 75-minute inspiromercial." ‐L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 9, 2006

Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream) (2005)

"Aside from a flirtation with the hot-button immigration issue, this inspirational movie about an underdog soccer player from tough East Los Angeles is pretty standard stuff." ‐L.A. Weekly
Posted May 11, 2006

Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes) (2006)

"Those who loved the original Auberge will likely be eager to book rooms once again." ‐Village Voice
Posted May 9, 2006

Silent Hill (2006)

"Stuffed with cheap effects and devoid of tension, this French-Japanese-U.S. co-production contributes exactly zilch to the rich film history of those three nations." ‐Village Voice
Posted May 2, 2006

Water (2005)

"This work of gorgeous fury, about the virtual imprisonment of millions of Hindu widows in the years before independence, transforms Mehta's feminist rage into an eloquent testament to the hunger for freedom." ‐Village Voice
Posted Apr 25, 2006

The Sentinel (2006)

"[The film] has more holes than Bush's war plan and employs less fluent English." ‐Village Voice
Posted Apr 25, 2006

Sir! No Sir! (2006)

"As it is, this one is compelling enough, a potent mix of outrage, residual anger, and sorrow that speaks not just to the legacy of our misadventures in Vietnam, but to the entire uncertain future of a nation at war." ‐Village Voice
Posted Apr 18, 2006

Monster-in-Law (2005)

"Billed as a comedy, this low-wattage sitcom is both ill-tempered and mean-spirited -- not least when it's cracking anti-gay jokes and making snide suggestions about incest." Dallas Observer
Posted May 13, 2005

Dot the I (2003)

"If you find dense, self-conscious mystification decorated with all kinds of fashionable postmodern gimmicks more than a bit annoying, best to look elsewhere." Dallas Observer
Posted Apr 22, 2005

Dust to Glory (2005)

"94 minutes' worth of mind-numbing repetition, complete with a musical score seemingly lifted from reality TV." Dallas Observer
Posted Apr 8, 2005

You I Love (Ya lyublyu tebya) (2004)

"The whole thing has a dour resolve that undermines its attempts at humor." Dallas Observer
Posted Mar 25, 2005

Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)

"Downfall doesn't provide much new material, but it should prove valuable for generations as a historical document, despite its several odd stances." Dallas Observer
Posted Mar 13, 2005

Imaginary Heroes (2005)

"Whatever kudos go to Harris for the length of his reach tend to be overshadowed by inexperience and enslavement to genre." Dallas Observer
Posted Feb 25, 2005

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

"It's difficult not to admire Eastwood's dogged (and likely painful) pursuit of real life and authentic emotion." Dallas Observer
Posted Jan 15, 2005

Coach Carter (2005)

"Not even Jackson's thundering dynamism lifts the drama from mediocrity." Dallas Observer
Posted Jan 14, 2005

After the Sunset (2004)

"The witless inanity of After the Sunset is so numbing that the sole reason for any living creature to sit through it is to marvel at the speed and variety of actress Salma Hayek's costume changes." Dallas Observer
Posted Nov 12, 2004

Criminal (2004)

"It instantly earns a place alongside Jim McBride's pointless American take on Godard's Breathless on Hollywood's long, long shelf of misguided remakes." Dallas Observer
Posted Sep 10, 2004

Without a Paddle (2004)

"Summer movies don't get much sillier or more empty-headed than Without a Paddle." Dallas Observer
Posted Aug 20, 2004

Collateral (2004)

"Cruise has almost nothing going for him this time around in the way of props, and even less than usual in the way of character." Dallas Observer
Posted Aug 6, 2004

Riding Giants (2004)

"If you are willing to accept Peralta's rather blinkered notion of American history you will probably embrace Riding Giants with the passion of a true believer. If not, you might see it as another engaging sermon delivered by a slightly crazed missionary." Dallas Observer
Posted Aug 6, 2004

The Terminal (2004)

"Thanks to Spielberg's vivid storytelling and Hanks' matchless gift for bringing the common man to life, this is a relentlessly charming movie." Dallas Observer
Posted Jun 17, 2004

Troy (2004)

"Classicists won't learn much about Greek culture, or even pick up a decent recipe for moussaka, but as all-out, big-budget action movies that are set 3,200 years in the past go, this one will do just fine." Dallas Observer
Posted May 14, 2004

Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2004)

"This vivid examination of brotherly love and its consequences never stints on the complexities of the heart or the fascinating ambiguities of life." Dallas Observer
Posted Apr 23, 2004

Connie and Carla (2004)

"A penny-dreadful imitation of one of Hollywood's most inimitable comedies." Dallas Observer
Posted Apr 16, 2004

Knafayim Shvurot (Broken Wings) (2002)

"This is a movie with four children at hand, but its views of ambiguity and human complexity are distinctly grown-up." Dallas Observer
Posted Apr 16, 2004

Kitchen Stories (2004)

"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." Dallas Observer
Posted Mar 21, 2004

Hidalgo (2004)

"Director Joe Johnston ... screenwriter John Fusco ... and God knows who else have packed it with clumsy endorsements of America's current adventures in the Middle East." Dallas Observer
Posted Mar 6, 2004

Against the Ropes (2004)

"Ryan's mannered toughness looks like play-acting, and she never quite convinces us she's seen the inside of a fight gym, much less that she's worthy to be Rocky in a miniskirt." Dallas Observer
Posted Feb 20, 2004

Touching the Void (2004)

"Moral quandaries and the insouciance of youth aside, Void has to be the most dangerous-looking, thrill-packed mountaineering movie ever made." Dallas Observer
Posted Feb 14, 2004

Bus 174 (Ônibus 174) (2003)

"Whatever your political stripe happens to be, or your views on the responsibilities of government, this is provocative stuff." Dallas Observer
Posted Feb 7, 2004

The Big Bounce (2004)

"Elmore Leonard gets another check, but he deserves better, even 35 years after the fact." Dallas Observer
Posted Jan 31, 2004

House of Sand and Fog (2003)

"This is not pleasant stuff, but it's important, and thoroughly heart-wrenching." Dallas Observer
Posted Dec 25, 2003

Cold Mountain (2003)

"It's grand-scale moviemaking you can feel in your heart and in your gut -- at once stirringly romantic and ruthlessly counter-romantic, just like the ambitious Charles Frazier best seller from which it was adapted." Dallas Observer
Posted Dec 25, 2003

The Cooler (2003)

"The film might work just fine were it not for that huge lump of sunny, school-play redemption it asks us to swallow." Dallas Observer
Posted Dec 19, 2003

The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) (2003)

"Arcand loyalists are bound to miss Rémy, but at least he goes out in style. Even the antagonists will have to admit that." Dallas Observer
Posted Dec 19, 2003

The Last Samurai (2003)

"For 144 endless minutes, director Edward Zwick reduces to big-budget American schlock the ancient warrior codes and thrilling battle sequences that Akira Kurosawa and other Japanese filmmakers brought so vividly to the screen." Dallas Observer
Posted Dec 5, 2003

Autumn Spring (2003)

"Without resorting to schmaltz or sticky pathos, director Vladimir Michalek fashions an allegory about aging, friendship and love that equals the best American movies on those tricky subjects, from Cocoon to On Golden Pond." Dallas Observer
Posted Nov 15, 2003
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