Bill Gallo

Bill Gallo
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
83% The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) [The Original Kings of Comedy] is a fresh, intimate, gloriously unpolished performance film that measures up to the classics of the genre: Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip and the notorious Eddie Murphy Raw. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
21% Practical Magic (1998) As witch movies go -- even lighthearted, supposedly comic witch movies -- Practical Magic is conspicuously lacking in supernatural phenomena. - New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
70% Analyze This (1999) Suffice to say that the real pleasures of Analyze This lie in the easy confidence with which De Niro savages himself. - New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
88% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2015
86% The Sixth Sense (1999) Beyond these startling apparitions, there's a surplus of mumbo-jumbo in here -- and some ludicrously false notes. - New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2014
5% Supercross (2005) If you love Kawasakis, Hondas, and Yamahas, and don't mind tin-eared writing, get down to the multiplex. - New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2014
92% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2014
85% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
33% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2006
73% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2006
20% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2006
71% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2006
41% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2006
47% Beowulf & Grendel (2006) Thus does Beowulf collide with postmodern punk sensibility. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2006
81% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2006
28% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2006
27% Revoloution (2006) Be aware that RevoLOUtion is a remarkably well-made 75-minute inspiromercial. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2006
42% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2006
72% Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes) (2006) Those who loved the original Auberge will likely be eager to book rooms once again. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2006
30% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2006
90% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2006
34% The Sentinel (2006) [The film] has more holes than Bush's war plan and employs less fluent English. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2006
89% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2006
17% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2005
25% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2005
60% Dust to Glory (2005) 94 minutes' worth of mind-numbing repetition, complete with a musical score seemingly lifted from reality TV. - Dallas Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2005
33% You I Love (Ya lyublyu tebya) (2004) The whole thing has a dour resolve that undermines its attempts at humor. - Dallas Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2005
90% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2005
34% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2005
91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2005
64% Coach Carter (2005) Not even Jackson's thundering dynamism lifts the drama from mediocrity. - Dallas Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2005
18% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2004
69% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2004
14% Without a Paddle (2004) Summer movies don't get much sillier or more empty-headed than Without a Paddle. - Dallas Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2004
86% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2004
93% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2004
61% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2004
54% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2004
85% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2004
44% Connie and Carla (2004) A penny-dreadful imitation of one of Hollywood's most inimitable comedies. - Dallas Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2004
93% Broken Wings (Knafayim Shvurot) (2002) This is a movie with four children at hand, but its views of ambiguity and human complexity are distinctly grown-up. - Dallas Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2004
91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2004
46% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2004
12% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2004
94% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2004
97% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2004
16% The Big Bounce (2004) Elmore Leonard gets another check, but he deserves better, even 35 years after the fact. - Dallas Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2004
74% House of Sand and Fog (2003) This is not pleasant stuff, but it's important, and thoroughly heart-wrenching. - Dallas Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2003
71% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2003
77% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2003