For 252 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Caro's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Y Tu Mamá También
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Cancun
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 252
252 movie reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Kollek's fondness for whimsical plot turns adds still more random elements to a movie that at times seems edited by a blindfolded monkey.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    This is one of those would-be blockbusters that wants to have it both ways: It includes enough political commentary to have pretensions of seriousness, yet it's engineered to satisfy the explosion cravings of Schwarzenegger action fans, if any are left.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Isn't much more creative than your average gross-out comedy.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Packed with gratuitous dumb moments -- which is too bad, given that the premise has promise.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    So nonsensical you don't understand why anyone would actually make it.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    We've since seen plenty of self-satisfied smart alecks, and Freddy, as written and played, brings nothing new to the party.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    When a movie is structured around the unveiling of secrets, you ought to care what the answers are. But writer-director Adam Brooks (Almost You), never offers any compelling reason to do so.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Recycling the regressive humor of his (Sandler’s) previous films, it piles on so much sentimentality that you wonder how anyone could consider him a renegade. [25 June 1999, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    In the end you don't believe what you're watching, and you don't care. This party is a drag.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Stumbles from cliche to cliche:
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    The movie plays like a very expanded version of what would make -- and likely has made -- a cute TV newsmagazine segment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Blast is just shooting blanks. [12 February 1999, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Just say no.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    An overblown clunker full of bad jokes, howling cliches and by-the-numbers action sequences.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Now that Smith has gotten these characters and jokes out of his system, here's hoping he can turn to material that doesn't require winking at the audience.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Lacks the meanness of so many recent gross-out comedies. With the sparkling Diaz leading the way, the lame humor is much more palatable.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    This movie is phony, phony, phony -- from its Disneyland version of the Deep South to its pious lessons about the values of simple rural living.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Like an obnoxious uncle desparately trying to amuse the young'uns with poo-poo humor and dum-dum pratfalls.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Some actors steal scenes. Tom Green just gives them a bad odor. This self-infatuated goofball is far from the only thing wrong with the clumsy comedy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    The difference between Head of State and a good comedy is like the difference between Chris Rock and a real actor.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    The movie is never more than the sum of its scattershot jokes; it's sloppily put together, with scenes seemingly cut mid-dialogue.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Leans on just as many stereotypes as it tweaks.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    It's not particularly funny or trenchant, and its portrayal of noxious high school cliques never amounts to more than was shown in "Heathers." [19 Feb 1999]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Although a literal movie adaptation of Seuss' 1957 classic "The Cat in the Hat" might have run 20 minutes, is it too much to ask that the filmed material preserve the author's sensibility?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    The upside is that they're likable and play well together...The downside is that they're all still communicating roughly the same message, which lies somewhere between a wink and a nudge.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Envy is a shaggy dog-poop story that'll make you wish you could spray something at the screen to make it disappear.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Stiller, a DodgeBall producer, is revealing an unfortunate craving for the cheese of his childhood.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    In making a movie that preaches love for odd ducks, Schumacher has turned Flawless into the oddest duck of all.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Caro
    Although Banderas occasionally shows flashes of style, individual elements too often go together like grits in a puff pastry.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Caro
    You watch the movie in a dumbfounded stupor. Why on earth was it made? [26 March 1999, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune

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