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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Caro's Scores

  • Movies
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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Caro
    Raunchy, smart, ebullient, melancholy, insightful, surprising, funny, frank and sexy as all get-out.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Caro
    By re-imagining a pivotal, terrible 24 hours, Greengrass has made a must-see film that is timely - and timeless.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Caro
    The more you learn, the more questions you have about life in that Great Neck house. Leo Tolstoy wrote that "every unhappy family is unhappy in its own fashion," but not even he could have invented the Friedmans.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Caro
    A visual and aural feast that combines elements of classic gangster melodramas, crime epics such as "The Godfather" and playful non-linear narratives such as "Amores Perros," City of God explores a deadly culture while feeling more alive than anything that's hit the big screen in years.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Caro
    Finding Nemo and its Pixar predecessors tap into the shared gene among the kids and adults that delights in imagination-engaging, eye-tickling and wit-filled storytelling. You connect to these sea creatures as you rarely do with humans in big-screen adventures. The result: a true sunken treasure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Delivers that rare combination of winning traits. It's a low-key comedy with a risque hook -- a seemingly straight woman dabbles in lesbianism -- yet it maintains an old-fashioned faith in literate dialogue, believable behavior and themes that reach beyond the plot points.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    More intent on engaging the heart as it explores the mysteries contained within - mysteries that, as Lawrence and his spot-on cast demonstrate, are far more compelling than simple murder.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    A triumph that deserves a broad audience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    The actors and writing lend unexpected dimension to all of the characters, and Lopez's Harry is an indelible antagonist, one who manages to be genuinely big-hearted and evil.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Combining the immediacy of the Internet and the wise perspective of history, Startup.com proves that investing in real-life drama can reap rich dividends.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    This is an art film in the true sense of the term, engaging the mind, senses and emotions in a way that only movies at their best can do.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Announces the arrival of an undeniable talent (Meshkini) that has come of age.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    His movie isn't a surgical attack at this problem and that; it's a cluster bomb intended to reap destruction, make a mess and jolt all who see it to react.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Generates genuine tension because it's propelled by actual human feeling, which, these days, turns out to be a surprisingly thrilling prospect. [11 Dec 1998]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    O
    A sign of O's effectiveness is that it works regardless of whether you know Shakespeare's play.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Violence may provide entertainment value in more crass or commercially minded projects, but in the unflinching world of Affliction, it leads only to the ruination of your soul. [5 February 1999, Friday, p.D]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Takes a premise that seems ripe for broad, vulgar joking and turns it into a sly, even subtle, comedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    This small-scale, low-budget movie is defined by an honest searching quality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Revives the art of smart, scathing movie conversation as it skewers Manhattan's singles scene while providing a goodly number of laughs. Like its subject, the movie may have its prickly moments, but it's awfully fun to watch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    When a culture offers little more than death upon death, appreciating life's everyday beauty is as good an answer as these characters -- and this filmmaker -- can provide.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Such a stylistic inconsistency might be bothersome in another film, but here it's just part of the texture.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    The climax, featuring what's essentially a suspended roller coaster of closet doors, is as thrilling as it is imaginative.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    More flat-out funny than "Rushmore," but in neither film is the humor joke-based. What you're laughing at is the behavior of characters who are so fixed in their idiosyncratic worldviews that they can't help but careen into each other like out-of-control bumper cars.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    The day after seeing it, you're less likely to fixate on the flaws than to find yourself experiencing chuckle aftershocks as you recall the most outrageous gags. In these days of mostly forgettable comedies, that sensation has become all too rare. [15 July 1998]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    A stirring, emotionally true testament to foolish bravery as well as shameful evidence of the severity with which it is so often punished.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    An animated tale equipped with heart, humor, blazing action and not a sappy song in earshot.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Washington, typically, is rock-solid in front of the camera, conveying ample warmth and sympathy. Behind the camera, he's a relatively straightforward storyteller, strategic in his use of lyrical touches.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    The characters may be speaking Chinese, but such rousing entertainment needs no translation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    It's funny, moving and true, and it respects the audience's intelligence as much as the characters'. That combination, no matter the movie's label, deserves to be treasured.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    A brilliant, absurd collection of vignettes that, in their own idiosyncratic way, sum up the strange horror of life in the new millennium.