For 256 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Caro's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 City of God
Lowest review score: 0 Gummo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 256
256 movie reviews
    • 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
    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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Such a stylistic inconsistency might be bothersome in another film, but here it's just part of the texture.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Dislocated from their native country and former lives, Bob and Charlotte come to establish a language of their own. Coppola has done the same, proving she boasts one of today's truly distinct filmmaking voices.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Always engaging, never boring. You constantly appreciate Kaufman's intelligence and Gondry's lively filmmaking.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Caro
    Raunchy, smart, ebullient, melancholy, insightful, surprising, funny, frank and sexy as all get-out.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Boasts the elements of something greater than a love story. Too bad it devotes them to something less than a great love story. [22 November 1996, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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
    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.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    (Mitchell's) Hansel may be small-boned and soft-featured in an androgynous way, but his Hedwig is a force of nature, burned out and jaded yet brimming with compassion and bursting with energy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    An animated tale equipped with heart, humor, blazing action and not a sappy song in earshot.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Alternately sweet and mean, sophisticated and vulgar, witty and base, dazzling and ugly, charming and charmless.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Announces the arrival of an undeniable talent (Meshkini) that has come of age.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    You watch the movie with an ongoing feeling of dread, and it's not a feeling that ever dissipates.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Until it develops a bad case of verbosity toward the end, it improves upon its predecessor in almost every way, delivering flashier thrills while digging deeper into its characters and adding an overlay of wit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    For those seeking the vibrant innovation of Tarantino's first movies or the sheer rush of "Kill Bill, Vol. 1," Vol. 2 feels like a dulled blade.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    The movie is the cinematic equivalent of a near-perfect three-minute pop song. It makes you laugh, smile and tap your toes over a brisk 88 minutes, and when it's finished, you're ready to hit repeat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    With Cuaron leading the way, Harry has burst from the printed page to soar on-screen.
    • 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]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    The tweaking here feels affectionate, yet you soon suspect that these subjects make for awfully easy pickings.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Cunningham's and Woolf's novels are dedicated to capturing a person's essence through the events of a single day, and Daldry's film is faithful to that aim. But the range of life presented here feels constricted; the movie misses the sublime for all of the despair.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    The movie sticks with you, thanks to LaBute's observational powers and the three impressive lead performances. [15 August 1997, Friday, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Boasts all of the drama and suspense of any reality TV show, but it actually stars smart people. And they're kids.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    One may gripe that the tale at times seems familiar, yet that familiarity is also part of the movie's power: Here's a story from halfway around the world that somehow connects with the hearts of viewers of almost any culture.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    A puzzle movie in which the puzzle is actually worth the time and effort to solve.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    The characters may be speaking Chinese, but such rousing entertainment needs no translation.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Control Room isn't a systematic dissection of Al Jazeera's possible biases regarding the U.S. or Israel; it's noted that Arabs almost invariably view the war with Iraq in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while Americans rarely do.

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