For 258 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Caro's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Finding Nemo
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Cancun
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 258
258 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Stiller, a DodgeBall producer, is revealing an unfortunate craving for the cheese of his childhood.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Caro
    Kalifornia is that deadliest of combinations: a pretentious B movie. It repeatedly smacks the viewer in the face and then pretends that it has some intellectual reason for doing so. [03 Sep 1993]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Blast is just shooting blanks. [12 February 1999, Friday, p.A]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Isn't much more creative than your average gross-out comedy.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    So nonsensical you don't understand why anyone would actually make it.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Leans on just as many stereotypes as it tweaks.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Packed with gratuitous dumb moments -- which is too bad, given that the premise has promise.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    An overblown clunker full of bad jokes, howling cliches and by-the-numbers action sequences.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 0 Mark Caro
    This movie thrusts you so close to these intoxicated idiots that you practically have to wipe off secondhand tequila, sweat and spit stains afterward.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Stumbles from cliche to cliche:
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Caro
    Let's make this simple: If you spend money on Soul Plane, you've been played.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Caro
    A rock 'n' roll film should be funny-crazy -- not just a big, dumb promo for some over-the-hill dudes in makeup who are trying to sell today's kids on yesterday's glory by championing deliquency.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Just say no.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Caro
    But in the end everything comes down to Lawrence, who has yet to develop a truly distinct comedic sensibility.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Caro
    A criminal waste of talent.

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