For 255 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Caro's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 City of God
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Cancun
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 255
255 movie reviews
    • 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]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Plays more like a gritty, episodic British independent film powered by a soundtrack of Who songs that illuminate the main character's turbulent emotions.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Gripping in purely cinematic terms as an imaginatively told tale of sibling rivalry and the pressures of great expectations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Smart and well-crafted, and it boasts complex characters, effective star turns and evocative photography of a small Alaskan town in summertime, when the sun never sets. It's a solid Hollywood thriller.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Family life rarely is portrayed with such warmth, clarity and vibrancy as in In America.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Captures the complex dynamic of a mentoring relationship like few movies before it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    You wouldn't think the darn thing would have such lingering power.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 76 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    A surprisingly insightful, non-judgmental meditation on a troubled marriage-with-kids.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    House Party aims for the mainstream and hits it- perhaps too often.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Gordy barely is mentioned, even though he was the artistic leader who presumably profited most from the Funk Brothers' labors. Discussing Motown solely through the prism of the musicians is like assessing Picasso's works on the basis of the paint quality.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    There's good pulp and bad pulp, and for most of its duration, Joy Ride is quality stuff.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Shrek is something of a poignant hero here and not terribly ogre-like; Myers obviously wasn't being paid per giggle generated. Diaz's Fiona feels increasingly fleshed out, while the "annoying talking animals" provide most of the laughs.
    • 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.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Takes a premise that seems ripe for broad, vulgar joking and turns it into a sly, even subtle, comedy.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 75 Mark Caro
    A classic haunted-house story enshrouded in fog and steeped in portentous atmosphere. It gives you a case of the creeps oh-so slowly, then hits you with a clever, mind-warping way of saying, "Boo!"
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    An engaging character study full of lyrical images and strong performances. It's an exceedingly well-made film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    You can interpret Lost in La Mancha as a sort of triumph of the creative spirit. Gilliam's darkest gallows humor always comes with a smile.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    A triumph that deserves a broad audience.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    The movie is zippy, laugh-out-loud funny, persuasive and at times horrifying, as Spurlock undergoes his unpleasant changes with good humor and bad tummy aches.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    This Civil War epic romance is exquisitely shot, lovingly designed and populated with talented name actors. In terms of pedigree and sheer, lush filmmaking, the movie has class written all over it. And that's part of the problem.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    The Spider-Man saga is a classic for a reason, and the filmmakers don't squander the material's strengths.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Quite entertaining.

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