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 1.9 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 252
252 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
    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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Caro
    Raunchy, smart, ebullient, melancholy, insightful, surprising, funny, frank and sexy as all get-out.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    The characters may be speaking Chinese, but such rousing entertainment needs no translation.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Family life rarely is portrayed with such warmth, clarity and vibrancy as in In America.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Announces the arrival of an undeniable talent (Meshkini) that has come of age.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    O
    A sign of O's effectiveness is that it works regardless of whether you know Shakespeare's play.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    A triumph that deserves a broad audience.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    An animated tale equipped with heart, humor, blazing action and not a sappy song in earshot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    There's something simple yet miraculous about watching these beautiful animals interact with the wild and each other, even if their actions are being manipulated for the sake of drama. Annaud has taken his film's message to heart: He knows when to get out of nature's way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    The foulest holiday movie I've ever seen -- and the funniest.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    This small-scale, low-budget movie is defined by an honest searching quality.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    The movie boasts one of those rare twist endings that strikes the right emotional chords, and it deserves credit for laying its bets on a sexy, sympathetic Macy. Sometimes long shots pay off.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    With Cuaron leading the way, Harry has burst from the printed page to soar on-screen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    You wouldn't think the darn thing would have such lingering power.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 79 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.
    • 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.

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