For 265 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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Caro's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Capturing the Friedmans
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Cancun
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 265
265 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    A small movie about big emotions, with Green capturing the rush of love and sting of heartbreak with great vividness.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    Never Been Kissed features a fierce tug of war between the charm of Drew Barrymore and the stupidity of the script.
    • 76 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    It's not particularly funny or trenchant, and its portrayal of noxious high school cliques never amounts to more than was shown in "Heathers." [19 Feb 1999]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    The movie Gray's Anatomy demonstrates that fully stimulating the senses isn't the same as fully engaging them. Gray still begins talking in his trademark plaid shirt with a notebook and glass of water at his table, but soon Soderbergh is sending him on a Disney ride of scenery changes, lighting effects and moody music. [1 August 1997]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    Doesn't really work when examined in the daylight outside the theater doors.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    The characters may be speaking Chinese, but such rousing entertainment needs no translation.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    So nonsensical you don't understand why anyone would actually make it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    You can take the director out of television, but sometimes you can't take television out of the director. Although Garry Marshall has been making movies for longer than he spent creating such series as "The Odd Couple," "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley," his work retains the scent of the small screen.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    The biggest surprise may be what the filmmaker doesn't show; he withholds a big dramatic payoff, so the audience must fill in the blanks.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Never quite transcends its movie-of-the-week trappings. But either you're glad to have spent time with these three generations or you aren't. Bottom line: I was.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    Looks sleek and moves efficiently, but there's nothing too distinctive under the hood.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Family life rarely is portrayed with such warmth, clarity and vibrancy as in In America.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Alternately sweet and mean, sophisticated and vulgar, witty and base, dazzling and ugly, charming and charmless.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Like an obnoxious uncle desparately trying to amuse the young'uns with poo-poo humor and dum-dum pratfalls.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    The movie seems so convinced of its own entertainment value that it has neglected to factor in the elements that make a comedic thriller more than just a facile exercise -- i.e., suspense, tension, heart. Being amused by plot turns is not the same as caring, and Clay Pigeons never inspires you to grab your armrest or catch your breath. [25 Sept 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    It's refreshing that a family movie dares to be as emotionally charged as this one, but you wish Miller had paused before he piled everything on and said to himself, "That'll do."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    When a loving son makes a documentary about his father, you can forgive him for laying it on a bit thick - especially when his love for his subject, Ron Santo, is shared by an entire city.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Demme gets a lot of flavor and spice into his "Charade" remake, but he can't disguise that he's spiffing up leftovers that aren't so substantial or fresh.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    A lean, mean tension machine, setting up its premise, executing it with smarts, throwing in enough twists to keep things interesting, and wrapping it up before anyone can get fatigued or reflective. It's on the money.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    You never lose awareness that Fraser and, particularly, Elfman are acting alongside creatures they can't actually see, and you constantly think you should be having more fun than you are. In the end, you want to ask the filmmakers: Is that all, folks?
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Although Star Maps has some merit as a mood piece, Arteta's treatment of the audience has parallels to Pepe's treatment of Carlos, as he hammers home a message of no hope. [8 Aug 1997, p.K]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    Superior to 2001's "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" in almost every way. It's better directed, more consistently acted, and its writing, while at times ridiculous, at least has a modicum of logic at its core. I still had to slap myself to stay awake.
    • 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
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    Waste in the health care system is deplorable, but waste on the movie screen isn't so great either.

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