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 0.4 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    A puzzle movie in which the puzzle is actually worth the time and effort to solve.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Family life rarely is portrayed with such warmth, clarity and vibrancy as in In America.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    The foulest holiday movie I've ever seen -- and the funniest.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    With Cuaron leading the way, Harry has burst from the printed page to soar on-screen.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    You wouldn't think the darn thing would have such lingering power.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    What lingers are the unsettling feelings, inexplicably potent images and realization that some of life's key crossroads are visible only in the rearview mirror.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    The Rookie may be pushing buttons, but at least they're the right buttons.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    If you require fine writing, sharp plotting and consistently good acting, you will be in for a long 86 minutes.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Corny and far-fetched it may be, but Frequency works - except for some stretches when it doesn't.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    They're a ragtag assembly for sure, and the results aren't pretty. But on a simple mission of entertainment, they get the job done.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Appeals to a universal appetite for stories that are as rich and warm as they are flavorful.
    • 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
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Although not all of the movements are fleshed out to their full potential, The Red Violin still attains a certain symphonic grandeur that -- at a time when so many filmmakers are churning out cinematic ditties -- deserves to be applauded. [18 June 1999, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    An engaging character study full of lyrical images and strong performances. It's an exceedingly well-made film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    It's rare to see a movie that takes such joy in the power of words, not to create lofty works of art but to effect the simple, necessary translation of what's in one's heart and mind.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    A surprisingly insightful, non-judgmental meditation on a troubled marriage-with-kids.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    A lot of fun, with an undeniable energy sparked by two actresses in their 50s working at the peak of their powers. Juicy roles for older women? Let the revolution begin.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Reflects the sensibilities of its director, whose comedic performances in particular have indicated a game spirit and droll sense of humor.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    A well-told story. It pits a compelling central character against a formidable adversary in an intriguing setting while keeping you riveted to the cat-and-mouse strategizing, surprise turns and a few moments of actual warmth.

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