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 Y Tu Mamá También
Lowest review score: 0 Gummo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 252
252 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    A throwback to the family films of the 1970s, like one of Disney's goofy capers crossed with "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Has such a cheerfully zingy energy that you keep rooting for it even when its jokes turn flatter than a jump shot at a YMCA pickup game.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Appeals to a universal appetite for stories that are as rich and warm as they are flavorful.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    The Rookie may be pushing buttons, but at least they're the right buttons.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    It's as if the movie itself has been sprinkled with fairy dust, and good thing, too: The world of Peter Pan is, at heart, so troublesome that it might as well also be enchanting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Gripping in purely cinematic terms as an imaginatively told tale of sibling rivalry and the pressures of great expectations.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    This is one of those films that can accurately be described as small. Mostly, you just appreciate the time spent with these particular people in this particular place.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    A surprisingly insightful, non-judgmental meditation on a troubled marriage-with-kids.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Does it immerse the uninitiated into a new, fabulous world? Yes. To the book's many readers, does this feel like the real "Harry Potter"? For the most part, yes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Mamet being Mamet, the story has far greater repercussions than whether the kidnap victim will be returned to safety. This is a tale of grand conspiracies, formidable forces, shadow warfare; the more that is revealed, the higher the stakes become.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Eighty-six minutes proves to be more than enough time to spend with these characters, but the Hughes Brothers make the case that this is a subculture as compelling as it is repellent.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    (Mitchell's) Hansel may be small-boned and soft-featured in an androgynous way, but his Hedwig is a force of nature, burned out and jaded yet brimming with compassion and bursting with energy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Control Room isn't a systematic dissection of Al Jazeera's possible biases regarding the U.S. or Israel; it's noted that Arabs almost invariably view the war with Iraq in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while Americans rarely do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Cunningham's and Woolf's novels are dedicated to capturing a person's essence through the events of a single day, and Daldry's film is faithful to that aim. But the range of life presented here feels constricted; the movie misses the sublime for all of the despair.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Stockwell deserves kudos for working mental illness into a teen story without making it the explicit focus, as in simplistic exercises like "Girl, Interrupted."
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    While the movie's heroes lay everything on the line, Miracle is too content to skate along the surface.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Isn't exactly a good movie, but it turns out not to be bad, either. It's a romantic comedy that strains to be screwball but at least is likable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    The movie leaves us with the image of rich folks frantically dancing the Charleston because if they stop, they'll have nothing. The point is as untrue as it is simplistic.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    For a movie that begins so intriguingly, Boiler Room becomes boilerplate all too quickly.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 30 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Kutcher delivers a credibly serious performance as Evan, and he's surrounded by a skilled supporting cast.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    The tweaking here feels affectionate, yet you soon suspect that these subjects make for awfully easy pickings.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Alternately sweet and mean, sophisticated and vulgar, witty and base, dazzling and ugly, charming and charmless.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    This is a profoundly unambitious movie, a '70s cop show spoof that aims to provoke a few giggles, and that's about it.

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