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
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    The movie may not be as toxic and ultimately hopeless as Todd Solondz's "Happiness," but it also fails to find humor, dark or light, in anything.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Even at a mere 82 minutes, the movie is guilty of killing time. It's not a complete Kaputschnik, but it's sure no Bellini.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Much of the value -- entertainment and otherwise -- of seeing a culture-specific movie is to connect with a larger world than your everyday life offers.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    An innocuous teen film.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    For those seeking the vibrant innovation of Tarantino's first movies or the sheer rush of "Kill Bill, Vol. 1," Vol. 2 feels like a dulled blade.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    A serious movie made by seriously talented people, and I never quite came 'round to it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Of course, you expect talking animals in a Disney cartoon; you just may not initially realize that Dinosaur is the three-dimensional equivalent of one.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    The frustrating part is that Only the Strong Survive includes at least as many mundane moments as soul-stirring ones -- and the film isn't much more than a collection of moments.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Lazy, predictable and even dumb about what happens away from the tables. [11 Sept 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    The biggest factor working against Mouse Hunt may be its chilliness. Like some of the Coen brothers' work, it's so stylized that it often keeps you at an arm's length instead of sucking you into its whirlwind.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    It remains an expertly assembled companion piece to its source material, with charms you can't overlook. But the great Harry Potter should be casting a more powerful spell.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    The draggy ones make you restless while the best ones, like the movie's title ingredients, provide a buzz that doesn't last long enough.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    So intent on driving home its worthy if not mind-blowing message that it becomes surprisingly conventional.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Action junkies may enjoy this non-stop barrage, which barely pauses for anything but the most rudimentary (albeit complicated) plot exposition.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Impresses more than it entertains.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    This is camp, pure and simple, and unless the translators have taken far greater liberties than is apparent, the filmmakers know it.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Smith's strongest suit is writing dialogue that slips smart insights in between pop-culture references and raunchy language.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    This is "Ghostbusters" meets "Men in Black" meets a whole lot of butt humor.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    The filmmaker's imagination is too rich for Spy Kids 3-D to be written off as a failure. But it's too bad that while the visuals have gained a dimension, the story has lost one.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Neither sinful nor particularly bad, the movie nonetheless diverts us when it should transport us. Its heroes' hearts may lie out at sea, but its soul never leaves dry land.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    A point is being made about how a criminal creates his own myth, but the ways Read twists and embellishes the truth become progressively less interesting.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    The movie's title refers to a comment about how people grow at their own rates. Miller's movie has its moments of impressive velocity, but it never quite takes off.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Crowe's chilliest movie. In part this is by design. Like "Open Your Eyes," to which Crowe is mostly faithful, Vanilla Sky is a head trip that merges thriller, romance and science-fiction elements while playing with our notions of dreams and reality.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    There's some undeniable appeal to watching a well-oiled, built-for-speed machine operating with its pedal to the metal -- even if it's destined to wind up in flames before the finish line.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    It's a dreary movie about a dreary character, offering little insight into her poetry or the mental illness that ultimately conquered her.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    The absurd meets the violent meets the droll, and we just watch from the outside, never having been drawn in by anything resembling believable feelings or behavior.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    It's not naughty. It's nice. Naughty is funnier.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    In Uptown Girls Murphy is like a puppy in traffic; you're confident she'll reach the curb but only because the cars are swerving, not because her moves are so deft.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    As Cruel Intentions progresses, you may come to realize that if a bomb suddenly blew up everyone on screen, you wouldn't particularly miss anyone.
    • 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.

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