For 257 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 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Caro's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 City of God
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Cancun
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 257
257 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    A stirring, emotionally true testament to foolish bravery as well as shameful evidence of the severity with which it is so often punished.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    More intent on engaging the heart as it explores the mysteries contained within - mysteries that, as Lawrence and his spot-on cast demonstrate, are far more compelling than simple murder.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Generates genuine tension because it's propelled by actual human feeling, which, these days, turns out to be a surprisingly thrilling prospect. [11 Dec 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    The actors and writing lend unexpected dimension to all of the characters, and Lopez's Harry is an indelible antagonist, one who manages to be genuinely big-hearted and evil.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Such a stylistic inconsistency might be bothersome in another film, but here it's just part of the texture.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Washington, typically, is rock-solid in front of the camera, conveying ample warmth and sympathy. Behind the camera, he's a relatively straightforward storyteller, strategic in his use of lyrical touches.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    A puzzle movie in which the puzzle is actually worth the time and effort to solve.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Combining the immediacy of the Internet and the wise perspective of history, Startup.com proves that investing in real-life drama can reap rich dividends.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    Takes a premise that seems ripe for broad, vulgar joking and turns it into a sly, even subtle, comedy.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    The day after seeing it, you're less likely to fixate on the flaws than to find yourself experiencing chuckle aftershocks as you recall the most outrageous gags. In these days of mostly forgettable comedies, that sensation has become all too rare. [15 July 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    A brilliant, absurd collection of vignettes that, in their own idiosyncratic way, sum up the strange horror of life in the new millennium.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    That it's got a positive message may strike some as decidedly not "edgy" -- but they should be too busy stomping their feet to notice.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    This clear-eyed, low-budget drama is populated by troubled teens whose stories aren’t packaged in neat little bows. Their histories are sad, their feelings raw, their futures uncertain.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    If Intermission isn't profound, it's got boisterous humor and energy, with U2's rollicking "Out of Control" leading the charge. Given the grimness of many Irish tales, Intermission represents less of a pause than a burst into a fresh direction.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Plays more like a gritty, episodic British independent film powered by a soundtrack of Who songs that illuminate the main character's turbulent emotions.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    LaBute never loses sight of what shape he wishes this crafty story to take. In the end, his aim is true.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    If you like Redford, Spy Game will be a real treat: a fast electric thriller full of the old Sundance charm and pizzazz.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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