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 Finding Nemo
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Cancun
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 252
252 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    You can interpret Lost in La Mancha as a sort of triumph of the creative spirit. Gilliam's darkest gallows humor always comes with a smile.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    You find yourself tricked and having enjoyed the experience after all.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Sure, you've seen some of these moves before, but Save the Last Dance triumphantly passes the audition.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Gripping in purely cinematic terms as an imaginatively told tale of sibling rivalry and the pressures of great expectations.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    The surprise here isn't that 15 Minutes isn't a masterpiece; it's that the movie works at all.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Without insult to either film, Anger Management could be called "Punch-Drunk Love" for the masses.
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    The movie sticks with you, thanks to LaBute's observational powers and the three impressive lead performances. [15 August 1997, Friday, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    With such skilled filmmaking and committed acting on display, Narc is far more a score than a bust.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Boasts the elements of something greater than a love story. Too bad it devotes them to something less than a great love story. [22 November 1996, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Presents a few too many hugs and arguments over what's best for Will. But ultimately, the movie, like its protagonist, boasts an integrity and intelligence that are tough not to admire. [25 December 1997, Tempo, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Liman packs enough firepower into The Bourne Identity to please the summer action fan, including a reshot climax that contains one of the niftier stunts I've seen recently. The centerpiece action sequence is a bravura car chase through Paris, yet the moments that bookend it are equally impressive.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    Fincher has a dazzling command of visual storytelling.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    The abundance of visual and verbal wit here ensures that the pleasure of watching Snatch need not be guilty.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    A well-told, vividly imagined movie that doesn't pretend to be more than it is and doesn't lean on pop-culture references to win over its viewers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    The Spider-Man saga is a classic for a reason, and the filmmakers don't squander the material's strengths.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Caro
    The outline of Murder by Numbers may be familiar, but the filmmakers and Bullock do an expert job of filling in the colors.

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