For 268 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 lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Caro's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Capturing the Friedmans
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Cancun
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 268
268 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Caro
    My Father, the Hero isn't just a one-joke movie, but believe it or not, that's by far the best joke. [4 Feb 1994, p.K]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Envy is a shaggy dog-poop story that'll make you wish you could spray something at the screen to make it disappear.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Caro
    By re-imagining a pivotal, terrible 24 hours, Greengrass has made a must-see film that is timely - and timeless.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Leans on just as many stereotypes as it tweaks.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Caro
    The more you learn, the more questions you have about life in that Great Neck house. Leo Tolstoy wrote that "every unhappy family is unhappy in its own fashion," but not even he could have invented the Friedmans.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    While the movie's heroes lay everything on the line, Miracle is too content to skate along the surface.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Now that Smith has gotten these characters and jokes out of his system, here's hoping he can turn to material that doesn't require winking at the audience.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Caro
    It's funny, moving and true, and it respects the audience's intelligence as much as the characters'. That combination, no matter the movie's label, deserves to be treasured.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Caro
    It's not naughty. It's nice. Naughty is funnier.
    • 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
    • 34 Metascore
    • 0 Mark Caro
    This movie thrusts you so close to these intoxicated idiots that you practically have to wipe off secondhand tequila, sweat and spit stains afterward.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    Kutcher delivers a credibly serious performance as Evan, and he's surrounded by a skilled supporting cast.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Caro
    Just say no.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Caro
    The tweaking here feels affectionate, yet you soon suspect that these subjects make for awfully easy pickings.

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