Mark Caro

Mark Caro

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Tribune
Critics' Group:
Chicago Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
290

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1.5/4 58% Blast from the Past (1999) " That's a relatively clever set-up for what's become a familiar genre: the time-displacement comedy, in which we get a kick out of viewing our era through another era's eyes. But this movie's eyes, Adam's, are awfully twinkly and not too focused." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2/4 40% Can't Hardly Wait (1998) " Kaplan and Elfont provide a real public service by showing how underage binge drinking can boost bookish students' social lives." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 19, 2014
3.5/4 88% Chasing Amy (1997) " The performances are universally strong. The goateed Affleck makes for a particularly sympathetic protagonist; he has the looks and confidence of a lady-killer, but nagging befuddlement and vulnerability are rarely far from the surface." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 87% The Matrix (1999) " The Wachowskis and cinematographer Bill Pope take advantage of currently available technical trickery to create visually distinct levels of reality while setting high-speed cameras in motion to make the action sequences particularly dynamic and fluid." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 21, 2013
1.5/4 6% Solo (1996) " These escapist showdown movies are only as good as their villains and heroes. The heavies here are more of those ubiquitous gung-ho military types who are due to be dishonorably discharged from further cinematic duty." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 28, 2013
1/4 0% Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991) " When an old scallawag spies on Lilli bathing naked in a waterfall, we civilized viewers are primed to condemn him. But we're all scallawags here." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 21, 2013
2/4 32% Radio Flyer (1992) " A queasy combination of whimsy and child abuse." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 20, 2013
2/4 81% Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993) " The violence is too realistic (though not terribly graphic) to qualify as cartoony escapism, yet the movie lacks the sophistication, vision or satirical edge to lay claim to any higher purpose. It's merely dark for dark's sake." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2013
3/4 97% The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (2000) " Aviva Kempner's documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg does what a historical documentary should do. It tells an inspiring story while bringing the past to life and illuminating issues that persist today." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 19, 2013
3/4 83% The English Patient (1996) " With its fine acting, sumptuous visuals and levels of intrigue, The English Patient boasts the elements of something greater than a love story. Too bad it devotes them to something less than a great love story." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 24, 2013
2/4 55% Mr. Brooks (2007) " If you broke down Mr. Brooks in terms of structure, twists and momentum, you might give it high marks. The thing does move. To where is the problem." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 31, 2007
2/4 67% The Door in the Floor (2004) " Feels more about a situation than actual people. It's sensitively rendered, filled with those necessary evocative details, and it never rings true." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 16, 2004
3.5/4 94% Spider-Man 2 (2004) " 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." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 28, 2004
3.5/4 78% Two Brothers (2004) " There's something simple yet miraculous about watching these beautiful animals interact with the wild and each other, even if their actions are being manipulated for the sake of drama." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 24, 2004
1.5/4 70% Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story (2004) " Once you get beyond nostalgia for dodging red balls whipped at your head, there's little here." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 17, 2004
2/4 31% Around the World in 80 Days (2004) " This comedy is billed as being 'based on the novel by Jules Verne,' but 'suggested by' or 'borrowing the title and character names of' would be more accurate." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 16, 2004
3/4 96% Control Room (2004) " What Noujaim does show is the side rarely seen over here, and she does so in a way that's brisk, informative and even entertaining in its own wrenching way." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 10, 2004
2/4 29% The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) " The tightness of the Pitch Black horror-movie structure has been replaced by sprawl and lots of back story, geography and interstellar politics." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 10, 2004
3.5/4 91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) " Until now Harry Potter has been a great book character and a functional movie hero. With Cuaron leading the way, Harry has burst from the printed page to soar on-screen." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 3, 2004
1/4 18% Soul Plane (2004) " A prime example of a comedy that's all marketing." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 27, 2004
2/4 23% Raising Helen (2004) " You can take the director out of television, but sometimes you can't take television out of the director." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 27, 2004
2.5/4 64% Coffee and Cigarettes (2004) " 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." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 27, 2004
3/4 89% Shrek 2 (2004) " A solid if not groundbreaking yarn." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 18, 2004
2.5/4 31% Breakin' All the Rules (2004) " The best screwball comedies seem to breathe helium, but this one never gets airborne." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 13, 2004
2/4 11% New York Minute (2004) " The sense of calculation is overwhelming, down to the loose threads on Roxy's Metallica T-shirt." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 6, 2004
3.5/4 93% Super Size Me (2004) " You'll never think the same way about those two all-beef patties." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 6, 2004
1.5/4 7% Envy (2004) " A shaggy dog-poop story that'll make you wish you could spray something at the screen to make it disappear." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 29, 2004
2/4 64% 13 Going on 30 (2004) " The movie is as flighty and mixed up as the adolescent girl at its center." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 22, 2004
2.5/4 84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) " 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." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 15, 2004
2/4 30% The Alamo (2004) " Plays like your standard-issue modern war movie." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 8, 2004
2/4 81% Hellboy (2004) " The movie feels at odds with itself, embracing the comics' idiosyncratic creations without an idiosyncratic worldview." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 1, 2004
3/4 74% This Old Cub (2004) " An intimate, moving (if at times repetitive) tribute to the former Cubs third baseman and current radio commentator." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 25, 2004
3/4 73% Intermission (2003) " If Intermission isn't profound, it's got boisterous humor and energy." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 25, 2004
3/4 93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) " You constantly appreciate Kaufman's intelligence and Gondry's lively filmmaking." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 18, 2004
3/4 64% Spartan (2004) " Like Heist, Spartan includes its share of twists and doublecrosses, but it's so effective in immersing you in its dimly lit, claustrophobic world that you don't sit outside the action pondering how Mamet is trying to con you." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 11, 2004
2.5/4 63% Starsky & Hutch (2004) " If a movie rises and falls solely on the basis of its laughs, it better have a lot of them. Starsky & Hutch doesn't." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 4, 2004
1.5/4 29% Club Dread (2004) " Outrageous comedy isn't meant to be this safe." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 26, 2004
3/4 96% Osama (2004) " Derives most of its power from providing a clear window on a previously obscured world." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 19, 2004
3/4 13% Welcome To Mooseport (2004) " Welcome to Mooseport isn't a belly-laugh farce. It's more along the lines of a My Cousin Vinny, where you just enjoy almost everybody who crosses the screen." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 19, 2004
2/4 44% 50 First Dates (2004) " Sandler's movies always have combined juvenile humor with sentimentality, but the two rarely have seemed so out of synch." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 12, 2004
2.5/4 80% Miracle (2004) " An effective exercise in flag-waving nostalgia." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 5, 2004
3/4 75% House of Sand and Fog (2003) " You feel you not only know these people but where they come from." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 4, 2004
62% The Impostors (1999) Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 4, 2004
43% Mouse Hunt (Mousehunt) (1997) Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 4, 2004
2.5/4 33% The Butterfly Effect (2004) " Aside from this movie's switcheroos, it's hard to pinpoint the entertainment value here." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 22, 2004
2/4 26% Along Came Polly (2004) " Some movies run out of gas. This one could use an alternate fuel source." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 15, 2004
3/4 77% Peter Pan (2003) " Works as mind-tickling entertainment that never stoops to the vulgarities or frenetic pacing of most family films." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 23, 2003
2.5/4 71% Cold Mountain (2003) " In terms of pedigree and sheer, lush filmmaking, the movie has class written all over it. And that's part of the problem." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 23, 2003
3.5/4 77% The Cooler (2003) " If you'd thought Macy had explored every nook and cranny of loserville in such movies as Fargo and Magnolia, think again: He makes Bernie into someone brand new." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 18, 2003
3/4 74% Calendar Girls (2003) " It creates a strong sense of a living, breathing community, and you root for its affectionately drawn characters as they experience the giddiness of triumph without forgetting the project's bittersweet inspiration." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 18, 2003
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