For 884 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sean Axmaker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Descent
Lowest review score: 0 What Love Is
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    The plot is often bewilderingly complex and the dense layers of subterfuge hard to follow, but by the climax the fairy tale has been twisted into a fascist fable of realpolitik mercenary opportunism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    There may be no more sensual director in the world today than Hong Kong's Wong Kar-Wai.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    A masterpiece.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    It's a rich work, lush and lovely and bustling with activity but paced at a contemplative stroll, like a time lapse recording in first gear.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Densely layered, demanding and beautiful, Ruiz has found the perfect venue for his passions and created the most cinematically breathtaking film of the new millennium.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Achieves its social commentary through passion and poetry.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Vital and alive. Frustration and malaise rumble through every richly textured frame, but behind it all is a restlessness and a desire for something better.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    A celebration of the human spirit nothing short of sublime.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    In today's cynical cinematic climate, there's something beautiful in Miller's simple poetic justice.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
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    Sensitive and vivid response to the tangled issues of teen violence, race and self-esteem.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Some may find it slow. I found it utterly spellbinding.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Aoyama's monochrome images are filled with a simple shadowy beauty and his scenes are rich in tender sensitivity and empathy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    It's a chilly, lonely introduction to a man who has effectively stepped out of the social world of adult responsibility.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    The most sensuous and intimate work of cinema of the past few years, a film that luxuriates in the immediacy of the moment. There is no guilt to the act, only exhilaration, joy and freedom. At least for the moment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Think of easy jazz or soft soul, with Rudolph's cinematic improvisations soaring and circling the melody while adding quirky variations.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Makhmalbaf's astounding and haunting imagery tells a story of devastation, desperation and poverty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    This bracing portrait of a woman who painfully accepts her responsibility as a citizen is a revelation.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    A vivid, thoughtful, unapologetically raw coming-of-age tale full of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    The total effect is mesmerizing, an eye-opening tour of modern Beijing culture in a journey of rebellion, retreat into oblivion and return.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    In the best Altman manner there are no real heroes and villains, only people trapped by their vanity and ambition and the straitjackets of classism.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    What's most devastating in Capturing the Friedmans is how Jarecki puts the sureness of justice into doubt as he shows Truth (with a capital T) at the mercy of perspective and perception, context and emotion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    There's not a smarter, more demanding American film from the past year.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Inspiring without sinking into sentimentality or cliche, Hearts of Atlantis is intelligent, heartfelt and genuine, a rare story of childhood for adults.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    The Dardennes's masterful casting and austere style amplify this simple but powerful parable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    There are two kinds of people, my friend. Those who love Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and those who resist the machismo and gallows humor of what is arguably the definitive spaghetti western.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    From the first voyeuristic peek into the ruthless world to the haunting, accusatory, unforgettable final image, it's a brilliant, stunning piece of work, perhaps not Assayas' best, but certainly his most fearless and impassioned.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Isn't about a May-December romance or a brief encounter in a faraway place. It's about being alone in a crowd and the power of unexpected friendships.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Like the schoolkids in this adventure, from the opening images to the closing credits, I do, I do, I do believe in fairy tales.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Romantic, real and as generous as it is vulnerable, the art of conversation has rarely been so acute, honest and revealing.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    As empowering and triumphant a film as you'll see this or any year.