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 6.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sean Axmaker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 51 Birch Street
Lowest review score: 0 Pretty Persuasion
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    For all of its minor pleasures, this encore lacks the depth of its conviction.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The kids have good chemistry, there's some fun oddball humor stuck in around the slapstick, and the gorgeous photography of the Gulf Coast beaches, waterways and wildlife brings their mission to life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Rambling and easygoing, Nico and Dani is a modest but frank look at adolescent lust, both heterosexual and homosexual.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Despite Clement's best efforts to make Jarrod a deadpan oddball nerd, it becomes apparent early on that excessive teenage eccentricity and terminal self-delusion isn't quite as cute in the adult male and absent father.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Full of sharp ideas and wry moments awaiting the inspired ingenuity of a screwball comedy to pull it all together. It never comes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Whether Mann's film will make a difference, however, is another question. He devotes little time to really exploring the issues, leaving the film a patchwork of assertions that, while they may be true, have to be taken on faith.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Evening is so distanced from the emotions of the story that it never breathes on its own.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Maybe it's fantasy fatigue, but for all the pretty effects and breathless chases and goblin war battles, the sense of wonder and magic is lost in the shuffle.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Along the way the film loses sight of the joy of music that supposedly pushes them all.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    A modest but amiable comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Ultimately a primer. Without actually putting it in direct terms, it proposes a revolutionary solution, not just in Argentina but everywhere that the corporate culture has failed its workers and their communities.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    A bland Bond.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    xXx
    Momentum, motivation and story are all swallowed by simple sensation, and the film finally exhausts itself for lack of stylistic imagination.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's so affected and arch it flops into self parody.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Little Nicky will please Sandler's fans and likely won't win any converts.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Easily the least passionate romantic comedy I've seen in years.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Presents itself as tragedy with the insensitive Joe as its tragic hero, but Joe's fantasies of artistic rebellion and individualism have rotted into simple, solipsistic selfishness.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The result is a great-looking movie with an awkward balance of pulp noir and campy self-awareness.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The film is inoffensive, and Baldwin is fun and engaging.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    This is one family reunion where you need someone to act up or pick a fight, anything to bring a little life to the party.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The film is thrown off balance by the weight of Norton's compassion for this troubled soul.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    For all its pronouncements, it's a frothy romantic lark.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Competently directed by Christian music producer Steve Taylor, it's a sincerely (if not exactly subtly) performed spiritual drama with a faith-based lesson in humility and the practical charity of offering a helping hand.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's funny. Dumb, yes, but funny.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    To call the haphazard string of gags a story is to give it far too much credit, but it is funny in a blunt, profane frat boy way, thanks to the bulldozing energy of Ferrell, the smarmy manipulations of Vaughn and the anything-for-a-laugh excess of Phillips.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Ledger mumbles his entire performance (some of it barely legible) as a fuzzy, friendly, happily passive heroin addict and sometime poet, as if he's too blissed out to even open his mouth as he simply drifts along with his addiction.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Kilner's light touch keeps the romantic pair dancing around their romance without tripping, but as the film reaches the inevitable happy ending, the steps look all too familiar.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    At times it gets lost in the backwaters, but the eccentric characters and offbeat humor make it an entertaining detour.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    For all of the credibility of the performances (or at least the teens), it all feels like recycled social commentary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's not sleepy, it's comatose, and writer/director Josh Sternfeld never wakes it up with anything as crass as a plot.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The result is a heartfelt film brimming with ideas and passion but hampered by a literal approach that douses the emotional heat.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's weird, clean, good-natured fun, and it's far too subdued for its madcap milieu.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The restraint so magnificently applied in "The Remains of the Day" has simply fallen into disconnection.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    At 140 minutes, the film becomes a humorless, long-winded spectacle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The curious character study is a comedy in a minor key, but for all White's fascination with Peggy, he brings little conviction to the healing message under all this creepiness and social awkwardness, beyond what Shannon brings to the role.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    For all its energy and inspired moments of giddy goofiness, Psycho Beach Party gets stuck in the sand.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Even as the prosaic script gets lost in the intoxicating fantasy of the bloodless revolution, the hot heartbeat of the music drives the film with pure energy.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    A competent concoction of familiar ingredients, smothered with gothic mood and served up with a generous helping of teenagers: skewered, slashed and stabbed.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Disarmingly funny in its own naive way.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Imagine Warren Beatty in "Shampoo" by way of a Jewish Rambo.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Apart from the gender twists, there is one notable difference between the traditional slasher flick and this gay take: Here, even the nice boy gets it on. And he doesn't even get punished for it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The cozy, lived-in atmosphere created by the ensemble and the unlikely chemistry of Carell and Binoche are so genuine that you wish the rest of the film was just as effortless and authentic.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Director Casey La Scala directs with enough energy to carry the odyssey over the next ramp, but for all the eagerness of the performances, the conviction is strictly prepackaged.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Backseat satisfies itself with small observations and minor breakthroughs of self-awareness. In the scheme of their lives, this journey is just a speed bump, jolting them awake for a brief moment. The rest is up to them.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Mostly it's a series of dream-image clues scribbled out by juvenile seer Fanning, followed by super-powered smackdowns between agents and mercenaries with slangy titles like watchers, stitchers and sniffers.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's about as convincing as any other Arnie musclefest, but has a little too much resonance with real world events and ultimately comes off as insultingly simplistic.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Director Alfredo De Villa doesn't play it for the kind of knockabout comedy so often seen in these films (like the shrill hit "Four Christmases").
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's the soulless quality of so many films that value devious plots, smug deception and quirky personality traits over actual story and character.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Feels like the effort of a tired artist reworking the same themes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Black's apoplectic fits and sardonic rants are strictly a bonus for the parents dragged along for the adolescent shenanigans.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The film ultimately swindles its own story.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Pitches itself somewhere between "Bound" and "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels," trying to add a feminist twist to the spate of Britain's bloody gangster thrillers and never quite succeeding.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The story -- something to do with an ancient evil returning after 3,000 years -- plays like a multi-episode story arc of the TV series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Buscemi gets a fine performance from Miller and plays his part with a murky mix of self-pity, opportunism and arrogance. A few scenes crackle with their intensity. The rest of it wallows in glib acrimony and cynicism.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Selick proves a clumsy director of live-action scenes and never overcomes the muddled, half-baked script or the scatological gags.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Writer/director Michael McCullers sprinkles the film with sight gags and comic characters (the lisping birth coach becomes funny out of sheer doggedness), but his pacing is poor and doesn't know how to showcase the small-screen chemistry of Fey and Poehler on the big screen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Given the possibilities it's not particularly inventive, but it is nice to see a comedy so affectionate with the conventions it spoofs.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's hardly original and rarely laugh-out-loud funny -- the filmmakers constantly fall back on the sight of bounding balloon Jimmy squeezing his way out of one situation after another.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    If Chadha never quite overcomes her cliches, her good-natured humor and familial faith gives it a warm, winsome dimension.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The movie's a little thin for the two-hour running time, but likable enough for its schoolgirl audience and painless enough for the adults doomed to be dragged along.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The Rock manages to play both with a crude candor more genuine than the entertaining if contrived spectacle around him, and a surprising big-screen charisma and ease that makes him a natural-born screen hero.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Well-meaning portrait of intolerance concludes as grand tragic melodrama, executed with a stately beauty in somber colors.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Full of compassion and good intentions, but Kirkman never spins the stories into compelling cinema.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's a fine moral and an admirable statement, but it's the portrait of an icon rather than the story of the person thrust into that position.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's a passionate vision thick with eroticism, but the musky atmosphere gets a little thick and murky.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Under the lingerie model façade beats the heart of a celestial Dr. Phil.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The boys and girls are so busy acting out their romantic fantasies or soulfully pining over impossible loves that, however photogenic they may be, they never seem to actually live their lives.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The curiously stylized piece, shot in a muted palette with performances to match (the cast is perhaps too restrained given the theatrical framework), is dramatically colorless, but the moods and moments are crafted with kinky grace.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    This is one of those capers doomed to unravel in comic chaos, but it finally plays less like a con gone wrong than a long, lazy, insubstantial shaggy dog story coasting on nothing but charm.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    For all the clumsy scenes and cloying performances, director Patricia Riggen puts her adults through tough choices and hard consequences.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's a little sloppy and full of convenient coincidences, but at its best roils with edgy character tensions.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Best enjoyed by keeping in mind the latest cinematic proposition that apocalyptic disaster doesn't bring out the worst in people, only the stupidest.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Apparently there's a fresh generation ready to take this at face value. That, in its own way, is refreshing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's often funny but it flails around like a chicken with its head cut off, flapping and squawking and making a spectacle, but never really going anywhere.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Ultimately less psychological thriller than polemic about the effects of living in an atmosphere of paranoia fed by daily threat-level assessments and round-the-clock TV news-channel coverage of fear-mongering speeches.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Grand and imaginatively designed epic that forgets that the spectacle -- and this is nothing if not spectacular -- is just the flourish.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    There are no surprises in this match, but director Fumihiko Sori makes the games visually thrilling.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Does its job colorfully and entertainingly, as long as you don't lean too hard on such niggling details as logic, legality and the laws of physics.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Though it's rarely dull, first-time feature director Yasuo Inoue has a better eye for intriguing and unusual imagery than dramatic staging, and he illustrates his points long before he runs out of un-endings.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    No, it's not the big screen version of "24." For one thing, Sutherland is in the wrong role.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    A collision of medieval fantasy and commando action movie, where you can almost believe in the high-concept mix-and-matching.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Makes a great time capsule, a shot-on-the-streets glimpse into the texture of a bygone time, place and attitude, but a listless, lightweight odyssey.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    In place of the dysfunctional family Christmas story we've come to expect for the holidays, The Family Stone gives us a cheerfully uncensored, generic counterculture clan and tosses a tightly wound control freak into the center of their holiday celebration.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Under Schnabel's direction, it becomes stilted and static, if not simplistic.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    P2
    The minor pleasures of P2 lie in the simple effectiveness of the sleekly unshowy direction and the clean, unadorned script, which pares away extraneous distractions like motivation and complicated back stories to get on with the mechanics of tension and the obligatory jumps and startles (which stand in for genuine scares).
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Cranks up the hysteria to screechy sitcom levels.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Barely substantial enough for a feature but just light and tasty enough to satisfy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The result is a film with an identity crisis, a fluffy romantic farce that gets progressively darker, more destructive and finally so downright demented that the featherweight story line is crushed under the weight of brutal, unpleasant truth.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Taking on the sneeringly blase Alig may be a cagey career move for Culkin, but it's a disappointingly thin performance.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It comes out less like a spoof than a smart-aleck remake of "Meatballs," minus the energy of Bill Murray.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    A lively and lightweight comedy, the film finally connects with the real-life rush of playing music for a live audience.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's a pretense of even-handedness. The true story has been reduced to a case for faith. It merely sacrifices all reason to get there.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    So grim and humorless that the first half almost sinks into silliness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Too hip to play it straight and too cool to resort to an actual story, Hartley turns the whole rambling spy game into a puzzle box where every certainty is thrown into doubt, every character has a hidden motive, and every clue is contradicted.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    A perfectly competent, if undistinguished, action film that smoothes over all the most interesting bumps in the drama.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Favors pageantry over substance.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's flashy, it's often funny ...,and it resembles a movie so much that soon it demands something resembling motivation, character, a plot, anything to explain the seemingly arbitrary connections between the stunts and the skits.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    For all the tough-minded talk and frank portraits of inner-city life, however, the film is not altogether convincing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Rich with emotional turmoil and searing beauty, but it could have used a little more time in the editing room to make sense of it all.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It probably cost less than the catering budget of average Adam Sandler comedy and, in its own hit-and-miss scattershot fashion, it's about as funny. At least when it hits.

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