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

Sean Axmaker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Before Sunset
Lowest review score: 0 National Lampoon's Gold Diggers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    The annoying shaky-cam style so common to such indie dramas is toned down to a dreamy sway and the image drifts in and out of focus in scenes of heightened emotions. It's like waking from a daze and getting your bearings; the effect is both unsettling and calming.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    You can't help but root for Akeelah as she reclaims the pride in her talents and her achievements. That's an idea worth spelling out to a young audience.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    The story is slim but the script is snappy and the film moves with a fluid rhythm that charges up to a rollercoaster pace.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Don't expect a meaningful resolution, just a bouncy comedy with some hilarious moments in the stray ricochets.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    The "guest cast" includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Allison Janney and Sarah Jessica Parker, but all are upstaged by Greg Hollimon's cheerfully corrupt Principal Blackman and Sedaris.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Verbinski, Depp and company just want to make it the best ride you've had all summer. If that's all you demand of a frothy summer blockbuster, then this delivers the goods.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    The guys of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe (of "Super Troopers" fame) are neither subtle nor especially ingenious. But in the age of gross-out gags and high-concept gimmicks, they throw themselves into the raucous, rude style of '70s film comedy with shameless glee.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It's colorful and determinedly kooky, with "Kung Fu" references and an H.R. Pufnstuf interlude between performances.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It's messy and painful, eased only the admirable modesty of Stockman's writing and direction.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It's the warmth and resolve and humility of the young men that keeps us going. It may be more ennobling than introspective, but these three earn their nobility.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    As exasperating as it is conventionally satisfying.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It's entertaining if not exactly enlightening.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    A pointed satire of the dumbing down of network TV with a sour tone and a broad execution.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    At best, it's an inspired piece of free-association pop art held together by sheer momentum, at worst a noisy mess of juvenile nonsense passing itself off as a movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    The film's greatest triumph, at least on a technical level, is the amazing texture of the water, which has never looked so dramatic or convincing in an animated film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    There's not a lot of story here and the dialogue lacks the snap one usually gets in New York stories of affluent young adults, but the characters have an authenticity.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It's nothing new, but Hawke captures some evocative textures and honest moments.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    As much a call to action as a documentary, it's a compelling and sobering lesson in the devastating effect of human industry on the planet. But a lesson nonetheless.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Part treasure hunt, part disturbia.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    The perfectly dressed surfaces couldn't be more lovely, but the long fashion show to the finale smothers the emotions under the length and the look, and Lee's insights into the messy feelings that simmer and stew in the hothouse of sex are, frankly, fairly mundane.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    A sweet little comedy, as easygoing and warmly innocuous as the benign irony of the title.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Amanda Peet exudes her patented mix of charm, beauty, humor and smarts as the best friend who may become more than a friend.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Under De Palma's cool disconnection is an anger, and it's this anger that drives his act of political theater.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    A handsome documentary on a brutal subject.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Beautiful but empty.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It delivers everything you expect on a timetable you can predict to the minute. It's filmmaking as a cross between a carefully choreographed dance and an elaborate pageant.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    How She Move is the latest urban music drama from MTV Films, and it manages to give a familiar story a vivid jolt of character.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    What Spottiswoode lacks in subtlety and restraint, he balances with a heartfelt passion for the material.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    The script doesn't always find the most effective way to the heart of the conflicts and Berg struggles to balance the mix of tones and the conflicts of man and superman, but he never sacrifices the integrity of his characters or their relationships for an easy ending. That alone makes Hancock the most adult of the new wave of superhero dramas.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    A thoughtful and often evocative drama of identity and assimilation, but she leaves Nazneen so cocooned in her protective shell of disconnection that we can't connect emotionally.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Ghost Town reworks "Ghost" as a romantic comedy with a miserable hero who sees dead people and is really annoyed by them.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Is it too much to ask that the fictional scenes have at least some of the complexity and unpredictability of the real-life theater?
    • 31 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    A dumb film with a great conceptual hook from a director who visualizes better than he dramatizes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Zack and Miri is funny, and Rogen is a natural as Smith's alter-ego, spewing profane dialogue like he was born to it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    There's a dark and demented little psychodrama of self-inflicted madness beneath the narrative contrivances. Vigalondo's direction makes it work more like a waking nightmare than a genuine experience, and he gives it the quality of madness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    For all its impressive set pieces and breathless momentum, it's neither passionate nor urgent.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Little Nicky will please Sandler's fans and likely won't win any converts.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Well-meaning portrait of intolerance concludes as grand tragic melodrama, executed with a stately beauty in somber colors.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Under Schnabel's direction, it becomes stilted and static, if not simplistic.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    For all its energy and inspired moments of giddy goofiness, Psycho Beach Party gets stuck in the sand.
    • 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.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The film is inoffensive, and Baldwin is fun and engaging.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The restraint so magnificently applied in "The Remains of the Day" has simply fallen into disconnection.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    So grim and humorless that the first half almost sinks into silliness.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's the chemistry between the women and the droll scene-stealing wit and wolfish pessimism of Anna Chancellor that makes this "Two Weddings and a Funeral" fun.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Disarmingly funny in its own naive way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's all so visceral that it overwhelms the near-abstract story and smothers what passes for characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Rambling and easygoing, Nico and Dani is a modest but frank look at adolescent lust, both heterosexual and homosexual.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's an interesting experiment that doesn't quite work.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Barely substantial enough for a feature but just light and tasty enough to satisfy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Seeks to shock and to outrage, and so far it's done both quite nicely.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
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    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
    The result is a heartfelt film brimming with ideas and passion but hampered by a literal approach that douses the emotional heat.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Cranks up the hysteria to screechy sitcom levels.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    While it displays precious little originality or ingenuity, A Guy Thing is less graceless than most of its ilk and benefits from a likable cast.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    A perfectly competent, if undistinguished, action film that smoothes over all the most interesting bumps in the drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's more ambitious and passionate than thoughtful. Singleton is better at criticizing than understanding, and he leaves too many characters lacking a legitimate voice.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's a passionate vision thick with eroticism, but the musky atmosphere gets a little thick and murky.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Along the way the film loses sight of the joy of music that supposedly pushes them all.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    At 140 minutes, the film becomes a humorless, long-winded spectacle.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Director Troy Beyer, who adapted the original screenplay, can't seem to decide if this is a morality play or a music-video fantasy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    For all of its good-natured guff, Jersey Girl chooses uncomplicated sentiment over the messy complications of real life.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Hodges cuts the film like a diamond, but it's just an exercise in cut glass, an impressive surface that only looks tough.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    There's a gripping thriller between the gaps in logic. Director Florent Siri has a tough style and an unforgiving attitude, but it drowns in the queasy blood lust.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's so affected and arch it flops into self parody.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Autobiographical or not, the frankness and family hysteria of this rolling therapy session gets awkwardly intimate and at times tough to endure, as much for its raw candor as for its confessional contrivance. Too bad the revelations of past mistakes are more interesting than the story played out screen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Feels like the effort of a tired artist reworking the same themes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    More silly than funny.
    • 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.

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