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 Blind Spot. Hitler's Secretary
Lowest review score: 0 Norbit
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    A gentle and often beautiful study in opposites.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    This a film where men on both sides of the line are seasoned and efficient. Men after Mamet's own heart.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Playful, predictable and more than a little precious, this entertaining if slight romantic farce makes it's hard not to mourn the loss of the adult romantic comedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    The gags hit more than they miss, and Stiller has moments of inspired absurdity, but he's capable of something more cutting and clever. It's junk food moviemaking: fun to snack on, but hardly a substantial meal.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Like a boulder bouncing down a long hill, the momentum keeps the film barreling along to the tragic inevitability promised in the opening titles.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Plays largely like a performer's showpiece, with all the showboating and not so surprising character twists that entails, but Stettner comes out the other end with a pleasantly modest and satisfying revelation.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Salva spins a backwoods serial killer setup into something really scary.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Less a story than a film of emotional textures, this is a study in stasis.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It's so earnest it hurts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    At its best, The Good Girl is a refreshingly adult take on adultery, where the dark humor and offbeat fringe characters don't get in the way of the consequences or the quiet declarations of devotion slipped between the words.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    The sentiment smacks of "Titanic" for teens, but that doesn't make it any less valid, or the quietly told coda any less lovely.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Charged with raucous energy and a satirical slant, this witty history lesson is preaching to the converted, sharing a knowing wink with everyone who's ever inhaled.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It feels too self-satisfied, but the prickly personalities and relationships have the ring of experience.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It's often helplessly hilarious in its adolescent gross-out way, yet the cast periodically invests the film with sweetness.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    This isn't the Bollywood blast of color and song or the brassy razzle-dazzle of "Chicago," but a quieter, sweeter approach that works against the chaotic comedy while humanizing the characters.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    A B-movie goof on an A-minus budget, Returner is a mini-epic tweaked with computer effects and one blazing gun battle after another and set to an anonymous techno-beat.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It's still too shrill and silly to take seriously, but the high spirits and naïve message of tolerance and pride is oddly, innocently winning.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    So familiar you may have moments of deja vu.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    An acid movie flashback a la Oliver Stone.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Gozu is prime evidence in the argument that gonzo gangster movie maverick Takashi Miike is a major director goofing on minor works.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Empowers its 14-year-olds and comes through with a Cinderella story sure to charm every girl who isn't part of the cool clique.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It's a passionate film powered by the righteous anger of injustice.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    So stuffed with Maddin-ess that it never manages to get past the glorious surfaces. McKinney strides through his role with a knowing wink, and the sheer volume of creative imagery is as distracting as it is entertaining.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    I'd like to think it's all a joke, that far from a dream this is actually Linklater's idea of a nightmare.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    There's nothing sophisticated or inventive about it, but Cube has fun with his characters and first-time director Marcus Raboy drives the film with enough momentum and energy to make the gags flow together almost like a real story. That's enough to carry it through another Friday.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It may not be original, but it's often shamelessly funny and more clever than I expected. Not much, mind you, but enough to catch me off guard with a few surprise throws.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Tries to both spoof the fairy tale and retell it from a fresh angle. Curiously enough, its strength lies in the clever approach, and not the goofy comedy around the edges.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Many will be left scratching their heads at the point of the entire enterprise, but fans of Jarmusch's askew view will clink coffee mugs and toast to the glories of human eccentricity.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Cute and often clever, there's nothing particularly memorable in this computer enhanced rerun, but this harmless little comedy has an unexpected warmth that melts the frozen plot.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It's more thrill ride than movie and Wong plays it that way: no sentiment, no complications and no pesky story to get in the way of an arsenal of flashy special effects.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    A loving tribute to Hong Kong stuntmen by one of their own, the directorial debut of stuntman-turned-actor Robin Shou ("Mortal Kombat") is a wince-inducing behind-the-scenes look at the way contemporary Hong Kong action cinema is created.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It's nothing new, but Hawke captures some evocative textures and honest moments.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Full of compassion and good intentions, but Kirkman never spins the stories into compelling cinema.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Doom may be by the numbers, with a roll call of colorful types systematically exterminated while The Rock entertains with cartoonish expressions and reactions (the closest the film comes to personality).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The warmth of Baker as the cuddly nature boy (another idealized image, certainly, but a romantic one) and the intelligence and fire of Lathan give the lesson, and movie, just enough heart to make it enjoyable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    For all of its minor pleasures, this encore lacks the depth of its conviction.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's a bright, swiftly paced story with some spirited humor.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    No, it's not the big screen version of "24." For one thing, Sutherland is in the wrong role.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    There's simply nobody beneath the derisive attitude worth caring about.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's weird, clean, good-natured fun, and it's far too subdued for its madcap milieu.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The attitude is older, maybe a tad sentimental, and as adolescent and reckless as ever. Whether that's a good thing depends on your appreciation for dead-end conversations, geek debates and the Smithspeak sandbox of creative vulgarity.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's bright, colorful and udder-ly unmemorable.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    A bland Bond.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Well-intentioned but not very well directed, it makes for a better psychological profile than a film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The unchecked enthusiasm of McGinley as the touchy-feely renovation guru gives slow-burn Cube the perfect foil and mellows the malicious comic tone. The rest is pure slapstick.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    There are no surprises in this match, but director Fumihiko Sori makes the games visually thrilling.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Under the lingerie model façade beats the heart of a celestial Dr. Phil.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Evening is so distanced from the emotions of the story that it never breathes on its own.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The film ultimately swindles its own story.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Favors pageantry over substance.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    There are too many unearned runs to fully embrace this underdog triumph.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Abigail Breslin, the preteen Oscar nominee for "Little Miss Sunshine" and the most effortless actress of her generation, plays the precocious little girl part without overdoing the precociousness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Imagine Warren Beatty in "Shampoo" by way of a Jewish Rambo.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's a little sloppy and full of convenient coincidences, but at its best roils with edgy character tensions.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's funny. Dumb, yes, but funny.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The result is a great-looking movie with an awkward balance of pulp noir and campy self-awareness.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    A strangely warm, affectionate look at bad behavior amid emotional damage and a stranglehold of identity issues.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    As action movies seem to get more complicated and convoluted with international conspiracies and technological concepts, the "Transporter" franchise is refreshingly simple.
    • 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").
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Easily the least passionate romantic comedy I've seen in years.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    A modest but amiable comedy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Barely substantial enough for a feature but just light and tasty enough to satisfy.
    • 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.