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

Sean Axmaker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Standard Operating Procedure
Lowest review score: 0 What Love Is
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 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.

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