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

Sean Axmaker's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 National Lampoon's Gold Diggers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Venus is the second film from director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi to explore the sexual lives of folk that the movies treat as sexless -- the elderly. But where "The Mother" was a cold film of sexual greed and emotional pettiness, this robust yet delicate comic drama finds a kind of dignity in the old lothario whose vital life force struggles against a failing body.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    It has a tendency to overextend its outrageous arias, but this pop-art confection both spoofs and celebrates the crazy conventions of movie melodramas and genre cinema with pure affection.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Hot Fuzz is something all too rare in movie comedies: a story rather than a string of disjointed skits, with hearty characters behind its caricatures.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Sweet and sour and sexy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    There's nothing messy or unkempt about the beautifully, quietly heartbreaking story of unconditional love and emotional sacrifice.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Where you might expect either overheated teen melodrama or cartoonish farce, Nobuhiro creates a lively, engaging, character-driven piece with flourishes of offbeat humor dancing around the dynamics of the foursome as they pull together in rehearsals.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    These are mortal souls and unglamorous bodies and Ferran explores their affair in its earthy, physical and fleshy reality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    With less lampooning and satirical asides, Sicko may be less "entertaining" than Moore's previous films, but it's also more affecting and effective.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    It's all about the sheer visceral rush of mega action.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    You don't have to be a teenager to appreciate the raunchy humor and the uninhibited overkill of Seth's porn-obsessed chatter, though it probably helps to be a guy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    It's a fantasy of a crime epic, to be sure, but it's a glorious fantasy in which the unspoken bonds of brotherhood bathe every shootout and sacrifice in the light of myth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    The restraint of both director and actor makes this steely gangster drama reverberate long after it ends. This kind of mystery is rare in a film culture that demands answers before the credits roll.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    While Margot's casual cruelty and the scenes of squirmy discomfort are sometimes painful to watch, the rendering of this disastrous family reunion is seriously, savagely droll.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Captures the overwhelming and uncontrollable emotional assault of loving and living through captured moments and sensuous images.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Mamet is more respectful than exciting as an action director, but his fascination with how things work, be it the mechanics of designing and promoting a big pay-per-view event or battling a world-class Jiu-jitsu master, makes it all quite mesmerizing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    An engaging and generous profile of the fascinating folks who have chosen to live at the end of the world.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    One of the most hilarious and engaging films from producer Judd Apatow's often inconsistent comedy factory, thanks to inspired dialogue, dynamite chemistry between Rogen and Franco and perfectly pitched stoner gags (undoubtedly the result of copious research).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Hammer filmed on location with local nonactors. Their lack of polish is evident -- Smith's inexpressiveness, though part of his character, is simply blank at times -- but their conviction can be just as powerful.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    It's a little long and dissipates some of its power in an unfocused subplot, but the skewed sensibility of the film is both innocent and feral and offers a smart and satisfying reworking to the familiar genre. An American remake is already in the works.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Che
    It's all about Guevara's education as a revolutionary and his development as a leader in the jungles and in battle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Ceylan has an unerring gift for camera placement, and his slow, measured scenes can be as hypnotic as they are lovely -- at times, too much so, with the characters constrained by his poetic perfection.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Hip-hop is not the beat I dance to, but you don't need to be immersed in the culture to understand the heartbeat it sets in the lives of Brown Sugar's main characters.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It moves so fast you almost forget it leaves the characters in its wake.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Eight Legged Freaks is a B-movie-and-proud-of-it thrill ride, probably the best of its kind since "Tremors." It does just what a good creature feature is supposed to do: It entertains with laughs, gasps, gooey spectacle and a bemused sense of fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    For all its darkness and tragedy, Monster's Ball is a film that wants to be liked and Forster stumbles over his good intentions to win the audience over.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's Waters' way of saying: It's only a movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    He (Chan) still can turn a silly little action comedy like this into a high-spirited, butt-kicking good time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Scratch could use some of the wit and jagged energy that defined "Hype!"
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Never comes alive.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    This tale of kooky social misfits finding their place in the world is an audience pleaser, for all the reasons such tales usually are.