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 Lost in Translation
Lowest review score: 0 Urban Legends: Final Cut
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Hardly sophisticated, but it's as inspired as teen sex comedies get.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    At its best, Company Man hums from one piece to the next, a harmless, good-natured, often silly spoof with a few cutting barbs and a comic showman's love of the well-executed gag.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Behind the narrative twists and contrived dramatic complications is a searing and scary look at dysfunction.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    When (Tykwer) connects it's exhilarating and gorgeous, a sight to behold.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    A few scenes are a bit coy and the "big secrets" threaten to pitch into melodrama, but Birmingham keeps bringing the film back to the delicate dynamics of the relationships at its heart.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    For the most part the eruption of repressed anger is blindly destructive. There's little healing to be found in the bitter melodrama, but there is a small sense of triumph as the children face up and move on.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Imagine the sequel to "Clueless" reconceived as a peroxide "Paper Chase" and punched up with a valley girl version of "My Cousin Vinny" for the climax.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Plays in spots something like a stage play smartly brought to screen.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    After all of these years playing smug street thugs, cocky idiots and patsies, can you blame Dillon for giving himself an elegant girl (Natascha McElhone), a devoted guardian angel, and a little redemption?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    There's not enough insight to the social phenomenon presented onscreen, but that doesn't make the utterly human horror of this thriller any less unsettling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    What's left at the end is an emotionally restrained vision of harsh, impoverished lives, more thoughtful than affecting, and never less than gorgeous, but so unfocused it leaves only scattered impressions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Dark farce, a four-handed game of sexual trumps.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Presents itself as a sassy twist on "Taming of a Shrew," but what looks like just another contrived sex comedy becomes, surprisingly, an insightful and sensitive look at knots that family ties create in adult romance.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Doesn't necessarily offer anything new to the male/female dynamic, but it refuses to let Coles off the hook with an easy epiphany and a painless happily ever after.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Isn't exactly adult animation but it's more complex and ambiguous than the usual Hollywood live-action blockbuster, and just as splashy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Zambrano shows an impressive sensitivity toward his actors and their characters and never allows hopelessness to quash hope in this lovely film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The Pangs are at their best playing in the style sandbox, creating shivery imagery and eerie moods while exploring nothing deeper than irony and unease, as their climax so effectively demonstrates.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    At times a bit stilted, a common quality of first-time directors who try too hard to sculpt every scene, but it's refreshingly bereft of slick cynicism and smart-ass snideness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    In a summer of comic book super-operas dense with psychological torment and sprawling well over two hours, the unpretentious efficiency of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is refreshing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    "Time destroys all," claims the film, but the monstrous capabilities of human evil is the real culprit here, and Noe is determined to prove that the real evil that men do is not fodder for cinematic spectacle and cinematic entertainment.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    A family-friendly remake funnier, fresher and more affecting than the flavorless original.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    There's no particular tragedy or triumph, merely another step in the lives of two fallible people finding a little comfort while stumbling toward happiness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Verbinski puts a Jackie Chan flourish of high energy and gymnastic action on the swashbuckling stunts and swordplay and keeps this lark sailing along.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    So Close is the film "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" dreams of being: sleek, silly, completely ridiculous and irresistible.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Not a comedy of guffaws and goofy gags, but a wry, underplayed little piece with an undercurrent of loss and abandonment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Linklater powers the film with the energy and attitude and beat of his soundtrack.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Where the Wayanses flogged every last chuckle from their belabored ideas, Zucker spring-loads his gags and lets them fly in rapid-fire succession. Not everything hits the target, but he tosses so many of them off with a wink and a grin that they catch you by surprise.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Elf
    The real gift of Elf is the simple pleasure of a sweet and funny comedy that genuinely embraces its message of holiday cheer and still has fun goofing with it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Kassovitz directs with an unrelenting intensity that helps you to suspend disbelief almost all the way to the credits.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's the kind of stunt that gets Oscar nominations and accolades. Theron turns it into a raw, bristling performance that deserves them.

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