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

Sean Axmaker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Best of Youth
Lowest review score: 0 Urban Legends: Final Cut
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    More clever than smart and isn't always emotionally convincing, but the cast brings a palpable, persuasive awkwardness to the social tensions of this not-so-romantic getaway, and there's a sly wit to the way the filmmakers mix and match and upend genres.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The spirits of Jim Jarmusch and Kevin Smith hover over this breezy slacker comedy set on a comatose Sunday afternoon.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The actor holds the stage with his warm humor and emotionally charged anecdotes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    With the story's vivid and passionate women and the power of emotional healing (not to mention the intense eroticism of his hothouse romance), gives Sex and Lucia a dynamic, vigorous life.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    There is no "why" in The Grudge, at least not an explanation that provides comfort or cure. It simply is. That's what makes it really scary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    At its best when it remains with the women, and Marshall draws marvelous performances from all.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Spottiswoode and Schwarzenegger deliver a clever and colorful conspiratorial thriller with high-energy action scenes, car crashes a go-go, spectacular technology and big explosions, packaged with ferocious glee and spoofing humor. Who could ask for more from Ah-nold?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Those willing to give themselves up to Lynch's sensibilities will find a hypnotic and richly textural experience that challenges them to make their own connections through the imagery, echoes of repeated dialogue and metaphor.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Ayala gives Joan a fiery, full-blooded passion and Aranda challenges Pedro Almodovar in the arena of self-destructive love, obsessive passion and sweaty cinematic sex. It's the lustiest costume drama in years.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    There's a real joy to this film, a love of the music and an appreciation of the band's eccentric humor.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Jolie steals the film from nominal star McAvoy in the wild gunfight and dynamically absurd chase that kick Wanted into high gear. Her wicked moves and seductive smirk brand her immediately as a true believer who really, really loves her work.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    I guess there's something grizzled old codgers like Clint can teach those young hotshots after all.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's a gloriously baroque vision and Leconte believes in his sequin and sawdust fantasy with such unabashed enthusiasm that he makes it work even through its most absurd moments.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    For all of its weakness, Ju-On: The Grudge is creepy and unnerving, qualities in short supply in gore-filled American horror films.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    When (Tykwer) connects it's exhilarating and gorgeous, a sight to behold.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    One
    This restrained drama of lifelong friends drifting in separate directions is a quietly rich and resonant portrait of disconnection.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It makes for an unusual angle on the era, and a passionate paean to the power of books, ideas and art.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Though it's hardly as uplifting or inspiring, it's hard not to appreciate these driven men who know they've found their calling when they start to anagram in their dreams.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's as if Gondry lets his performers settle into their parts and feel their way through their stories. It gives the film an ambling pace and a unique chemistry that bubbles with strange and unexpected flavors.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Inspired, inventive and funnier than it has a right to be, Larry Blamire's loopy spoof of 1950s bargain-basement sci-fi and horror knock-offs gets it right where so many well-meaning efforts go wrong.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    There are some flat moments, to be sure, and Palansky's direction can be a bit unsteady and awkward, but he doesn't wallow in the eccentricities or the modestly self-empowering moral. This fairy tale feels pleasantly down-to-earth.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Has the modesty of a savvy, smart drive-in movie with Hollywood studio polish and a movie buff's loving care.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The film is weirdly fascinating in its own maverick way.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    A spirited, screwball crime-thriller with a sly heart.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    There is such a joy of play in the film that it's easy to overlook the overdone performances and the lazy script shortcuts.

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