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

Sean Axmaker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Peter Pan
Lowest review score: 0 Mindhunters
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    There is an element of murder mystery and an edge of conspiracy thriller to Chris Paine's documentary about the rise and fall of General Motors' EV1 (Electric Vehicle 1).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The film is weirdly fascinating in its own maverick way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Chabrol's deliberate and drawn-out observations often work against the dramatic tension, but his gift is making the audience believe that emotion and obsession trump logic for these deluded characters.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Wry and dry.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    A furiously choreographed martial-arts spectacle wrapped in a fumbling narrative.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The colorful cultural history lesson in an idiosyncratic key is entertaining and informative, if a little indulgent in its adoration of Roth and his counter-car culture.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's more admirable than enjoyable, beautifully crafted and artfully unpleasant.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's more than simply a well-crafted piece of fake history.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's less a deconstruction of the heist film than an ambitious contemplation of our fascination with the genre, directed with a dispassionate eye at a ruminative pace and centered by a queasily emotionless figure wading through a swamp of moral ambiguity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's more theatrical pageant than action movie, with the showy but rudimentary martial-arts action coming off like just another ritual with the players going through the motions.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) is real, and for all the dramatic license that writer/director Richard LaGravenese takes in his film, her story -- and the stories of her students -- are moving.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's an old-fashioned Soviet road movie, filled with kind souls of the otherwise desperate (and at times predatory) world.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The battery of startling shock cuts can get repetitive and the plot has a few potholes, but the palpable atmosphere of vulnerability keeps the drama knotted in tension and the audience rooted to the teens in peril.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's more clever than smart, but Paul Fox directs with the same easygoing attitude of its slacker hero and finds some modest truths (also lower case) behind the props.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The echoes of Douglas Sirk melodramas and Lassie movies just add to the fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Director Len Wiseman, confidently stepping up from the smallish budget "Underworld" films to mega-budget Hollywood mainstream.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Director Cherie Nowlan creates vivid personalities for the entire family and exposes the raw nerves of the biting humor.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Hot Rod is a cousin to the comedies of Will Ferrell (for whom it was developed) with a younger skew, a kooky '80s nostalgia (complete with a pitch-perfect synthesizer score by Trevor Rabin) and a low-key amiability that keeps you rooting for Rod and company to triumph.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Haggis drops exclamation points after his symbolic gestures, but in the rush to drive home his message on the confused mission in Iraq he offers a queasy revisionism that all but denies the legacy of Vietnam. Considering Deerfield is a Vietnam vet, it feels doubly false.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The film's take on media and personal responsibility recalls Brian De Palma's faux Iraq documentary, "Redacted," here dropped into a homefront turned guerrilla war zone.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Based more on rumor and supposition than fact. It's a highly entertaining set of hypotheses.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's all quite deftly played with a maturity and introspection that may take you by surprise, though Sachs is perhaps too restrained in parts.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    For all the misery and emotional mess of Snow Angels, Green finds resilience and hope in the kids and even in some of the grown-ups.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    While not a grand-slam comedy, the offbeat humor and easy byplay gives The Grand a winning hand.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    My Brother Is an Only Child isn't a critique of the left but a film about the consequences and responsibility of "political action." Luchetti measures social justice not in ideals but in positive change and the compassion with which it is accomplished.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The result is joyous and exhilarating.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's a twisted but beautiful love letter to a city, not factually correct but emotionally true.