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 The Descent
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Like the folk tales from centuries past, Pan's Labyrinth is a dark odyssey with nightmarish visions and cruel threats, but coming through the sacrifice and suffering is the childlike belief in magic and imagination that for Del Toro represents the hope and optimism of a happily ever after in this cruel world.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    A grueling and deeply affecting human drama.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Doyle's handheld camerawork is intimate and curious and his hazy colors radiate off the screen.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    Long for an animated feature and too demanding for very young children, but it's also filled with delights.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    A charmer of a film and a delightful piece of storytelling.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    A masterpiece.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    The young cast, all nonactors who developed their characters with Cantet and Bégaudeau, brings the weight of full lives to each of the students.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    As empowering and triumphant a film as you'll see this or any year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Some may find it slow. I found it utterly spellbinding.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    When it was released in the United States more than 30 years ago, its distributor hacked away 40 minutes of its precise structure. This rerelease restores every meticulous second of Melville's cinematic fantasy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    What begins as an introspective odyssey examining the effects of war on the young Israeli soldiers turns into a provocative exposé on the Sabra and Shatila massacre.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Strong, evocative storytelling pared to the bone and braced with a sensibility perfectly matched to the material.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    There are two kinds of people, my friend. Those who love Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and those who resist the machismo and gallows humor of what is arguably the definitive spaghetti western.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Romantic, real and as generous as it is vulnerable, the art of conversation has rarely been so acute, honest and revealing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    In the world of comic-book movies, American Splendor is the real deal, the warts-and-all adventures of the most unlikely hero on the comic stands.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    In the best Altman manner there are no real heroes and villains, only people trapped by their vanity and ambition and the straitjackets of classism.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    What's most devastating in Capturing the Friedmans is how Jarecki puts the sureness of justice into doubt as he shows Truth (with a capital T) at the mercy of perspective and perception, context and emotion.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Fascinating memoir of coming of age in Iran.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Isn't about a May-December romance or a brief encounter in a faraway place. It's about being alone in a crowd and the power of unexpected friendships.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Giordana's redemptive vision provides a sense of discovery and a well of hope in the most devastating of troubles, and beautiful surprises in love, friendship and family.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Mühe's performance is brilliant, communicating more turmoil and pain with the droop of a lip and a flicker of the eye across an otherwise intently passive face than all the emotional storms of the cast.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    A vivid, thoughtful, unapologetically raw coming-of-age tale full of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    It's a chilly, lonely introduction to a man who has effectively stepped out of the social world of adult responsibility.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    There's nothing messy or unkempt about the beautifully, quietly heartbreaking story of unconditional love and emotional sacrifice.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Beautiful, elevating and achingly sad.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    What it lacks is an intensity, a passion at the center...It is, nonetheless, a lovely and often powerful film.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's all about waste and destruction, and not just the toxic waste -- illegally dumped in landfills -- that is poisoning the farmland and the aquifers in the region.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    A hauntingly poetic triumph.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    It's Treadwell's contradictions and controversies that fascinate Herzog the filmmaker, inspiring him to create this enthralling documentary portrait, his best film in years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    A celebration of the human spirit nothing short of sublime.