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

Sean Axmaker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Secret Lives of Dentists
Lowest review score: 0 Mindhunters
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Under Schnabel's direction, it becomes stilted and static, if not simplistic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Sean Axmaker
    The script is as sloppy as Song's unkempt cop, sprinkled with intriguing ideas and imaginative details that, like the investigation, simply get lost in blind alleys.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Feels like the effort of a tired artist reworking the same themes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Given the possibilities it's not particularly inventive, but it is nice to see a comedy so affectionate with the conventions it spoofs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's all so visceral that it overwhelms the near-abstract story and smothers what passes for characters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 42 Sean Axmaker
    At its best when exploring grieving and loss and anger, but Shear turns it into spiritual shock treatment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's a little sloppy and full of convenient coincidences, but at its best roils with edgy character tensions.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Autobiographical or not, the frankness and family hysteria of this rolling therapy session gets awkwardly intimate and at times tough to endure, as much for its raw candor as for its confessional contrivance. Too bad the revelations of past mistakes are more interesting than the story played out screen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The curious character study is a comedy in a minor key, but for all White's fascination with Peggy, he brings little conviction to the healing message under all this creepiness and social awkwardness, beyond what Shannon brings to the role.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Rich with emotional turmoil and searing beauty, but it could have used a little more time in the editing room to make sense of it all.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    For all its pronouncements, it's a frothy romantic lark.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Presents itself as tragedy with the insensitive Joe as its tragic hero, but Joe's fantasies of artistic rebellion and individualism have rotted into simple, solipsistic selfishness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Ultimately a primer. Without actually putting it in direct terms, it proposes a revolutionary solution, not just in Argentina but everywhere that the corporate culture has failed its workers and their communities.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Sean Axmaker
    Surely played better on the page than on the screen. What's left is the same old drill driven by brutal master race fervor.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 42 Sean Axmaker
    Director Jean Stewart isn't merely clumsy with character; she hasn't the chops to show us the joy and exhilaration Christine feels in the freedom of solo runs.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The cozy, lived-in atmosphere created by the ensemble and the unlikely chemistry of Carell and Binoche are so genuine that you wish the rest of the film was just as effortless and authentic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The attitude is older, maybe a tad sentimental, and as adolescent and reckless as ever. Whether that's a good thing depends on your appreciation for dead-end conversations, geek debates and the Smithspeak sandbox of creative vulgarity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The film is thrown off balance by the weight of Norton's compassion for this troubled soul.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Buscemi gets a fine performance from Miller and plays his part with a murky mix of self-pity, opportunism and arrogance. A few scenes crackle with their intensity. The rest of it wallows in glib acrimony and cynicism.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Sean Axmaker
    The official R rating is for "strong language, sexual content, drug use and some crude humor," but the MPAA is just being polite. It's all crude.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The warmth of Baker as the cuddly nature boy (another idealized image, certainly, but a romantic one) and the intelligence and fire of Lathan give the lesson, and movie, just enough heart to make it enjoyable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Along the way the film loses sight of the joy of music that supposedly pushes them all.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The film ultimately swindles its own story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The boys and girls are so busy acting out their romantic fantasies or soulfully pining over impossible loves that, however photogenic they may be, they never seem to actually live their lives.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Sean Axmaker
    Just another low-budget effort from filmmakers who mistake cleverness for smarts.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Maybe it's fantasy fatigue, but for all the pretty effects and breathless chases and goblin war battles, the sense of wonder and magic is lost in the shuffle.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Sean Axmaker
    A good-faith effort, if not completely successful.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The restraint so magnificently applied in "The Remains of the Day" has simply fallen into disconnection.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    More silly than funny.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Full of compassion and good intentions, but Kirkman never spins the stories into compelling cinema.

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