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

Sean Axmaker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Traffic
Lowest review score: 0 National Lampoon's Gold Diggers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    Ten
    There's no doubt that Kiarostami is giving us a lesson in social politics, but the education lies in the mosaic pieced together from conversations and situations.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Oliviera's mastery is a joy to experience and his bittersweet comic touch adds a loving absurdity to what could have turned maudlin or morose.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    There's not a smarter, more demanding American film from the past year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's as much conceptual art as dispassionate survey of the bloodless assembly line nature of the modern food industry, all process and work, automation and repetition.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    The Dardennes's masterful casting and austere style amplify this simple but powerful parable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Hou's first film made outside of Asia is his most emotionally turbulent, yet he remains, like the balloon, outside looking in, a compassionate but distant observer capturing it all with a graceful restraint and floating beauty that ultimately carried me away with it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Under Schnabel's direction, it becomes stilted and static, if not simplistic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    A drama that embraces the ambiguities and contradictions of family ties and human nature in all its irrational glory.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    There may be no more sensual director in the world today than Hong Kong's Wong Kar-Wai.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    Yimou plays his images like a visual symphony, and turns a potential costume pageant into an exhilarating national myth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    The texture and intensity of the odyssey makes it spellbinding.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    The sudden turns of temperament are a treat after the smart-ass attitude of American horror flicks, and the film is full of minor surprises, squirming in unexpected directions without leaving the conventions behind.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    A mix of the poetic and the polemic, the film is oddly abstract and untethered.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    The most emotionally rich and cinematically thrilling film I've seen all year, a film that pulses with human life in all its terrible and beautiful irrationality.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Sautet lets the film wander from Ventura's desperate odyssey, but when the irresistibly charming young Jean-Paul Belmondo enters the picture as an unflaggingly loyal ally, his wandering is forgiven.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    It lacks history, background and cultural roots, but it's undeniably infectious.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Think of this corrective to Kipling as "The Longest Yard" meets "The Seven Samurai" with cricket bats, choreographed dance numbers, romantic triangles and a rousing call to solidarity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Both blunt and complex, Sauter's illustration of economic Darwinism at its most primal and unforgiving is a harrowing vision of human life as collateral damage in the modern global economy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's a twisted but beautiful love letter to a city, not factually correct but emotionally true.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Devastating, uncompromising and riveting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Desplechin fearlessly dives into raw, bitter revelations and surfaces with hope as our heroes try again to get it right.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    For all the ephemeral pleasure of the company of old friends, there is a chasm between them and the dynamics shift from moment to moment. The beauty of the film is how director Kelly Reichardt brilliantly captures those moments with lucid simplicity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Hammer filmed on location with local nonactors. Their lack of polish is evident -- Smith's inexpressiveness, though part of his character, is simply blank at times -- but their conviction can be just as powerful.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Achieves its social commentary through passion and poetry.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Oregon-born and Seattle-based director James Longley profiles three lives in his impressionistic portrait of Iraq's Sunni, Shia and Kurd communities.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Bujalski's gift for capturing the awkwardness of social relationships and the messy, unkempt details of everyday life is revealing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    Shooting with a respectful remove that captures an intimacy by sheer doggedness, Finkiel creates a rich atmosphere by simply looking, listening and peering past the surfaces.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Varda sees herself as a gleaner as she searches for the people and cultural activities missed by the rest of the media.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Cronenberg's most disciplined exploration yet of that shadowy realm: the world refracted through the prism of a schizophrenic mind.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    Cements director's place as mob-movie master.

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