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 National Lampoon's Gold Diggers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    The annoying shaky-cam style so common to such indie dramas is toned down to a dreamy sway and the image drifts in and out of focus in scenes of heightened emotions. It's like waking from a daze and getting your bearings; the effect is both unsettling and calming.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 42 Sean Axmaker
    At its best when exploring grieving and loss and anger, but Shear turns it into spiritual shock treatment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Highly entertaining.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    It becomes a dreamy study in stillness broken by suicide fantasies, flashbacks, and the hired killers, but even the violence has a meditative even melancholy quality to it, as if it's all been processed through the eyes of its Zen hero.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    It's a fantasy of a crime epic, to be sure, but it's a glorious fantasy in which the unspoken bonds of brotherhood bathe every shootout and sacrifice in the light of myth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    I guess there's something grizzled old codgers like Clint can teach those young hotshots after all.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Michell captures the awkwardness of real-world behavior with gentle, unforced humor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    What it lacks in melodramatic punch it makes up for in unexpected shadings in the characters, predator and victim alike.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    In today's cynical cinematic climate, there's something beautiful in Miller's simple poetic justice.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Ceylan has an unerring gift for camera placement, and his slow, measured scenes can be as hypnotic as they are lovely -- at times, too much so, with the characters constrained by his poetic perfection.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Though he's foggy on the specifics, Angelopoulos makes the tides of history felt through each painterly frame.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    Played by Lucy Russell with a defiant, unapologetic embrace of aristocratic privilege, Grace is a maddening yet fascinating character.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's more admirable than enjoyable, beautifully crafted and artfully unpleasant.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Densely layered, demanding and beautiful, Ruiz has found the perfect venue for his passions and created the most cinematically breathtaking film of the new millennium.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    It's the warmth and resolve and humility of the young men that keeps us going. It may be more ennobling than introspective, but these three earn their nobility.
    • 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
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The actor holds the stage with his warm humor and emotionally charged anecdotes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Never quite escapes the Euro-centric blinders of its characters, but its engagement with their evolving sense of identity and story of empowerment and acceptance is nonetheless rousing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Much of the film is oddly ambiguous, as if Tran used it to explore conflicts of tradition and modernity and never came up with any answers.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's a tough movie with a fearless performance by Bacon and brave filmgoers will be rewarded with a bracing experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    You can't help but root for Akeelah as she reclaims the pride in her talents and her achievements. That's an idea worth spelling out to a young audience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The concept is clever and Johnson's brisk editing, dynamic camerawork and snazzy transitions has fun with it all. It makes for an inspired time-warped teenage film noir.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Ghost Town reworks "Ghost" as a romantic comedy with a miserable hero who sees dead people and is really annoyed by them.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    It's a volatile subject and Abu-Assad's thoughtful thriller stokes the debate.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    The social commentary isn't subtle, but Romero delivers the goods so effectively that many won't even notice.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    It's an appealing mix of an old Hollywood movie world of Upper East Side sophisticates with the character-driven spontaneity of a modern American indie, all very slight and light but deftly done.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    In Wonderland, Winterbottom has found a script worthy of his passion.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    A sly, smart and very funny caricature of corporate politics and image culture.

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