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 Look at Me
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    It's unmistakably the work of aging cinema activist Loach, who wears his social-justice heart on his sleeve and pauses the story for lively debates among the characters, especially as Sinn Fein signs a treaty that many think betrays the cause.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    The familiar majesty of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline is replaced with anticipation and imagination. The sense of hope and wonder is the greater for it, and the sense of promise glows from the screen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    It's a dissection of how the media found and fed and nurtured the story in their insatiable need for content to fill their news hours and talk shows, how it just as quickly turned on them and transformed the story from celebration to vilification, and how the public turned right along with them.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Morris challenges us to understand what the pictures show and what they don't show, and to see them in context. And he confronts us with the most important question surrounding them: Do they reveal a crime, an aberration in the system or standard operating procedure?
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    It's a tender, tough, uncompromising film, photographed with a disarming directness and seeming simplicity that looks almost naked next to the dramatic constructions of most films. It just makes her precariousness all the more real.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
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    Sensitive and vivid response to the tangled issues of teen violence, race and self-esteem.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Vital and alive. Frustration and malaise rumble through every richly textured frame, but behind it all is a restlessness and a desire for something better.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    The plot is often bewilderingly complex and the dense layers of subterfuge hard to follow, but by the climax the fairy tale has been twisted into a fascist fable of realpolitik mercenary opportunism.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    The total effect is mesmerizing, an eye-opening tour of modern Beijing culture in a journey of rebellion, retreat into oblivion and return.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Aoyama's monochrome images are filled with a simple shadowy beauty and his scenes are rich in tender sensitivity and empathy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Achieves its social commentary through passion and poetry.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    It's a rich work, lush and lovely and bustling with activity but paced at a contemplative stroll, like a time lapse recording in first gear.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Secret Ballot is an education hiding in a comedy, a parablelike portrait of the irresistible forces of modernization and democracy meeting the immovable inertia of tradition, culture and power relations written in the blood of the past.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    This bracing portrait of a woman who painfully accepts her responsibility as a citizen is a revelation.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    A masterpiece.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Think of easy jazz or soft soul, with Rudolph's cinematic improvisations soaring and circling the melody while adding quirky variations.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    The most sensuous and intimate work of cinema of the past few years, a film that luxuriates in the immediacy of the moment. There is no guilt to the act, only exhilaration, joy and freedom. At least for the moment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    From the first voyeuristic peek into the ruthless world to the haunting, accusatory, unforgettable final image, it's a brilliant, stunning piece of work, perhaps not Assayas' best, but certainly his most fearless and impassioned.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    There's not a smarter, more demanding American film from the past year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Makhmalbaf's astounding and haunting imagery tells a story of devastation, desperation and poverty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    The Dardennes's masterful casting and austere style amplify this simple but powerful parable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    Inspiring without sinking into sentimentality or cliche, Hearts of Atlantis is intelligent, heartfelt and genuine, a rare story of childhood for adults.
    • 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
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    A vivid, thoughtful, unapologetically raw coming-of-age tale full of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

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