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

Sean Axmaker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Mutual Appreciation
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 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
    Fascinating memoir of coming of age in Iran.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    A grueling and deeply affecting human drama.
    • 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?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    With The Dark Knight, the cinematic superhero spectacle comes closest to becoming modern myth, a pulp tragedy with costumed players and elevated stakes and terrible sacrifices. It's the new gold standard for superhero noir.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    True to the characters and their conflicts, the resolution is neither neat nor expected. True to Demme, it's honest and generous and very human.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    A classic fairy tale with a contemporary sensibility and a spooky horror under the candy-house fantasy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    He's (Carrey) a marvelous Grinch in this spirited, bustling and mostly faithful spin on Seuss.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    In Wonderland, Winterbottom has found a script worthy of his passion.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    What gives the story resonance is the tenderness and sacrifice and even innocence del Toro reveals amid the savagery.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    Energetic and inventive, it's a satirical, smart, grown-up thriller.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    A beautiful and compassionate work, at once stark, sensory and spiritually grasping, that challenges us to forgive even the most monstrous sins.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    The stripped-down dramatic constructs, austere imagery and abstract characters are equal parts poetry and politics, obvious at times but evocative and heartfelt.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    A drama that embraces the ambiguities and contradictions of family ties and human nature in all its irrational glory.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    Ultimately the ballet performances, and notably the work of Stiefel, a star with American Ballet Theatre, are the only moments that deserve center stage.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    Mehta's feisty, featherweight romantic comedy makes the case that even the most flamboyant cinematic conventions are as universal as they are exotic, especially when they conspire to produce that glow of happily ever after.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    Explores cloudy, discomforting realities of the Holocaust not usually addressed in such films.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    Despite the raw gut-punch of its direction, its power lies in compassion, not sensationalism.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    This collision of skate punk and pop-culture archaeology is the most entertaining slice of cultural history I've seen in years.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    There's a real gee-whiz kick to the fantasy of being the brainiest kid on the planet, and a down-to-earth quality to Jimmy and his not-so-bright, but ever-so-stalwart best buddies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    He (LaBute) pulls the farce and the violence and the fantasies together with a deft touch and a sweetness rare in American films -- especially his.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Sean Axmaker
    The Divine Intervention of the title lies somewhere between hope and fantasy. In a world in which Santa Claus is assaulted in Nazareth, what do you have left?
    • 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.