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 Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade
Lowest review score: 0 Norbit
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    The restrained drama both punctures the mythic ideal of the samurai culture (trained as fighters, they mostly serve as clan bureaucrats) and spins a romantic portrait of one man who values principle over protocol despite the cost to his reputation.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Saw
    The filmmakers piece it together with almost clockwork perfection and deliver it with masterful misdirection, creating the most ingenious, eccentric and brazenly jaundiced psycho-thriller to come along in years.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Underworld opera of the bravura kind, this is driven, like most Hong Kong action, more by emotion than logic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    The song may be somewhat familiar, but Sach gets understated performances from his entire cast and finds interesting harmonies as they play out their clashing duets.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Fresh, vibrant and vital, this interpretation reminds us why Shakespeare is timeless.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Sweet, sexy, and unexpectedly enchanting, Yana's Friends is the little feel-good comedy that could.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    The ironies and contradictions that give the first half a dark humor give way to gravity and respect as soldiers are killed (off camera).
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Anderson is a hopeless romantic in a cynical world, and for a brief moment he makes the case that true love is the only power that can crack time and space.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    The funniest thing I've seen this summer.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    It is passionate and angry and rousing where you might expect it to become numbing and depressing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    This is no Disney fable and the apocalyptic vision isn't for everyone, but science-fiction fans and adventurous filmgoers will find this ingenious explosion of retro-cyberpunk a compelling dystopian vision with a gleam of hope.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    These are mortal souls and unglamorous bodies and Ferran explores their affair in its earthy, physical and fleshy reality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Lin energizes the grungy palette with stylistic zing, a hopped-up pace and understated humor. His cast carves out vivid characters and the open-ended aftermath takes stock of the moral scarring without moralizing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    A mix of the poetic and the polemic, the film is oddly abstract and untethered.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Or
    Yedaya is respectful and sensitive of everyone in Or's life and creates a beautiful, complex and rich relationship between mother and daughter, loving and protective of each other, but not of themselves.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    There's plenty of ammunition here for liberal conspiracy theorists, which surely will limit the audience to those already in Jarecki's political camp. Which is too bad, for it is a sobering history lesson as well as a political polemic on foreign policy and the growth of war into America's biggest business.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    It's all about the sheer visceral rush of mega action.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    A punch in the stomach of a movie. It is as ugly as it is beautiful, as full of peaks as of lows. It's a character-driven movie about people on an emotional edge who are ridding themselves of the things that can no longer work without inflicting damage.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    The sensuality is never salacious, merely curious, and the message is empowering ... at least within the confines of the insular community.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    It's both innocent and bizarre, with a mischievous sense of fantasy marked by simple but striking cinematic magic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Cruise is a man whose youthful cockiness has aged into self-assurance and cool confidence. It's a masterstroke of casting. The dynamism of Collateral, however, comes from Jamie Foxx.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    The entire film is shot in split screen. Each of the unnamed characters is photographed separately in their own slice of space, the images sutured together with a purposeful imperfection, with occasional overlap and rare moments of union. It gives them the appearance of dancing around one another, almost touching but never getting past the years of emotional scar tissue, even as they work their way to her hotel room.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    The most pure of Mamet's works to come to the screen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Singer deftly crafts a sleek, unusually tight film that balances comic-book adventure, pulp opera and the fear of being different.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    An engaging and generous profile of the fascinating folks who have chosen to live at the end of the world.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Che
    It's all about Guevara's education as a revolutionary and his development as a leader in the jungles and in battle.

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