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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Scott owns the film from scene one.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    The poetic justice strains the verisimilitude of a film otherwise grounded in a tough reality, but there is a guilty satisfaction to it all.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Bruckner's restrained performance reveals a girl drowning in her own lack of self-esteem. When she finally comes up for air, she shatters the surface with a force that, in the hands of a less thoughtful director, could send her spinning down the melodramatic road to ruin.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Delivers the expected adrenaline-driven thrills with a fresh eye and a refreshing attitude.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    The camera drinks in the angles, curves and textures, and the way it all shapes the light as if it's yet another of Gehry's non-traditional materials, and Pollack creates his own video sketchbook of Gehry impressions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    In the face of intolerance, Two Family House lovingly celebrates the triumph of love and acceptance over prejudice.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    It's bloody brilliant.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    You don't have to be a teenager to appreciate the raunchy humor and the uninhibited overkill of Seth's porn-obsessed chatter, though it probably helps to be a guy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Looks simultaneously ahead of its time and delightfully quaint, a simple romantic comedy that revels in the dreamy artifice of a meticulously re-created fantasy Las Vegas.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Pleasantly modest, endearingly etched and briskly set to a pounding beat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    A playfully offbeat, willfully wide-eyed tale of lonely, inarticulate people looking for connection in a disconnected world.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    An alternately angry and sad portrait, passionate in its presentation and moving in its portrayal of individuals who sacrifice their love for the tenets of their religion.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Ararat is less about history than the necessity of dialogue and debate, and the devastating effects of stifling dialogue.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Mamet is more respectful than exciting as an action director, but his fascination with how things work, be it the mechanics of designing and promoting a big pay-per-view event or battling a world-class Jiu-jitsu master, makes it all quite mesmerizing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    It has a tendency to overextend its outrageous arias, but this pop-art confection both spoofs and celebrates the crazy conventions of movie melodramas and genre cinema with pure affection.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Jia's compassion for the drifting souls struggling to create a life for themselves in such a transitory existence makes the metaphor resonant.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    The funniest film you'll see this year about a political assassination.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    With less lampooning and satirical asides, Sicko may be less "entertaining" than Moore's previous films, but it's also more affecting and effective.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    The nuttiest big-screen video game you'll ever have the pleasure of seeing somebody else play.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    While the characters lack the quirks and affectations that have enlivened the impulsive figures from past Dogme films, the passion of the players and Bier's sensitive direction give these utterly normal figures a vivid aliveness, along with dignity and everyday beauty.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    A mix of H.P. Lovecraft madness, David Cronenberg biological mutation and David Lynch small-town weirdness, it teasingly dangles explanations never delivered and escapes never sought, while diving into one of the most gonzo horrors to twist onto celluloid in years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Venus is the second film from director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi to explore the sexual lives of folk that the movies treat as sexless -- the elderly. But where "The Mother" was a cold film of sexual greed and emotional pettiness, this robust yet delicate comic drama finds a kind of dignity in the old lothario whose vital life force struggles against a failing body.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Anyone who claims to support the troops owes it to them to see the film and hear their stories.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo creates the same world of devils and innocents that grounds so much of Spain's modern, seeped-in-Satanic-evil horror, recast in a secular cinematic vocabulary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Carrera's direct, unadorned style has none of the searing imagery or cinematic imagination of "Y Tu Mama," but it bristles with passion, anger and a palpable sense of betrayal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    Captures the pain and desperation of adolescent powerlessness and humiliation with powerful intimacy, strung out to almost 2 1/2 lazy hours of stories that wander through an ever-widening group of characters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    The restraint of both director and actor makes this steely gangster drama reverberate long after it ends. This kind of mystery is rare in a film culture that demands answers before the credits roll.

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