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 Mutual Appreciation
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The simple, unpretentious storytelling of Unleashed is a rarity in the glut of underwritten and overproduced action films that dominate American screens today.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    There is such a joy of play in the film that it's easy to overlook the overdone performances and the lazy script shortcuts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Steel and Morris are simply a couple of ordinary citizens who stand up for their ideals and their rights in the face of intimidation. Which is what makes this underdog story matter.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Salles tends to explain rather than suggest, but he connects with the anguish and abandonment to give this ghost story an emotionally haunting core.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The hit-and-run destructiveness of the rapacious media is nothing new, but Cordero gives his cynical take a unique setting and a queasy climax.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's a rare film that gets smarter as it goes along, injecting a satisfying dash of pragmatism every time it seems ready to slip into either unearned idealism or cynical fatalism.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The story is pure speculation, Van Sant's fantasy on what may have happened during those final days of self-isolation, but he loads the film with distinctive imagery.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It makes for an unusual angle on the era, and a passionate paean to the power of books, ideas and art.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The rough, exposed emotional candor of Cheung's singing voice carries into her performance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The film's strength is compelling character relationships and Whedon's trademark dialogue, a smarter version of the cliched action-movie barrage of wisecrack under fire, only better executed, laden in personality, and enriched with evocative western colloquialisms of a frontier culture.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Don't expect scary from this trilogy of short horror films from a trio of Asia's most interesting directors, which are not so much extreme as twisted.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Silverman is funny and, more often than not, so is the film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The triumphs still are affecting, the setting is compelling and some of the human moments amid the political circus and culture wars are downright moving.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The film attempts to put Zizek's philosophy into practical, accessible terms. Accessible, of course, being a relative term.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    If Arlyck's own life feels unworthy of the attention, Sean's illuminating, unconventional and contemporary story makes up for it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Winterbottom carves his own intimate tale out of the sprawling material, a modest miniature with witty flair and moments of humility.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Some audiences will find it an endurance test and Reygadas doesn't make it easy with his confrontational imagery, but he provokes emotions not often explored on screen.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Bekmambetov's tone is so gravely serious that the drama tends to become arch and theatrical, despite sardonic punches of dark humor. But his imagery is striking (his imagination overcomes his limited budget), his style is assured and he's given the subtitle adaptation a dramatically dynamic dimension by giving the words the presence of an incantation taking physical form.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The orderly and clean drama is more like theater than history come to life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Behind the dry humor is a sense of hollowness in the two men who obliviously fall back into old patterns of reckless, loveless sex without missing a beat.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Almost 30 years later, it's just as primal.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The spirits of Jim Jarmusch and Kevin Smith hover over this breezy slacker comedy set on a comatose Sunday afternoon.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's a simple film with a direct message, but the glimpses of the surrounding social culture that has adapted to the horrors give this Third World "How Green Was My Valley" its identity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    What it lacks is an intensity, a passion at the center...It is, nonetheless, a lovely and often powerful film.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    "Network" it's not. Weitz doesn't have the killer instinct for merciless satire but he knows how to stage a gag and deliver a punchline.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's a tricky tonal dance that Watt, minor missteps aside, glides through with feeling.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    Behind the sad and vulnerable eyes of Bernal's damaged Elvis is both a fierce rage and a desperate need for his father's recognition, but he's more enigma than person. Hurt is more nuanced as the sincerely spiritual man faced with a past that threatens his family and his future.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The messy emotions and illogic of human nature defines this drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    It's Kang's first feature and it suffers from rocky moments and an unsure eye, but his sense of detail is rich with prickly contradictions and he resists tidying up the story.

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