For 885 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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sean Axmaker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Fateless
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 885
885 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Sean Axmaker
    There's not a smarter, more demanding American film from the past year.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Maybe it's fantasy fatigue, but for all the pretty effects and breathless chases and goblin war battles, the sense of wonder and magic is lost in the shuffle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    A family-friendly remake funnier, fresher and more affecting than the flavorless original.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Sean Axmaker
    It lacks both complexity and compromised characters. While the cultural backdrop is intriguing, the story is frustratingly conventional and familiar.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Along the way the film loses sight of the joy of music that supposedly pushes them all.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    A modest but amiable comedy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The battery of startling shock cuts can get repetitive and the plot has a few potholes, but the palpable atmosphere of vulnerability keeps the drama knotted in tension and the audience rooted to the teens in peril.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 42 Sean Axmaker
    Ashton Kutcher wants to be taken seriously so badly it hurts. So does this metaphysical mess of a movie, a pseudo time-travel drama so complicated it takes more than half an hour just to establish the gimmick. And a gimmick it is.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Ultimately a primer. Without actually putting it in direct terms, it proposes a revolutionary solution, not just in Argentina but everywhere that the corporate culture has failed its workers and their communities.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    A bland Bond.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    xXx
    Momentum, motivation and story are all swallowed by simple sensation, and the film finally exhausts itself for lack of stylistic imagination.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 0 Sean Axmaker
    It's a shrill cacophony of puerile clich├ęs about men and women and sex, delivered in adrenaline-driven harangues and arrogant lectures. When the stage clears, all that's left is the unpleasant odor of all that hot air.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Sean Axmaker
    Just another low-budget effort from filmmakers who mistake cleverness for smarts.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 42 Sean Axmaker
    Feels like nothing less than Dana Carvey's desperate bid for his own "Austin Powers"-like franchise, but with a harmless humor far less crude. Carvey favors whoopee cushion punch lines to toilet gags and references to big butts over sexual double-entendres.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    It's so affected and arch it flops into self parody.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Little Nicky will please Sandler's fans and likely won't win any converts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    The echoes of Douglas Sirk melodramas and Lassie movies just add to the fun.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Easily the least passionate romantic comedy I've seen in years.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    Presents itself as tragedy with the insensitive Joe as its tragic hero, but Joe's fantasies of artistic rebellion and individualism have rotted into simple, solipsistic selfishness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    There is an element of murder mystery and an edge of conspiracy thriller to Chris Paine's documentary about the rise and fall of General Motors' EV1 (Electric Vehicle 1).
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    The texture of Manic feels honest and the chemistry of the kids is well observed, but even the modest breakthroughs are dramatic conventions that favor the symbolic over the genuine.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Sean Axmaker
    Most Bond parodies tend to flatten because they fail to evoke the production design overkill and slick cinematic style of its target. Johnny English is no different. Director Peter Howitt delivers action like a journeyman, but Atkinson saves him time and again.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 42 Sean Axmaker
    Whether or not Garden Party is an accurate portrait of the shadow L.A. culture where the young, pretty and desperate can find quick rent money, this low-budget production never engages with its characters or stories enough to make you care either way.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Sean Axmaker
    It's kind of like "Tootsie," only without the drag. Or the class. Or the laughs.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 58 Sean Axmaker
    The result is a great-looking movie with an awkward balance of pulp noir and campy self-awareness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Sean Axmaker
    At times a bit stilted, a common quality of first-time directors who try too hard to sculpt every scene, but it's refreshingly bereft of slick cynicism and smart-ass snideness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Sean Axmaker
    It's messy and unsettled, but Bellocchio's distaste for the cynicism and mendacity is potent and sincere.
    • 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.

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