Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
"I believe in the magic and healing powers of words and stories." - Eugene (Sam Neill) in Until the End of the World

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Sean Axmaker's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Lore (2013) "[Director Cate] Shortland directs with an almost hypnotic focus, favoring Lore's immediate experience over the big picture. " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Mar 23, 2013
95% Silent Souls (2011) "... slow and introspective, paced in long, still shots that seem to drift in time rather than march forward. " ‐ Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Mar 23, 2013
91% Ministry of Fear (1944) "This is not Lang's best film of the era, or even his most interesting portrait of paranoia and malevolent forces, but it is a lively thriller with unexpected turns. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 23, 2013
98% This Is Not a Film (2012) "There's a tremendous power under the simple-looking surface. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 23, 2013
95% War Witch (2013) "Nguyen's compassion and commitment to the issue is admirable, and at its best, War Witch is devastating. " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Mar 23, 2013
93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) "The direction by Kathryn Bigelow, who won Oscars for Best Film and Best Director in her previous film "The Hurt Locker," is fierce and focused... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 23, 2013
68% The We and the I (2013) "The We and the I is less a film than a social-studies experiment, an after-school project by a bunch of high-school kids exploring that eternal teen tension between the individual and the group. " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Mar 23, 2013
71% The Future (2011) House Next Door
Posted Jan 22, 2013
80% Twins of Evil (2013) "... earns its place in the Hammer canon of cult horrors. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jul 11, 2012
74% Norwegian Wood (2012) "... suffused in melancholia, with imagery as delicate as the lives it presents and atmospheres so fragile they look like they'd shatter under too much emotional pressure. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
26% Underworld Awakening (2012) "... a blur of generic exposition, random plot twists, vaguely maternal instincts, sloppy CGI animation, and Stephen Rea looking like a waxwork ... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
67% The Front Line (2012) "The themes and characters are right out of any number of classic war movies, but... the frontline culture, so at odds with military discipline and command, is fascinating. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
80% Haywire (2012) "... we just wait for her to click back into fight mode. Her body language tells us more about her character than any dialogue exchange. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
75% Walking Tall (1973) "... the film was a sensation, becoming a big hit and spawning a whole industry of southern-fried vigilante lawman action pictures. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
67% Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) "... is one of the funniest comedies of its time, a veritable live-action cartoon from Joe Dante at his most unrestrained. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
61% Mimic (1997) "It comes off smarter and creepier than I recall the original, less about scares than a sustained atmosphere of eerie unease and skittery threats. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
No Score Yet Cinema Verite (2012) "... an engaging and accomplished production and its coda offers yet another perspective on the show, the controversy, and the complexity of the characters ... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
50% Camelot (1967) "... considered a classic by many and a disaster by others. I'm in that other camp. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans (1936) "... an exciting and involving screen version, with Scott as a strong-willed but civilized Hawkeye ... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
100% Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) (1902) "... a work of pure, playful imagination, a picture-book fantasy brought to life with intricate, hand-painted sets and a whimsical portrait of science as wizardry by way of the industrial revolution ... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
91% Into The Abyss (2011) "It is also a devastating portrait of the culture of crime, drug and alcohol abuse, and broken families ... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
98% A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) "... a Hollywood landmark, both for pushing the envelope of subject matter allowed on screen by the censors and for showcasing the more naturalistic "method" approach to performance ... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
No Score Yet The Corsican Brothers (1941) "Fairbanks' athletic energy and flamboyant performance enlivens the film and excellent photographic effects create a seamless look to the scenes where the brothers interact... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
94% I Wish (2012) "The kids are marvelous without becoming cloying or cute and for a film with so little conflict, it is completely involving, wonderfully warm and full of natural humor. " ‐ House Next Door
Posted May 8, 2012
No Score Yet The Last Flight "Where most of the memorable artifacts of pre-code cinema liked to flaunt its defiance of social decorum, The Last Flight makes an effort to shake up and unsettle the viewer, and it succeesds. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
No Score Yet Young, Violent, Dangerous (Liberi armati pericolosi) (1983) "These aren't angry rebels without a cause, they are thrill killers without motivation. " ‐ Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted May 4, 2012
83% Come Blow Your Horn (1963) "... like a cartoonish fantasy of the Mad Men sensibility of philandering men who treat the female sex as a buffet for their perusal. " ‐ Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted May 4, 2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel (2011) "[I]f it doesn't offer anything new to our understanding of Corman, as filmmaker, producer, or person, it nicely encapsulates his legacy... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
No Score Yet La Visita (1966) "... neither satire nor romantic comedy... [it] offers a much more layered and unexpected portrait in disappointment and resigned concession. " ‐ Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted May 4, 2012
No Score Yet The Big Night (1951) "Neither juvenile delinquent drama or a wild youth thriller, this is a portrait in rage and shame and disappointment in fathers and father figures. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
No Score Yet Screaming Mimi (1958) "... a real cult item in the film noir filmography, weird and lurid and kitschy, but fascinating all the same. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
88% Brief Encounter (1945) "... still embraced as one of the most romantic films ever made, and it has earned its reputation. " ‐ Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted May 4, 2012
71% Blithe Spirit (1945) "... a lightweight comedy built on witty remarks and upper-class smugness (which Rex Harrison so perfectly embodies), but comedy is not Lean's strong suit. " ‐ Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted May 4, 2012
100% This Happy Breed (1944) "It's quite the study in domesticity and acceptance, and it even presents socialist activism and union strikes as some sort of idealistic fling... " ‐ Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted May 4, 2012
93% In Which We Serve (1942) "... an accomplished, sincere, and moving piece of filmmaking that honors the characters and involves the audience. " ‐ Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted May 4, 2012
89% Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) "It's Gene Wilder, at the top of his form, who makes this uneasy amalgam work, but [Mel] Stuart must surely deserve some of the credit... " ‐ GreenCine
Posted May 4, 2012
No Score Yet Hit! (1993) "... a conventional version of the mainstream crime caper with a rare African-American lead, which is the film's only memorable accomplishment. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
No Score Yet The Buccaneer (1938) "Cecil B. DeMille plays fast and loose with his history, as usual, but he also has more fun with the story than in many of his big historical spectacles... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
No Score Yet Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) (1968) "It's less Summer of Love than Season of Lust and any sense of liberation is limited to her sexual horizons ... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
100% Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (Trial of Joan of Arc) (1962) "As much as I love Bresson's works, I'm rarely caught up in the sweep of his drama. The drama comes for me only at the conclusion - and then lingers for days after. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
90% Napoléon (1929) "... a cinematic experience like no other. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 18, 2012
100% J'Accuse! (I Accuse) (1919) "The cinematic sophistication and visual expressiveness of this 1919 release is astonishing. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 18, 2012
No Score Yet Thirteen Women (1932) "It's hysterical and bigoted and just plain ruthless, almost unbelievable, and perversely fun for all that. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 11, 2012
No Score Yet Taxi! (1932) "How can you refuse a film that embraces non-violent arbitration and still gives a pass to Cagney taking revenge? " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 11, 2012
No Score Yet The Nude Vampire (Vampire nue, La) (1974) "... a strange work of conspiracy, family rebellion, and innocence imprisoned, both a vampire film and a strange science fiction fantasy of shadowy old men performing secret experiments. " ‐ Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Mar 10, 2012
95% Belle de Jour (1968) "Luis Bunuel's cheerfully brazen satire of sexual repression, social decorum, and erotic fantasies is in the running for Bunuel's kinkiest film, and that's saying a lot. " ‐ Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Mar 10, 2012
89% Vanya on 42nd Street (1995) "... a record of a creative collaboration that has a life of its own, at once documentary, filmed rehearsal, play within a play, and private production restaged for a camera... " ‐ Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Mar 10, 2012
100% World on a Wire (2011) "... a heady, witty, stylistically audacious, highly compelling, and very entertaining science fiction thriller years ahead of its time. " ‐ Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Mar 10, 2012
88% Margin Call (2011) "Chandor underplays the human drama and the anonymity of the Wall Street office building so much it risks slipping into doldrums, but the stakes are too great and the actors too sharp to let that happen. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
No Score Yet Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941) "...a little Hardy noir: a homeless kid that Andy hides in his boarding house room dies, an apparent suicide in the wake of shattered dreams. This is a real education for Andy... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
No Score Yet Judge Hardy and Son (1939) "You can also see the jalopy humor becoming one of the defining elements of the Andy Hardy series here. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
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