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MSN.com is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Larry Carroll, Sean Axmaker
Rating Title/Year Author
Drive (2011) Sean Axmaker ... celebrates -- one might say revels in -- the pulp mythology of existential anti-heroes and criminal chivalry and street opera tragedy of American movies. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2012
Midnight in Paris (2011) Sean Axmaker [Woody] Allen brings his fantasy to life with such affection and joy that he transports us into his dream come true as a shared fantasy. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
Margin Call (2011) Sean Axmaker Chandor is more interested in the banality of greed and opportunism and the ease in which principled employees are swayed to engage in unprincipled acts. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) Sean Axmaker ... captures the space, the texture, the quality of color of these ghost-like paintings, like shadows of the past captured on the cave walls. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2011
The Smurfs (2011) Sean Axmaker Call me Grouchy, but I say grown-ups should just say smurf it and avoid the film completely. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2011
Beginners (2010) Sean Axmaker [Director Mike] Mills... gives the film a celebratory passion in the quiet closeness of father and son and the playful first-person storytelling... EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2011
Larry Crowne (2011) Sean Axmaker ... lacks any sense of gravity. Hanks has too much moxie to let little things like unemployment and an underwater mortgage get him down... EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2011
Cars 2 (2011) Sean Axmaker Kids will be entertained and so will adults. I just didn't find myself particularly engaged. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2011
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Sean Axmaker ... that rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2011
Batman Year One (2011) Sean Axmaker For a story constructed out of choppy slices, this is probably the most unified of the DC animated features. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2011
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Sean Axmaker Director Rob Marshall stages slapstick like dance choreography and action like a theme park ride. Which I guess is appropriate... EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2011
Fast Five (2011) Sean Axmaker Forget physics, it's just a fun blast of action movie ingenuity, as is the film as a whole. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2011
Captain America (1990) Sean Axmaker ... a real stiff, a corny piece of nostalgic pulp with cheap action, cheesy dialogue and a charismatically challenged leading man. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2011
Bridesmaids (2011) Sean Axmaker ... a girl-bonding romp filled equally with outlandish bridal showers and alcohol-fueled slapstick aggression, grand romantic gestures and furtive sex, high couture and low blows. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2011
Basket Case (1982) Sean Axmaker The DIY effects may look naively amateur today but there's a loving B-movie attitude and a genuine sense of character to the "monster," the misshapen, fleshy, snaggle-toothed Belial. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2011
Carlos Cavazo - The Carlos Cavazo Package (1970) Sean Axmaker ... a mesmerizing portrait of committed activist who transforms himself into a media-hungry rock star of an international terrorist. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2011
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Sean Axmaker You either take it on faith that the succession of scenes and exposition actually add up to a story and enjoy the ride, or sink 2 1/2 hours into the most expensive abstract disaster film ever made. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2011
Scarface (1983) Sean Axmaker It's a whole new spin on the immigrant story and the American Dream as an underworld nightmare and a fitting bookend to the two Godfather films. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2011
X-Men: First Class (2011) Sean Axmaker While it never reaches the intelligence or character richness of the first two X-Men films, it's still the superior superhero spectacle of 2011 to date. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2011
Citizen Kane (1941) Sean Axmaker Above all, Welles was a showman and Citizen Kane is a three ring circus of cinematic ingenuity... EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2011
() Sean Axmaker ... a succession of brutal arena battles painted over in swaths of crimson CGI spatter and gaping wounds (a la 300) interspersed with softcore sex right... EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2011
Thor (2011) Sean Axmaker ... not to say that Thor is awful, simply uninspired, full of sound and fury and not much else. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2011
Jane Eyre (2011) Sean Axmaker ... this new incarnation embraces the Gothic gloom and lonely isolation of the novel but, like its stoic, strong heroine, never gives in to the darkness. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2011
The Big Lebowski (1998) Sean Axmaker The Coens concoct an absurdist Chandler-esque mystery, drop in a couple hilarious dream fantasies, and even bring in a drawling Sam Elliot to narrate this tall tale like a western myth. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2011
Sands of the Kalahari (1965) Sean Axmaker Cy Endfield explored similar themes in "Zulu" a year before but this comes off as pulp melodrama of the machismo variety. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2011
Stake Land (2010) Sean Axmaker There's a scruffy immediacy to the direction... but also a grace to the imagery and a commitment to the performances. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2011
Rio (2011) Sean Axmaker There's lots of color, some gorgeous animation, a running beat of lively (if not always memorable) music and the energy of lovely tropical birds in flight. The rest is formula... EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2011
Skidoo (1968) Sean Axmaker ... Keystone Mobsters, with career criminals and fun-loving hippies colliding in a comedy of flower power, slapstick and psychedelia... EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2011
Limitless (2011) Sean Axmaker It's not the science that's important, it's the momentum, the conceptual journey, the dynamism of the head games and chemically-enhanced battle of wits... EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2011
Rango (2011) Sean Axmaker ... this southwestern goof is really for really big kids with a love of movies, a sense of whimsy and a soft spot for the hideously gorgeous creatures of the desert. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2011
Of Gods and Men (2010) Sean Axmaker ... as powerful a film you'll ever see about faith, commitment and the courage of one's convictions. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2011
Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) Sean Axmaker ... a blood-spattered love letter to the grindhouse vengeance movie by first-time filmmakers who, as Spinal Tap might put it, crank everything up to 11. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2011
Barney's Version (2010) Sean Axmaker Director Richard J. Lewis never quite gets a handle on the sprawling storyline and stumbles over the tonal shifts... but Giamatti holds the center together. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2011
A Thousand Clowns (1965) Sean Axmaker ... there's something disingenuous about presenting defiant purposelessness and unemployment as an act of courage. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2011
People on Sunday (1930) Sean Axmaker The mix of naturalism, visual poetry, youthful energy and frisky sexuality of a canoodling romantic triangle is really quite irresistible. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2011
Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2009) Sean Axmaker The backstory satisfies a certain urge to know but lacks the gonzo mystery and waking nightmare horror of the original... EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2011
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) Sean Axmaker ... delivers a pulp punch while it savagely satirizes the entire hardboiled mythos with its bare-knuckle brutality, flights of purple prose dialogue and he-man chauvinism ... EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2011
The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Sean Axmaker Too bad the film doesn't have anything else to offer besides the chemistry between the photogenic leads, the handsome location shooting and the usual bromides ... EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2011
Red Riding Hood (2011) Sean Axmaker ... this gorgeously-mounted production fails to rouse the primitive ferocity of the primal beauty and the beast tale. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2011
Battle: Los Angeles (2011) Sean Axmaker ... this humorless film as unimaginative -- and as exhausting -- as you can get. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2011
Another Year (2010) Sean Axmaker There's a lot of anger and misery around them and yet it's amazing how this film... can also be so warming and affirming. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2011
The Man Who Would Be King (1975) Sean Axmaker ... one of the most rousing adventures of the 1970s. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2011
The Stunt Man (1980) Sean Axmaker The film twists and turns from scene to scene, carrying the audience on the some whirlwind mind-game... EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2011
True Grit (2010) Sean Axmaker ... the most accessible and successful (financially speaking) film of their career. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2011
The Merry Widow (1925) Sean Axmaker Stroheim revels in the mind-blowing decadence of the playground of royal existence... EDIT
Posted May 26, 2011
Laila (1929) Sean Axmaker ... there is an elemental power from the film's location shooting in the mountains of Norway. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2011
The Illusionist (2010) Sean Axmaker ... a delicate and delightful piece of old-fashioned hand-drawn animation where character is in body language and personality in the "performance." EDIT
Posted May 26, 2011
Blue Valentine (2010) Sean Axmaker ... a crucible for very powerful performances and a convincing relationship in all its contradictions. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2011
The Mechanic (2011) Sean Axmaker ... a minor pleasure to see an action film that makes a virtue of lean, mean action stripped to the essence. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2011
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) Sean Axmaker ... shenanigans play out to a score of classic Elton John songs (and two new ones) and a script crammed full of pop-culture references and Shakespeare puns. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2011