For 1,706 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Fox's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Sir! No Sir!
Lowest review score: 0 Superhero Movie
Score distribution:
1,706 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    If one masterpiece were to emerge from the recent glut of generally good quality Japanese horror movie, this chilling apocalyptic ghost story from Kyroshi Kurosawa is it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Cheung gives a revelatory performance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    There are moments of such breathtaking grace and artistry that you'd be forgiven for thinking you're watching the most beautiful movie ever made.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Actor-turned-writer Dan Futterman's smart, subtle screenplay, which explores both Capote's determination to turn murder into literature and the deeply troubling questions he raised in the process.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Of all the feature films and documentaries to emerge since 9/11, few have been as bold, perceptive or as downright chilling as this thriller.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Beautifully acted, structurally sophisticated heart-tugger.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Hadzihalilovic succeeds brilliantly at crafting a meaningful enigma that somehow grasps the essence of adolescence, but only grows more mysterious with each revelation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Jordan and McCabe's real triumph here, however, is the tenderness with which they imbues "Kitten," and the astonishing grace with which the extraordinary Murphy pulls it off.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Warmly funny and very moving.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    This exceptional film features some of the most beautiful cinematography ever seen on film, in service of some of the most horrible images imaginable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Rather than adapt the novel per se, Winterbottom has adapted Sterne's hilarious attempts to make the mess of life fit the neat contours of the novel by making a movie about an attempt to make Sterne's chaotic and confusing novel fit the contours of a film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    First-time feature director Sanaa Hamri's virtually perfect romantic comedy is a marvelous mix of brains and heart that confronts serious questions about race and dating with sensitivity, humor and enormous sex appeal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Powerful crime drama does more than just expose the criminal underbelly of South African township life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Shakespeare himself couldn't have written better or more complex characters, and far from strange, by the end of this extraordinary film you couldn't imagine Shakespeare performed anywhere else.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Even Wong's detractors, who consider him more stylist than auteur, will have a tough time dismissing the extraordinary emotional depth he achieves here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Basilio narrates his tale with such wit and wisdom that one comes away from the film wondering how much youthful potential is slowly being choked to death deep within the bowels of the earth.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Throughout this raw, often brilliant drama, the Dardennes refuse to judge these deeply flawed characters. They instead maintain a moral objectivity that ultimately leaves room for the possibility of redemption, no matter how dire the sins committed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Zieger's thoroughly researched film is a vital reminder that beginning in the mid-'60s, a few conscience-stricken military individuals -- including dermatologist Dr. Howard Levy, sickened by cynical attempts to win Vietnamese "hearts and minds" through medical treatment, and Navy nurse Susan Schnall, who wore her uniform to a civilian antiwar demonstration -- actively and openly voiced peace sentiments.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    One of the most harrowing, viscerally upsetting films ever made.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    It's full of humor, pathos and a deep humanism that comes as a warm blast in this age of lifeless, cinematic junk.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    It's simply one of the most beautiful films he's (Hou Hsiao Hsien) made to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    What makes husband-and-wife directing team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' hilarious debut such a great family film isn't that it's suitable for the whole family (it's not), but that it speaks a simple truth about what it means to be part of one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    One of the most perceptive movies about the gentrification of Los Angeles.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Superb drama from New York-based filmmakers Ryan Flek and Anna Boden.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    A marvelous, deceptively simple accomplishment shot on grainy 16mm film and featuring a cast of mostly nonprofessional actors delivering loosely written dialogue.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Once again, Field has crafted and grown-up movie that grabs you by the throat, drags you in and doesn't let you go until the very bitter end.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    This is a powerful, important and, in the end, profoundly poignant movie dedicated to the lives of men and women who fight wars and shoulder the burden of becoming "heroes" to help the rest of us make sense of what remains incomprehensible.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Tragically, the title of James Longley's beautifully shot 90-minute documentary refers to not only the state in which he found the Iraq during the two years he spent there shooting over 300 hours of footage, but the structure the violent factionalism that divides Iraqi Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds imposes on his film.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    After reminding us that the AIDS crisis in the West is far from over in "The Event," Fitzgerald widened his scope with this much-needed perspective on the global dimensions the disease has achieved. Despite the importance and seriousness of the subject, there's plenty of Fitzgerald's brand of sly humor on hand, particularly in the scenes involving the Quebecoise porn industry.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    A tense and tightly plotted fictional thriller is based on real tactics used by the Stasi -- East Germany's secret police force -- to spy on and interrogate their own citizens.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    On the list of WWII stories criminally ignored by six decades of combat movies in the past 60 years, the heroics of French colonial soldiers ranks pretty high. But Rachid Bouchareb's powerful drama -- which won the 2006 Cannes Film Festival's best-actors award for its superb ensemble cast and was nominated for a best foreign-language-film Oscar, went a long way toward rectifying the situation, both on screen and in real life.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    In the end, it's best to make peace with the film's essential and deliberate inscrutability -- something Lynch fans have learned to do since Twin Peaks -- and to simply marvel at Dern's astonishing performance, which few actresses are likely to top anytime soon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    All behave in ways that may at first seem incomprehensible, but through Moncrieff's expert storytelling, each woman is finally rendered merely human.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    A small comic masterpiece that dares to deal with that of which many Sicilians dare not speak: the Mafia.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    German filmmaker Malte Ludin's gripping documentary about the father he barely knew is both an extraordinary exercise in family history and an example of what Germans call Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung: "facing the past," particularly the years of Hitler's Third Reich.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Released simultaneously in the U.S. with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Oscar-nominated fictional thriller "The Lives of Others," this chilling 82-minute documentary about three souls destroyed by the Stasi, the notorious secret police of East Germany, puts a cold, factual gloss on what might otherwise be taken for fiction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Caton-Jones' refusal to pull back on showing exactly what happened to the 800,000 Rwandans who were murdered that spring means that strong stomachs and even stronger nerves are required, but the film demands to be seen by anyone attempting to grasp how -- and just how quickly -- genocide can occur.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Zoo
    Bold and unforgettable meditation on a truly bizarre incident that pokes at the very heart of one of our culture's biggest taboos.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    In the end, Haar's powerful and terribly sad film speaks volumes, not just about life in contemporary Israel, but in the U.S. as well.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Sicilian-born filmmaker Emanuele Crialese takes a huge leap forward from his pretty but simplistic "Respiro" with this highly original, startlingly beautiful and emotionally resonant film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Of the long list of couples who have loved neither wisely nor particularly well, few have such power to disturb as Burton Pugach and the love of his life, Linda Riss.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Burtynsky's keen sense of color, pattern and composition are obvious from his work, but equally acute are his thoughts on how he as an artist as well as an inhabitant of the planet fits into the larger scheme of things.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    The real emotional impact of the film lies in the candid interviews with Crowhurst's wife, Clare, and his son, Simon, both of whom are clearly still haunted by Crowhurst and his fateful voyage.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Against all odds, you'll leave this remarkable film caring quite a bit for the old coot -- surely a sign of a very good documentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    The final confrontation is a slow-motion, De Palma-esque massacre in a hotel lobby that begins and ends in the amount of time it takes for a high-flying can of Red Bull to hit the floor. Breathtaking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    The result is a beguiling and often poignant pageant of outsider musicians, but the broken heart of this extraordinary film comes directly from Zobel's own personal experience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Lee has perfectly captured the details, textures, sights and sounds of a China caught between East and West, occupied by an ancient enemy and quaking on the eve of an earth-shaking revolution.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    With his carefully controlled pacing and superb use of sound, Sarkies draws the viewer deep into the experience of a town caught completely off-guard by a kind of violence they could never have expected, and won't soon forget.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Documentary filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine found an ingenious way to tell their story in a film that is as unflinching as it is uplifting.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Amalric is extraordinary, creating a character literally without moving a muscle.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Wu is able to demonstrate both the timelessness and the universality of stories which, on the surface, sound extreme and unique.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    In the end, Bill emerges as someone truly unique and someone who we feel privileged to know.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Few of China's Sixth Generation filmmakers have turned to their country's explosive economic growth and its attendant upheavals with so sharp an eye and so heavy a heart as Jia Zhang-ke.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    The film is bold stroke that hopes to push Romanian society forward by staring into the dismal failures of its recent past.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Bahrani's willingness to expose the shameful reality of third-world conditions in the Land of Plenty while telling a crackling good story marks him as a filmmaker as important as he is accessible.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Dunn's elegant, full-length debut presents a frightening and powerful argument against the kind of reckless, profit-driven land development that not only threatens natural resources, but life itself.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    It can hardly be called a children's film, but a masterpiece of feature-film animation for all ages.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    So it should come as no surprise that what Maddin eventually produced is a film about HIS Winnipeg, a psychological terrain that's no more -- nor less -- "real" than William Carlos William's Paterson or Marcel Proust's Combray.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    The title, by the way, is age-old slang for a soldier's complete combat gear, which for the U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- both real and otherwise -- weighs over 50 pounds.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Never an easy one to impress, Reed is clearly in awe of Antony's ethereal voice, and it must now stand as the definitive version of a 40 year old song.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    At the heart of this picturesque fable is a truism so shopworn it can barely stand repeating: It's better to give than to receive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Fox
    Thom Andersen's idiosyncratic, three-hour masterpiece is both a dazzling work of film criticism and a fascinating piece of urban anthropology.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    If there's pleasure to be derived from the misfortunes of others, then Julian Fellowes' wickedly entertaining adaptation of Nigel Balchin's nearly forgotten 1951 novel is a barrel of fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    That the film should have the look and feel of a classic teleplay by, say, Rod Serling, is probably no accident -- the style is one more reminder of just how regrettably short of Murrow's vision we've fallen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    First-time director Mark Milgard displays enormous promise and a surprisingly sensitive touch with this beautifully rendered tragedy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    At a little over two hours, there's a lot of Langlois to digest. But cinephiles won't mind a bit: Richard includes tons of great anecdotes and clips from classic films that wouldn't exist if Langlois hadn't saved them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    This is the rare Holocaust documentary that ends on an optimistic note, and Comforty's film might even help reinforce one's faith in humankind.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    This might be the only documentary that will appeal to punks and Mormons alike.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    A thoughtful, unsparing look at a controversial subject: suicide bombing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Important, awareness-building documentary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    A beautifully shot, wonderfully moving film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Cornillac is excellent as the emotionally immature Gilles, but this is Devos' show.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    There is, however, considerable humor to what might have been an exceedingly grim film, and most of it comes courtesy of Mona's slippery brother, Marwan (Ashraf Barhoum).
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Thanks largely to Tabatabai's superb performance, it's on this level that Maccarone's film is most affecting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Directed with charming restraint by the acclaimed American producer Dan Ireland, the film is a quiet triumph for Dame Joan.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    While Gyllenhaal is a competent actor, Ledger - surprisingly enough - is becoming a great one, and the levels of intensity they bring to their roles render this romantically star-crossed relationship emotionally lopsided.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Rarely do movies portray the elderly with such admiration and respect.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    It's intriguing stuff, but Curtis overplays his hand when he underplays the existence of any real threat (Madrid? London? Amman?), proposes that Al Qaeda is a fiction and risks undermining the credibility of an otherwise compelling argument.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Through what sounds like a project of unpromisingly limited scope, Lee manages to touch on a surprisingly wide range of subjects, from cultural identity, familial expectations, community responsibility and, above all, self-definition.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Easily one of the most brutally realistic horror movies since the original "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (1974).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    The film is surprisingly satisfying and meaningful.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Told mostly through haunting, often chilling visual fragments, this handsomely mounted and unusually gripping account amounts to an important exercise in biography: It faithfully restores Spielrein to her rightful place as a crucial contributor to the fields of child psychology and psychoanalysis.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Beautifully played by Valette and Zylberstein, and directed with amazing grace by Albou, this touching film offers a respectful, fascinating look at a community that's ignored as often as it's misunderstood.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Amazingly, not all of the witty and wise barbs are Wilde's, and any confusion between the old and the new is probably the highest compliment one could possibly pay to screenwriter Howard Himelstein's tart screenplay.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Songwriter Jack Johnson's collection of laid-back, sunshine pop tunes unobtrusively support the sweet and surprisingly touching story line, rather than the other way around.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    A bracing cover of Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds," performed by no fewer than seven acoustic guitars, rounds out the set, but be sure to stick around for the credits.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Eight magnificent sled dogs must fend for themselves amid Antarctica's frozen wastes in this top-notch survival adventure that will reduce the coldest heart to a puddle of warm slush.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Provocative, deeply unsettling mockumentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    The film is a shattering experience fueled by Jentsch's electrifying performance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    It's a fascinating film, simultaneously enthralling, infuriating and guaranteed to make viewers ask how such a perversion of the political process could be taking place in America.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    What's suspenseful - and so troubling - is seeing exactly how far the "progressives" of GCS are willing to go to put a decidedly unpopular candidate back into office, regardless of what it will mean for the future of the country and for Bolivian democracy itself.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Forget haunted houses and the mountains of the moon: There's no better environment to show off the wonder of the immersive IMAX 3-D experience than the deep blue sea.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    While touching on subjects as serious and diverse as capital punishment, the devaluation of women in Iran and the true Islamic concept of forgiveness, this powerful melodrama from the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is anything but a message movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Harrowing, psychologically astute drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Beautifully shot in rich colors by Franz Lustig, it's possibly Wenders' most accessible film to date, and among his most emotionally satisfying.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    So laugh all you want at the proud haircutters of Beauty Without Borders - but don't underestimate what a basic cut and color can mean for a country's future.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    A gorgeous feature that's both passing strange and undeniably beautiful.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    The casual listener is easily put off, but by the end of the film, even a newcomer can see the magic that made fans of Kurt Cobain and Sonic Youth and led the estimable Yo La Tengo, Pearl Jam and Wilco to cover Johnston's remarkable body of work.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Mohammad Rasoulof's heartfelt and darkly comic second feature proves beyond any doubt that Iranian film is still alive and well, despite waning Western interest in one of the world's richest contemporary cinemas.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    For a film that feels so breezy on the surface, it's a surprisingly complex character study.

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