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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Fox's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Something New
Lowest review score: 0 Strange Wilderness
Score distribution:
1,706 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    The results are a harrowingly intimate connection with a torn, tormented father, and an uncommonly powerful film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Serves as a powerful tribute to a group of heroes who gave those they saved something nearly as valuable as life: proof that the best of the human spirit can endure even through the worst of times.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Akinshina and Bogucharskij are remarkable together, and Moodysson once again demonstrates a sophisticated visual skill matched only by his innate understanding of the adolescent heart.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    One of the best movies Hollywood has ever made about itself, a extraordinary meta-narrative that continually questions its own ability to capture human experience, disappointment and uneventful loneliness. It's hilariously funny.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Thrilling, heart-wrenching tale of the real-life incredible journey.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Expansive and undeniably brilliant.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    A bold, remarkable film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Moncrieff offers a rare, unromantic take on female adolescence as sharp as a razor: It cuts right to the bone.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    This mordantly funny, emotionally piquant depiction of post-adolescent angst also has its roots in the graphic novel format.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Haynes took an enormous risk here, but thanks to his thoughtful script and an utterly sincere performance from Moore, what could have easily become a cold, calculated exercise in postmodern pastiche winds up a powerful and deeply moving example of melodramatic moviemaking.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    what makes Caro's film a future classic is What so many movies geared toward younger audiences lack: a cool and very courageous 'tween heroine whom boys and girls of all ages can admire
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Alternating between the sad facts of Nascimento life -- which included a stretch at one of Rio's notorious prisons -- with the events unfolding outside the botanical garden, the film is a pulse-pounding piece of documentary reportage, and a terribly important account of a social problem in developing countries that won't be going away anytime soon.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Like the violence in Alan Clarke's Elephant, the BBC documentary about Northern Ireland from which the film takes its name, Van Sant offers no straightforward reasons for what happens at this particular school. The explosion of violence is far from unmotivated, but its roots are presented as deeply personal and, even more troubling, ultimately inexplicable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    And while this director's cut doesn't really differ all that much from the original 1979 release, it contains a few minutes of never-before seen footage, including one serious bitch slap and an entire scene in which Ripley stumbles upon a few not-quite-dead crew members whose terrible fates foreshadow James Cameron's 1986 sequel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    There's also very little dialogue, but what there is is often very funny, and Ceylan is a master of the dead-pan visual gags that reveal volumes about his character.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    The film serves as a potent reminder of what conditions were like in Afghanistan before the U.S. bombing campaign ended the Taliban's reign of terror, and, as such, its timing couldn't be any better.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Powerful stuff from writer-director Li Yang that's both an uncompromising indictment of the human cost of China's evolving market economy and an nail-bitingly suspenseful thriller.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Every frame gleams and the camel -- a double-humped wonder whose unusual majesty and quiet mystery drives this wonderful film -- is magnificent to behold.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Marvelously entertaining, and occasionally brilliant, political satire.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    In its own quiet way, it's among the most important films you're likely to see this year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Terminal illness, depression, suicide and one very angry young man: If there's such a thing as a kitchen-sink comedy, writer-director Lone Scherfig's sad but often very funny film is it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    For once, Carrey is more than merely tolerable. He's actually good, and the film that ebbs and flows around him is something you won't soon forget.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    The folks at Disney prove that clothes -- and little else -- make a man, and do so with extraordinary style.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Rarely has mental illness been depicted so subjectively and seemed so immediate: John's daily struggle to determine what's real and what isn't becomes as palpable as it is poignant. It's also a touching testament to the love and dedication of John's family.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Shattering documentary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    If any film can be considered required viewing as the conflict in Iraq continues to drag on and be reported, surely this among them.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Even those who dismiss Von Trier as a talented sadist might reconsider after seeing this revealing and ultimately poignant documentary -- and the funny thing is, on the surface it's not even about him.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    This rich, complex and surprisingly entertaining film also becomes a meditation on filmmaking and the parallels McElwee finds between cinema and, of all things, smoking.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    In the end, the film is both a fitting elegy for Arna and the children she tried to help and a deeply disturbing warning about what will continue to breed within the occupied territories until peace is brought to Palestine.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    A marvelously entertaining, deeply moving treatment of a highly controversial practice: female genital mutilation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    It never fails to come as a shock to find how profoundly moving it all is when these gentle films draw to their graceful conclusions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    The result is an astonishingly complex, striking original portrait of an artist whose deeply personal art, intended for no one but God and himself, demands to be treated on its own terms.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    While it stands as a distinct film in its own right, this film is still very much of a piece with "Shoah," and the subject is presented in the same haunting manner.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Nearly 75 years after the fact, the matter still hasn't given up all its secrets, but Denis' film comes close to a definitive, deeply disturbing account.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    This film represents a perfect match of filmmaker and material. Akerman's fondness for long, static takes and circular, recurring dialogue perfectly suits the maddening repetitions that set the tone of Proust's darkest work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    This is a brave, groundbreaking film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    More of the same from Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang, which is good news to anyone who's fallen under the sweet, melancholy spell of this unique director's previous films.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Eisenstadt has an unerring sense of comedic rhythm and a knack of cutting away just in time to extract the drop of humor from a potentially pathetic situation.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda's most accessible film to date is also his most wrenching.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Aside from the women themselves, the most remarkable thing about Gabbert's unexpectedly entertaining film is how effortlessly it dispels misconceptions about the elderly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Indeed, Hirschbiegel himself seems reluctant to single out a protagonist, and finally settles on Junge.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Ghobadi has little use for sentimentality, and never flinches from the fate of these children.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Rarely have six hours spent doing ANYTHING seemed so rewarding.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    It's not a pretty picture, but it's an important one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    The kind of brainy human comedy that only this formidable French auteur seems capable of making.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    The complete absence of world leaders is a bewildering sign that the world still doesn't care much about small African countries with no exploitable resources to speak of, and a troubling indication that such atrocities can, and no doubt will, happen again.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    An intoxicating dream of a film that speaks to the daydreamer in all of us.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Despite outward appearances, Paolo Virzi's utterly charming fable is actually a razor-sharp political satire.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    You'll gladly surrender to the whole gorgeous muddle.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    "All of us are by nature wild beasts. We must be like animal trainers and teach ourselves tricks alien to our bestiality." Cutting-edge Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul uses this quote from the novelist Ton Nakajima to introduce his entrancing third feature.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Maverick Chinese director Jia Zhangke examines the rapidly changing face of China as its economy edges further toward a modified form of market capitalism with yet another complex, multicharacter masterpiece.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Versatile, highly skilled Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland's poignant drama examines the lingering effects of U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Unpredictable and hugely entertaining.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Far more than mere fish tale, Sauper's dark, devastating documentary profiles a socio-ecological nightmare with unimaginable consequences, and it's one of the best films about the ugly reality of the global marketplace.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Its opponents, Arab and Israeli alike, the "wall" is a dispiriting symbol of apartheid and defeat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Innovative sounds and striking visuals combine to form an exquisite cinematic work.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Hopkins plays "Hopkins," and the buff, terribly miscast Gyllenhaal will be convincing only to viewers who've never set foot on a university campus. What makes it worth seeing, however, is the extraordinary chemistry between the atypically raw and unguarded Paltrow and Davis, a fabulously talented actress once again testing her range with a performance unlike any she's given in the past.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Actor-turned-first-time-filmmaker Liev Schreiber tosses out most of what made Jonathan Safran Foer's too-clever-by-half debut novel so precious, rooting out the heart of Foer's story from the precocious bombast.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Raw, uncompromising and surprisingly explicit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Running just a little over two hours and wordily narrated by talk-radio host Amy Goodman, Stephen Vittoria's hagiography spends more time bemoaning the past 30 years of U.S. political history and setting the dismal tone for McGovern's arrival on the political scene than it does on his 1972 campaign.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Dark, dank and violent, filled with terrifying scenes in which exploited children are beaten, shot or starving to death. In other words, it's just as Dickens wrote.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    You'll laugh and hate yourself for it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Peddle captures a vital and increasingly visible community that's easily misunderstood, and his film will undoubtedly help novices further understand the complex differences separating gays, transsexuals and the transgendered.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    All the paraphernalia so important to the image of the Reich, particularly the uniforms, are painstakingly rendered, bringing a heightened sense of realism to what might otherwise have been a romantic coming-of-age tale.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Works best as an illustration of the way conspiracy theories serve to weave threads of order, however fantastic, during moments of incomprehensible upheaval.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Location shooting gives this intermittently powerful film a semidocumentary feel.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    An observant and sensitively played drama about adolescent sexuality, unrequited love and heartbreak.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    There's little difference between this joyful holiday film and the standard-issue yuletide-miracle movie, except that the holiday isn't Christmas.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Heartfelt and often very funny.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Exchanging Buddhist mantras like diet tips, they thoughtlessly destroy themselves after destroying each other.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Some four decades after the birth of the gay-rights movement, the excess and sexual abandon of gay life in the '70s seems more an aberration than an accurate picture of out-and-about gay life at the end of the 20th century.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    One isn't quite ready to forgive the miscasting of Gere, however, who is about as convincing a Kabbalistic scholar as Madonna.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    South African director Mark Bamford's sweet-natured ensemble film doesn't shy away from addressing issues of racism -- both black and white.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    It's a thoughtful and ultimately chilling take on a tragedy that still has the power to disturb and divide.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Rossier's film leaves the dispiriting impression that democracy simply will not be tolerated in the Southern Hemisphere.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Zizek as a larger-than-life figure who manages to engage you even when you're not entirely sure what he's going on about.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    How about something a little nasty for the holidays?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Aside from the overbearing soundtrack, the film is mercifully unsentimental and Ami himself can be quite droll.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    We can only hope that the time frame is meant to be sometime before 9/11, and not after. Either way, it's a troubling vision of how terrorism and "martyrdom" occur on both sides of this ghostly war, and is both perpetrated and facilitated by the very forces enlisted to stop it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    A flawed but nevertheless endearing father-son road trip with a distinctive twist.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Clad in dull khakis and a polo shirt, the always reliable Kinnear is his (Brosnon's) perfect foil, while Davis' neat turn as a suburban wife with a penchant for guns and the men who use them turns what might have been a cliched supporting role into something worth watching.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    An enjoyably ironic rethink of a beloved fairy tale.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Lucas rarely breaks his glower to express anything other than tough determination. It's an attitude that's clearly modeled on that of storied Nicks' coach Pat Riley, who, it so happens, played for Kentucky that now legendary final game.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Among those who are on hand to offer their own feelings about the man known as Peter Berlin and his art are fellow porn legend Jack Wrangler, groundbreaking gay writer Armistead Maupin, pornographer Wakefield Poole and director John Waters, who remembers Peter from his days in San Francisco, and still doesn't quite get what he's all about.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    This quirky, uncommonly intelligent adaptation is a strange delight.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Where "Brockback" leaves its lovers where gay love stories have left them for centuries - isolated, ostracized and miserable - this small comedy finds a far more liberated alternative for everyone involved. In its own modest way, it's the far more radical film.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Ambling but never less than endearing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Simultaneously shocking and deeply religious, Carlos Reygadas' follow-up to his acclaimed 2002 debut, "Japon," tells the story of one man's battle for spiritual redemption through a series of explicit images rarely seen by even the most jaded art-house audiences.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Rapp's theatrical past is evident throughout: His strongest scenes tend to be those purely character-driven moments when his sharp dialogue takes precedence over any cinematic action. Harris gives another strong performance and Ferrell is great in a comic but low-key role, but this is Deschanel's movie.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The original English scripts certainly were peppered with sly, topical asides aimed squarely at adults. Paul Bassett Davies' updated screenplay attempts to follow suit, but what passes for topical these days is pretty much limited to industry inside jokes and constant allusions other movies. Thankfully, the animation itself is thoroughly inspired.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The film's highlights are far and away the musical performances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Though impressively ambitious and making the most of a small budget and talented cast, director Ari Taub's feature concentrates so intently on the day-to-day minutiae of infantry life on World War II's European front that the bigger picture gets lost.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Occasionally overrated as a writer but consistently underrated as a director, Towne does a marvelous job resurrecting all the seedy jumble of the long-gone Bunker Hill neighborhood.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Slow but charming film.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    It will certainly appeal to its target audience, and Bynes is charming enough to carry the whole film on her shoulders, which is a good thing considering that she's in just about every scene and leading man Tatum is a stiff.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    You just know that any film that opens with Nietzsche's aphorism about hope being an evil that only prolongs the torments of man isn't going to a comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The overall effect of watching his film is a bit like a nerve-racking game of Russian roulette: You just know a gun is going to go off, but you don't know which of this multitude of characters it's going to hit.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Needless to say, anyone who's not entirely down with the beastly noise of the Beastie Boys will hate every second of it. This one's strictly for -- and, for the most part, by -- the fans.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The morbid theme notwithstanding, this is by no means a downbeat film, and it ends with the rather hopeful thought that for every disaster there's also a chance for survival.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    More gripping than anything on Court TV and unexpectedly uplifting.

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