For 1,708 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 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Fox's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Flags of Our Fathers
Lowest review score: 0 Superhero Movie
Score distribution:
1708 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Some nice scenery, an unexpectedly funny performance by Jodie Foster and a unflaggingly spunky Abigail Breslin make for above average family entertainment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    What this spectacular-looking sci-fi thriller lacks in originality it makes up for in pure beauty: It just might be the most visually audacious and startlingly beautiful space opera since the original "Solaris."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    perfectly serviceable costume drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    More gripping than anything on Court TV and unexpectedly uplifting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    What's best about Block's documentary is how well he captures his own shifting perceptions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Dryly funny, deceptively simple road movie that quietly reveals the state of contemporary Romanian life.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    fFrst-time feature filmmaker Cam Archer turns what might have been an exercise in salaciousness into a stylish visual poem about desire and adolescent alienation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    A flawed but nevertheless endearing father-son road trip with a distinctive twist.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    There have been a number of worth documentaries about gender-benders who cross every conceivable line, but Tomer Heymann's film about a group of Filipino cross-dressers living in Israel is a drag doc with a difference.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Watching Binoche dithering about an American comedy takes some getting used to, but she's a believable soul mate for the hangdog Carell. The rest of the family, however, has got to go.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    It's all confusing, woozy and slightly stoned, and feels very much like adolescence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Cruise is downright scary. It's the creepiest -- and most entertaining -- performance since his unforgettable appearance in that Scientology video.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Location shooting gives this intermittently powerful film a semidocumentary feel.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    For all the impending doom, the film remains suitable for kids of all ages (the filmmakers even end on a happily reassuring note that is at odds with the film's overall message).
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The title refers to the giant promotional sign for the Hollywoodland real-estate development that once loomed on the side of Mt. Cahuenga. Shorn of its last four letters 10 years before Reeves' death, it survives as the iconic Hollywood sign.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Leaves you wanting much more.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    A well-acted character piece.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Wragby is a stately manor straight out of English House & Garden, rather than a sprawling, suffocating warren teetering on the edge of a coal pit, and sex is portrayed as a means of personal deliverance rather than a universal salvation, leaving Lawrence's admirers still waiting for the film that will finally do the novel justice.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Even though Kinnear is meant to be obvious love interest, it's the relationship between Kate and Angie that becomes the film's central story, making this comedy sweeter -- and more honest in its depiction of class difference -- than one might otherwise expect.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    A sweet, unassuming surprise.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Ambling but never less than endearing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Sebastien Pentecouteau's startlingly beautiful cinematography lends the film a dreamlike quality and perfectly suits Kounen's mystical subject matter.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Fortunately, no amount of optical wizardry and quick-change trickery can disguise the fundamental power of Harper's performance, a revelatory turn that's truly transformative in every sense of the term.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Raw, uncompromising and surprisingly explicit.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Conrad's script surprises at nearly every turn.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Happily, many of the figures spoken about throughout the film are still with us -- Neville is even able to reproduce Patricia Foure's famous group photo with most of its original subjects.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    With 20/20 9/11 hindsight, it's clear that covertly arming the Mujahedeen wasn’t such a good idea after all, but neither Nichols nor Sorkin wants to spoil the fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Throughout, Holstein makes no bones about the fact that Father Mychal was hardly perfect -- he was a recovering alcoholic who found salvation in Alcoholics Anonymous -- nor does he attempt to disguise Father Mychal's homosexuality, something he never made public but which no doubt grounded his gutsy work with gay Catholics and people with AIDS.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    If you can get past the lips, Ryan gives a touching performance as a woman determined to battle her cancer while knowing life offers no guarantees except death -- an understanding no doubt sharpened by Kasdan's own experience battling Hodgkin's disease as a teenager.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The film's highlights are far and away the musical performances.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    It presents an image of today's Israeli army, composed of teenagers who are by now several generations removed from the founders' original vision and have begun to question whether tactics designed to keep the country safe will only lead to increased levels of fear, humiliation and deadly violence.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Even though the screen is often divided into a Mondrian-like grid, each individual box containing its own discreet moving image, McDonald's film is surprisingly fluid and easy to follow.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Likably low-key, character-driven dramatic comedy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The film is by turns strident, obvious, righteously angry and inspired.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Goldbacher's film is lovely to look at, but the blurry heart of the film only suffers by the comparison.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Though extensively fictionalized -- Sorowitch is loosely based on the notorious, larger-than-life forger Salomon Smolianoff; Herzog on SS officer Bernhard Krueger, after whom the operation was named.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Apatow's clever comedy is a romance in reverse, and it works.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    A solid performance by the often underrated Judith Light lends considerable weight to this melodrama's controversial subject.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The fine acting and sexy chemistry between Bonham Carter and Eckhart make it work.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Aside from the overbearing soundtrack, the film is mercifully unsentimental and Ami himself can be quite droll.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Crtainly worthy of serious attention and filled with revealing moments.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Peculiar but oddly winsome fable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Andrew Neel's fascinating but troubling documentary about his famous grandmother is more than a mere biography of an important 20th-century artist: It's also an intimate portrait of a family member that questions whether or not "great artist" and "good parent" can ever be combined in the same person.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Director John Crowley and screenwriter Mark O'Rowe's follow-up to their feature film debut "Intermission" may follow an all-too schematic flashback structure, but the film is too brilliantly acted for that to really matter much.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    It's a handsome production, and a pleasure to watch. With a shadowy palette and a set design reminiscent of Edward Hopper's nocturnes, a soundtrack hearkening back to the sounds of vintage rock 'n' roll, and a cast of characters straight out of a James M. Cain novel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Working from a script by TV actor Dylan Haggerty, Araki manages to capture what he's been trying to say all along about the lives of the stoned and indifferent with the kind of effortlessness those earlier attempts sorely lacked.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Law-abiding Americans who hand off a solid chunk of their salaries to the IRS might be interested in what filmmaker Aaron Russo has to say on the subject of income tax.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    This handsomely mounted documentary takes the same, indulgent tone that at lot of Thompson's friends and associates seem to have had.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Whatever the project's "reality," it's insightful as well as entertaining, and the inclusion of real interviews with people both inside and outside the business means it functions as both an intelligent critique and a dire warning.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Neither a prequel nor a sequel. Nor is it really much of a horror movie: It's a bizarre, bloody family drama that puts its predecessor into a larger social context.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    An observant and sensitively played drama about adolescent sexuality, unrequited love and heartbreak.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Many of the script's observations sound as though they were lifted directly from the pages of Baxter's book, and they're too platitudinous to impart much wisdom to anyone who's been in and out of love at least once in his or her life. But it's nice to see these ideas played out by a fine cast.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The dialogue is minimal but sharp, the pace swift and the action sequences suitably loud and brutal.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    As lightheartedly as the film plays, Morrison manages to say quite a few serious things about immigration and otherness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Chinese director Ann Hu follows-up her tepid 2000 debut "Shadow Magic" with another luscious historical drama that, thankfully, is a lot more interesting. The plot is no less melodramatic, but here melodramatics work along with the film's theme, not against it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The gritty location shooting, the absence of a soundtrack and the casting of non-professionals in key roles help capture an all-important sense of place with almost documentary precision.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Style oozing from virtually every frame.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    It's mostly very crude, often very funny and a little bit smarter than you might otherwise think.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The film is a pleasant breeze that refreshes, mostly because it's a rare, thoughtful comedy clearly intended for grown-ups.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    This charming tale of a quartet of Australian orphans who share a life-altering holiday in the 1960s should appeal to sentimental adults old enough to wax nostalgic over their own adolescences.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    In the end it remains an academic exercise, though a dazzlingly ambitious one that’s well worth seeing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Goldberger, who made his debut with the similarly gritty and deliberately unpolished "Trans," tries to pull the novel's concerns to the surface, but much of its subtlety is lost. Giamatti, however, delivers yet another superb performance, turning what might have been a freak show into an unexpectedly moving experience.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The end result is an entertaining tour film.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Much of it will probably go right over the heads of kids who aren't familiar with classic movies or the naughtiness of Eddie Izzard.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Aduaka's comprehensive account of an African nightmare covers a lot of important ground, making this flawed film worth seeing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Unlike, say, David Cronenberg, who manages to establish a crucial, critical distance between his audience and his schizophrenic protagonist in his adaptation of Patrick McGrath's similarly themed "Spider," Carrere re-creates the insane mind through his camera, and diffuses his point about subjective experience by inadvertently raising questions about truth and the movies.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Taking its title from a key track by the NYC noise band Sonic Youth, S.A. Crary's documentary about No Wave music and its paradoxical influence is both a history of music that sought to defy history and a sharp look at the crisis of innovation in an age of commodified nostalgia.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Despite some excitingly shot concert footage, one scene begins to feel very much like the next, and it's all rather predictable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Veteran conspiracy buffs probably won’t find much of Stone's material particularly new, but Stone’s film does serve as a neat summary for the rest of us while offering a number of intriguing insights into how conspiracy theories work and what they say about specific cultural and political climates.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    It's rendered in shiny, state-of-the-art CG animation, not the charming pen-and-ink drawings with which Seuss illustrated his own books or the hand-drawn artistry Chuck Jones brought to the 1970 Horton Hears a Who! short. But considering the messes that came before, that's a minor quibble.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    However you feel about her character and what she may or may not have done, Tamblyn's portrayal of Stephanie Daley is softly devastating.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Writer-director James Ponsoldt's first feature is a small, modest movie structured around a fairly simple situation that leaves plenty of room for some fine performances.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    For all the gushy feelings, the plight of women like Kiranjit, bound not only by domineering, often physically abusive husbands but by racism and oppressive cultural traditions as well, is poignantly portrayed.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Naturally there's plenty of adolescent drama both on stage and off, and if the film ultimately feels a little thin, that's also to be expected.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Serrill wisely divides his film into chapters according to year, which helps structure the story's natural repetitiveness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The period detail is evocative, Watson and Etel are particularly good, and baby Crusoe -- a computer-generated image seamlessly woven into the live action -- is a slippery little star in his own right.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    It's wholesome fun for the whole family.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Berman and Pulcini, who turned Harvey Pekar's graphic memoir into the visually inventive, Oscar-nominated "American Splendor," dress this film as an anthropological field diary and add several fabulous touches.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Interestingly, the real heart of the film is in the finely drawn adult characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Rossier's film leaves the dispiriting impression that democracy simply will not be tolerated in the Southern Hemisphere.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The Armenian-American quartet have taken it upon themselves to teach their fans about what happened to their families in that now-forgotten time, a deeply personal mission that has proven effective in politicizing their audiences.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    An enjoyably ironic rethink of a beloved fairy tale.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The movie's refusal to treat young girls like silly tramps-in-training is almost radical: It's just good, clean fun and actually offers children of a certain age a role model even adults can feel good about.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    A lot fresher and bit more sophisticated than the ordinary run of maudlin chick flicks and crude gross-out sex farces that now pass for romantic comedies.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Dramatically simple but emotionally complex.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    By the film's downbeat climax, Cerda's dread of death and uncertainty about digging too deeply into what's better left buried have become palpable, and The Abandoned lingers beneath the skin as any decent horror movie should.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    XXY
    Efron's remarkable performance as a wild child who seems to truly exist somewhere betwixt and between is riveting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Singaporean writer-director Eric Khoo's third feature is a beautiful, contemplative study of love -- unrequited, unfulfilled and reborn.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Equal parts "Oliver Twist" and "Pinocchio," Russian director Andrei Kravchuk's fictional hearttugger exposes a troubling real-life practice in contemporary Russia: the buying and selling of abandoned children to rich foreign couples.

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