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

Ken Fox's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Chop Shop
Lowest review score: 0 Strange Wilderness
Score distribution:
1,706 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    A clever, ingeniously animated film filled with many shining moments.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    It can hardly be called a children's film, but a masterpiece of feature-film animation for all ages.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Builds so gradually you probably won't realize it's a near-masterpiece until it's over, but there are hints along the way.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Amalric is extraordinary, creating a character literally without moving a muscle.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    The film could easily be reduced to a parable of post-Communist Eastern Europe, but the allegory digs deeper into the very order of things, exemplified by 17th-century musicologist Andreas Werckmeister's arbitrary imposition of a "tempered" tonal system over naturally occurring tunings.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    A marvelously entertaining, deeply moving treatment of a highly controversial practice: female genital mutilation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Not only is it a reintroduction to a fascinating culture that has survived 4,000 years in a remote and most inhospitable climate, but it's also the first film ever directed by an Inuit filmmaker and featuring an all-Inuit cast.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Denis dispenses with most of Melville's hefty Christian symbolism in favor of the story's other great theme -- repressed homoerotic desire.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    The accents are thick and the soundtrack noisy, but even as the screen explodes in chaos, Greenglass maintains a solid grip on the story.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    One of the most harrowing, viscerally upsetting films ever made.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Never less than gripping.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    The French-language voice cast is first-rate, although the film will also be released in the U.S. in an English-language version featuring Sean Penn, Iggy Pop and Gena Rowlands in addition to Deneuve and Mastroianni.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    It can be funny, but the humor is too often based in stereotypical perceptions of Asians (they're short, they're laughably polite, they eat weird food), and Coppola shamelessly invites us to laugh along with Murray's character, who, believe it or not, thinks it's hilarious when his hosts get their "r"s and "l"s switched.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Rarely have six hours spent doing ANYTHING seemed so rewarding.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    The film runs 95 minutes, and you'll be holding your breath for most of them.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    The anger that fuels Ferguson's film is felt in nearly every frame.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    This is sentimentality of the best kind, a touching display of male bonding amid terror and aching loneliness worthy of Howard Hawks at his finest.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Focusing strictly on stripped-down performances of great music and the charming chemistry between the two leads, it's a perfectly realized yet unassuming movie that deserves to find a big audience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    This mordantly funny, emotionally piquant depiction of post-adolescent angst also has its roots in the graphic novel format.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Look carefully at that final scene; few happy endings have ever felt so downbeat.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    A sad and sometimes funny tale of Alzheimer's, love and loss.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    A small comic masterpiece that dares to deal with that of which many Sicilians dare not speak: the Mafia.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda's most accessible film to date is also his most wrenching.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    They're answers that will either earn your respect, or further damn him as the architect of an American nightmare.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    A bold, painful memoir that finds an innovative middle-ground between conventional documentary and a homemade, home-movie collage.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    The film is filled with humor, compassion and cajones, and never once glosses over the fact that these guys are prickly personalities who can sometimes act like jerks. There are also a few tears, but remarkably, not a single one is shed in pity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    On a miniscule budget, Ghobadi conveys the terror of war, while the beautifully edited sequence in which Iranian villagers make bricks resembles nothing so much as a choreographed dance number.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    The final effect, particularly the climactic ballroom sequence, is astonishing -- a haunting impression of the vast synchronicity of unbroken time that must surely stand as one of the great achievements in the development of the movie medium.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    On the surface, nothing really happens, but to call it a nonevent would be to miss the point entirely.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Where this still vital series was once about what sets us apart, it now seems to be turning towards the things that, in the end, render us all equal.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Oddly enough, this uncharacteristic offering from a director whose name instantly evokes a very particular kind of film -- call it postmodern American gothic -- is also one of his best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Simple but deeply touching documentary.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Swank's nuanced performance is remarkable and it's a powerful film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    In a startling move, Oliveira devotes the first 15 minutes of the film to the final moments of Ionesco's play, and it's thrilling to watch.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Ten
    Inexpensively shot on digital video, it's an invaluable work of art.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    The most infuriating revelation in Amy Berg's powerful documentary is the lengths to which current Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahoney and other church officials went to protect Father O'Grady and themselves, even though it meant knowingly delivering countless other children into a child molester's hands.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    British director Shane Meadows' strongest film to date is also his most personal: A stylish fictionalization of his own wayward youth, spent among a group of working-class skinheads in Thatcher's England.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    A beautiful, slow-motion melodrama.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Dabbed with sentimental touches, the film nevertheless avoids facile victim psychologizing and pulls no punches.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    The results are a harrowingly intimate connection with a torn, tormented father, and an uncommonly powerful film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Leaves you wanting much more.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 Ken Fox
    Not surprisingly, we're left with characters that feel only half sketched and fail to resonate on their own -- but onto which much can be read by Hou's most ardent fans -- in a poetic looking film that's ultimately as inflated and empty as the balloon itself.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Bardem's performance is simply shattering.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Polanski's film is an unqualified success both dramatically and artistically.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Homelessness is all too familiar to many inhabitants of the world's wealthiest cities, but rarely has the situation seemed so hopeless, or its victims so desperate.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Akin achieves a peaceful balance here –- alongside the death and seemingly senseless tragedy, there’s also a kind of reassuring equilibrium.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    It's extraordinarily sexy: The atmosphere is all cigarette smoke and Nat King Cole songs, silk suits and tight sheath dresses.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Poignant and sometimes downright hilarious, much of the film unfolds in the small area outside the arena -- an "offside" penalty box for women who just won't behave.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    Apatow's clever comedy is a romance in reverse, and it works.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Ghobadi has little use for sentimentality, and never flinches from the fate of these children.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Exquisitely crafted drama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Superb drama from New York-based filmmakers Ryan Flek and Anna Boden.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    While maintaining the appearance of clinical objectivity, this sad, occasionally horrifying but often inspiring film is among Wiseman's warmest.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Extraordinary documentary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The writing is sharp and often blithely cynical, although not above using a shooting star to put a lump in the throat. The tone, however, is at times dangerously uncertain.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Ever hear of a rock musical that actually rocked? John Cameron Mitchell's glorious adaptation of his acclaimed Off-Broadway show might be a first.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    The film is surprisingly satisfying and meaningful.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Also featured are countless cameos from local superstars ranging from the Fall's Mark E. Smith to Mani of the Stone Roses, making the film an absolute thrill for fans of the Manchester scene.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    A rare adaptation that actually improves upon the original material: It's everything a good children's adventure tale should be, and a powerful fable for adults.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    For the most part, the result is a smashing success, filled with great performances and exquisite production design. But those final moments, in which the true nature of the story is revealed, are an unmitigated disaster.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Never the most optimistic of poets, Sokurov does suggest the possibility of dialogue on the individual level, and the hope that by asking difficult questions of one another, these mortal enemies can find answers and reach an understanding everyone can live with.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Evokes feelings of fascination and heartbreak, as well as a sense of disbelief.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    This tightly structured, often exciting film is among the boldest in a series of increasingly explicit movies.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    A moving look at the choices parents make on their children's behalf, and the reasons behind those choices.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Bertuccelli's heartfelt film affords a unique peek into the hearts and minds of a generation who, after having been awakened from the lie they'd been living all their lives, must now face the aftermath of an entire nation's failure.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Wildly entertaining and quite poignant.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Warm and utterly beguiling fable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    May be the best film to date about the humanitarian and environmental impact of China's enormous Three Gorges Dam project.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Ends on a cruel, cynical note that would surely make Billy Wilder snort with approval.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Gowariker's stunningly choreographed, four-hour spectacle (reportedly one of the most expensive films in the industry's history) is a fascinating mix of Hollywood genres and tropes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    The kind of brainy human comedy that only this formidable French auteur seems capable of making.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    An exciting dramatization of the strange events that marked the turning of the legal tide against Big Tobacco, and a particularly dark moment in the annals of CBS News.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    The true star of this nerve-racking family crime drama, shot with a minimum of fuss by Ron Fortunato, is playwright and first-time screenwriter Kelly Masterson's deft script, which carefully develops each fatally flawed character and tells their stories in achronological flashbacks that seamlessly fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The film's highlights are far and away the musical performances.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    A bold, vibrant piece of filmmaking.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman's powerful and sometimes triumphant documentary is not only an excellent overview of the affair, but serves as the perfect finale to his monumental trilogy about the coup and its aftermath, which began with "The Battle of Chile" (1978).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Dracula fans will appreciate the witty ways in which Maddin has drawn Stoker's troubling racism and xenophobia to the fore, while making the most of the sexual ambivalence that helps make the story endlessly fascinating.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Moodysson puts it across with a sincerity that's genuinely heartwarming, and he sets it all to a surprisingly good soundtrack culled from the Swedish rock (who knew?) of the era.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    This exciting, ultimately bittersweet, film was shot cheaply on video, but is nevertheless filled with moments of artistry and invention.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    His (Finkiel) ability to control economical dialogue with subtle but unusually powerful images -- haunted faces peering out from behind foggy bus windows; train tracks that once carried other passengers to a death camp -- lend this quiet, unforgettable film an uncanny power.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    It's a humbling way of life, and one that, as Varda discovers in this wonderful, 80-minute essay, has survived in surprising ways.