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

Ken Fox's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Beyond the Gates
Lowest review score: 0 Superhero Movie
Score distribution:
1706 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Actress Jane Horrocks is so good in this drama that you'll hardly notice -- or care -- that the rest of the film isn't quite up to snuff.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    This savvy adaptation of Robert Ludlum's action-clogged 1980 bestseller benefits from the fact that the filmmakers were smart enough to throw out most of the book's preposterous spills and thrills and concentrate instead on its intriguing central character.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Surprisingly, it works: The overwhelming natural expanse of the New Mexico desert is perfectly balanced by the psychic space Charley and Arlene create - the space where all the real action takes place.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    If there's a strong sense of urgency behind director Kim A. Snyder's enlightening film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    A fascinatingly obtuse puzzle box that manages to be gripping even after it stops making sense.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Green and his regular cinematographer Tim Orr have a feel for the sad, generic landscape of small-town America, but rather than adding to an overarching melancholy it only reinforces an already drab, at times bizarrely comic tone.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The comedy is fairly light and the romance decidedly offbeat.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Getting Irving's characteristic blend of quirky comedy and sorrow just right on screen has always been tricky, and writer-director Tod Williams' best efforts aren't enough to make the mix gel.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The voices of the architects, developers, public officials and contractors here discussing the specifics of particular sites, we're hearing the voices of a conflicted nation as it considers how to handle its tumultuous past while defining itself for future generations.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The end result is a series of stylish vignettes, some entertaining and all variations on essentially the same theme.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Points for an interesting concept; demerits for the dull execution.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    A grim meditation on faith and betrayal that focuses on a relatively obscure corner of Holocaust history: the fate of the Catholic clergy under the Third Reich.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    This short, gentle film is surprisingly involving.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Although Zach Braff's promising writing-directing debut is a bit affected, few actors with behind-the-camera aspirations succeed as well as the Scrubs star does with this melancholy romantic comedy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    While trying so hard to have such a good time, the movie simply forgets to be funny, and begins to grate before the body even cools.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    It exudes a slightly stale air that does nothing to dispel gay stereotypes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Clever and offbeat.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    And while Ivy League-educated psychologist Green considers himself a natural teacher, his teaching technique involves pitting students against each other and haranguing them with rants that run from gentle, good-natured ribbing to flat-out verbal abuse, delivered at an ego-crushing volume.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The fact that it's based on a true story doesn't make it feel any less trite.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    What's amazing is how much first-time director Ganatra and cowriter Susan Carnival get right.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    It's good fun, and the whole debate raises some interesting questions about larger questions of authorship and whether or not it ultimately matters who "Shakespeare" actually was.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Unfortunately, Hu and her army of co-writers saddle the story with a tired romantic subplot and fail to develop meaningful characters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    While not particularly dramatically compelling, the film is carefully constructed and exposes both the economic and sexual exploitation of illegal workers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Though the violence in this film never becomes physical, the psychic wounds these people inflict on one another cut so deeply you wish it would. It's a grueling experience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Visually striking and viscerally repellent, director Denis Villeneuve's Quebecois oddity offers a nightmarish vision of one woman's unraveling, the likes of which haven't been seen since Roman Polanski pushed Catherine Deneuve off the deep end in "Repulsion" (1965).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The plot soon dwindles down to little more than a flimsy, Austen-esque comedy of circumstance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    A good opportunity to catch some marvelous acting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The real irony is that for all its integrity, the film isn't nearly as thought-provoking as Steven Spielberg's recent "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" or "Minority Report", and nowhere as entertaining.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Despite its shortcomings, it's an effective clarion call that will no doubt stir audiences to action, even if it doesn't quite prepare them for the important battle ahead.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    Demonstrating just how different literature and filmmaking can be, filmmaker-turned-writer-turned filmmaker Dai Sijie botches an adaptation of his own best-selling short novel.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The film's real strength lies in two excellent performances, from veteran Morse and up-and-comer Gosling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The filmmakers don't shy away from discussing their frustrations with censorship or the depiction of women, but their work raises interesting questions about the ways in which restrictions can sometimes facilitate artistry and lead to a deeper consideration of the film's subject.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Polished, pokey and cloyingly formulaic, Denzel Washington's directing follow-up to "Antwone Fisher" is a Harpo -- as in Oprah spelled backwards -- Production all the way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    This poky and indifferently plotted film isn't much of mystery.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Beautifully shot against Iceland's frozen landscape, the film is nearly as spellbinding as its strange heroine, whose essential mystery Gudmundsson preserves until the film's final frames.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    There's something surprisingly sweet at the center of this grim prison drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Its subject -- ethnic profiling during a time of international crisis -- could hardly be more contemporary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Broomfield's film is didactic, awkwardly acted by the cast of former Marines who are meant to lend the film credibility, and clumsily inflammatory.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Multi-character drama that reveals a vivid cross-section of the city's inhabitants but fails to live up to the director's high ambitions.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Through Carax's eyes, even squalor looks fabulous.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Ali
    It's a brilliant impersonation; Smith gets Ali's speech patterns and Louisville accent exactly right, and astonishingly convincing facial prosthetics complete the transformation. But he never quite finds the man under the enormous image; those quintessential Mann moments, during which Ali is left alone to brood, feel surprisingly blank.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Not surprisingly, the film is strongest when its characters are simply hanging out, shooting the breeze and venting their feelings, while moments of high drama occasionally fall flat.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Fox falters a bit with the narrative, but offers a fascinating treatment of the issues facing the descendents of Jewish victims and their German persecutors, as well as one of the most chilling birthday parties ever filmed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    While Grazia's story is too reminiscent of such films as "Blue Sky" (1994), which also draws an all too easy connection between mental illness and the oppression of high-spirited housewives, the evocation of provincial life in a tiny village that's wholly dependent on the sea is splendid, and recalls a number of classic Italian films.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The real stars of the film are Francois Emmanuelli's vibrant production design, Klapisch's flair with inventive optical effects and above all Barcelona itself, captured here in all its baroque brilliance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Who these brave men were and why they fought disappears under the usual clichés, while the astounding acts of courage that occurred at Ia Drang are lost to the dust and din.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Even when the script takes a turn for the chatty, there's always something pretty to look at.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Offers substantial food for thought on the subject of prison reform, and Ariel and Menahami close by noting that Bedi's example has been followed in Thai and -- surprisingly -- U.S. prisons with encouraging results.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Despite Schnack's half-hearted attempt to divide the film into chapters, his film is too unstructured to hold the interest of non-fans who might have appreciated a somewhat less hagiographic approach.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    It's not a great film, but let's face it: Considering the source, this is as good as it was ever going to get.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    (Tykwer's) unpredictability has become predictable, and the only thing genuinely uncanny here is the unsettling — and unintentional — sense of déjà vu.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Fascinating, if slightly unfocused, film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    While the film captures all the beauty of these extraordinary pieces, the details of Saint Laurent's legendarily turbulent personal life are glossed over with frustrating tact.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Before it takes a sudden turn and devolves into a bizarre sort of romantic comedy, Steven Shainberg's adaptation of Mary Gaitskill's harrowing short story about dominance, submission and the twisted sexual dynamics of the work place is a brilliantly played, deeply unsettling experience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    In the end it appears that the problem is less divorce per se than immature and deeply selfish parents who should never have had children in the first place.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Uncomfortable as the film is, it's a beautiful, sensuous experience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Touched with eerie dream sequences, the film casts a strange spell that's enhanced by the rhythmic, almost sensual depiction of the painstaking art of embroidery.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    It's a complex new approach toward putting memory to tape, and the result can be at times too theoretical, too personal and too opaque, but it's a consistently challenging work that's often sharply poignant.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Bearded, burly and even balding, these "bears" are a refreshing change from the depilated, youth-obsessed men of "Queer as Folk."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Interestingly, the real horror lies in the film's depiction of the era: The sight of guillotined bodies -- naked, headless and dumped under the shady trees of Picpus -- is truly shocking. Rarely has the horror of the Terror been so graphically and effectively evoked.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Director Gore Verbiniski delivers the best one can hope for: a cleverly nostalgic, high-tech copy of the real deal.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The film's rather shallow treatment of his art only reinforces the long-held opinion that Hockney is more a brilliant visual stylist than an artist of any great depth.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Begun over seven years ago and described by the filmmaker as a work-in-progress, the documentary still feels a bit incomplete.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    As contrived and pretentious as its title.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    The best parts of the film come when he (Doillon) just lets the camera roll and lets the kids be kids.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The overall effect of Demme's film is a little like experiencing Nazi prison camps through reruns of Hogan's Heroes, right down to the few bona fide laughs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    A wonderful premise that delivers solid laughs and has a heart as big as the state in which this farce unfolds.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Offers exactly what you've come to expect from the series: Bland but wholly innocuous family entertainment featuring a cute kid and an even cuter dog.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    This raw and raunchy drama from director Henrique Goldman offers what few feature films have ever bothered to attempt: a realistic, wholly sympathetic look at the lives of transgendered prostitutes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    A mystery that's filled with genuine sorrow and capped off with a denouement that may take even seasoned mystery buffs by surprise.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    If ever an English-language film needed English subtitles it's this.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The only surprise here is how a film with so much promise could ultimately settle for so little.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    This strikingly beautiful anti-western is filled with arresting images.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    What is grating is the filmmakers' perennial tendency to underestimate their audiences; their lack of faith leads them to drive home each nuance with a hammer.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The first 45 minutes of this wickedly clever comedy features the smartest, tartest high-school satire since Alexander Payne's "Election."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    5x2
    A wickedly entertaining bit of domestic tragedy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    It's actually a clever commentary on documentary filmmaking, an pretty good monster movie to boot.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Bug
    A ludicrous foray into psychological horror.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Bleak political parable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    It's a clever legal thriller, one that thankfully doesn't twist itself into a knots trying to keep audiences off guard.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Aside from Bjork's astonishing performance, it's a grim tragedy that's deliberately drab and exceedingly painful to watch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    No amount of style or good acting can disguise the fact that this downbeat Israeli comedy is little more than a sudsy soap-opera with a distinctly unsavory aftertaste.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    If the idea of playing Scrabble conjures up dreary images of dull evenings with aged family relatives, you haven't met the subjects of Eric Chaikin and Julian Petrillo's irresistible documentary.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The film nevertheless exerts a strange sort of power that makes for compelling viewing, even as its images force one to repeatedly look away.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    As overstuffed as a twice-baked potato.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    While the film may drop a few of the novel's more disturbing moments, it still travels some emotionally rocky territory, and each of those actresses -- particularly Alison Lohman, who carries most of the movie on her young shoulders -- turns in a first-rate performance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The swooping helicopter shots, the POV camerawork from the front seat of a 800 hp trophy-truck and the propulsive soundtrack will have your heart racing towards the finishing line along with the drivers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The entire cast is extraordinarily good -- many of them are, after all, actors by trade -- but throughout, Zhang is keen to remind his audience that this is only a dramatization.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    This film's splendid visuals suit the subject, Spain's greatest painter, but its stilted dramatics are wholly at odds with Francisco de Goya's tumultuous life and times.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Be sure to stay for the coda, a damning piece of newsreel that casts much of what went before in a whole new light.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Chances are you'll watch most of this documentary with both hands over your eyes, but as a window into a particular kind of insanity seizing kids in heartland America it's enthralling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Wang's film offers an interesting look at the rapidly changing face of Beijing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    In real life the opportunity to make amends is rare, though the attempt may produce great art. In The Kite Runner, we get neither.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    For all the blood spilt -- and there are gallons of it -- this is a surprisingly understated thriller.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    A cerebral thriller that dares to ask a fundamental question: What, exactly, is love?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Lacking the thematic depth of "On The Run," this brisk, bubbly jape never really transcends the genre it's emulating, and your enjoyment of the film really depends on your tolerance for bumbling misunderstandings and improbable coincidences.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Natali's film has a fabulous look, a nerve-wracking, claustrophobic mood, a number of genuinely suspenseful set-pieces and some sublimely stomach-churning special effects.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    A fun and fanciful comic adventure, based on the novel "The Death of Napoleon" by Simon Leys, that takes a great premise and runs with it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    Gordon makes the mistake of preserving Bradfield's highly idiosyncratic dialogue -- dazzling on the page, deadly in any actor's mouths -- and the otherwise talented Lloyd is miscast.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Ironically, as the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chas Freeman, puts it, Iraq has become what the Bush White House insisted it was at the very beginning, albeit for altogether different reasons: a battlefield in the war against terrorism.

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