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

Ken Fox's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Unforeseen
Lowest review score: 0 Strange Wilderness
Score distribution:
1,706 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Often thrilling, if overwhelmingly brutal, trio of interconnected short stories.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Nearly perfect.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    It's all confusing, woozy and slightly stoned, and feels very much like adolescence.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Staunton is phenomenal - she barely speaks throughout the entire last third of the film, but the power of her posture and distraught expressions are enough to break your heart.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Does find a spot closer to the middle than most.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Generations of healthy spirits were twisted and deformed by the good Sisters of Mercy, all in the name of salvation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    An intoxicating dream of a film that speaks to the daydreamer in all of us.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Fred Frith's lovely and subdued score is a perfect accompaniment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    It's a fascinating story teeming with pride, arrogance, greed and overweening hubris, and Gibney attempts to give it all an added dimension by finding the archetypes of Greek tragedy among the sleazy deals and Ponzi-scheme financing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    A sprawling, semi-biographical account of two real-life filmmakers who both found work during darkest days the German occupation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Rather than trading le Carré's downbeat but agonizingly true-to-life ending for something more palatable, Meirelles has crafted a rare sort of thriller that refuses to resolve real-life issues for the sake of feel-good entertainment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    An enthusiastic recommendation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    A funny and touching adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri's novel about two generations of Bengali-Americans attempting to reconcile the world of their collective past with that of their individual futures.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Indeed, Hirschbiegel himself seems reluctant to single out a protagonist, and finally settles on Junge.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    What one interviewee calls a "fog of ambiguity" surrounding what was and wasn't officially authorized shielded superior officers and key members of the Department of Defense -- namely Donald Rumsfeld.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Jonathan Demme gets personal with this affectionate tribute to courageously outspoken radio broadcaster Jean Dominique, the pro-democracy advocate whose unflagging support for president Jean-Bertrand Aristide eventually cost him his life.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Strikingly authentic, socially conscious crime drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    This superbly played film, directed with remarkable skill for a first-time feature filmmaker, is truly an adult drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    It's a shocking story, made all the more so by the film's final revelation, an outrageous allegation no one even bothers to deny.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Bogumil Godfrejow's raw cinematography and Huller's poignant, close-to-the-bone performance transform what might have been a morbid curiosity into an entirely enthralling, quietly terrifying experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Cornillac is excellent as the emotionally immature Gilles, but this is Devos' show.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    This loud and exhilarating documentary from director Julien Temple brings it all back in a vitriolic spray of spite, spittle and raw rock and roll that still hits like a heart attack.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The film is ridiculously overplotted, and very little of the plot serves any purpose other than to motivate what you can pretty well guess is going to happen from the outset.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Oddly, once removed from the museum setting and strung together into an hourlong feature, it's Maddin's most cohesive narrative.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Stylized to the point of poetry.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Both farcical and deeply troubling, it unfolds with the kind of breathless, minute-by-minute immediacy that only eyewitness reportage can bring.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    An intriguingly mysterious, self-reflexive ode to the dream factory, it's one of Lynch's most satisfying films.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    With its quiet pacing and dry-as-a-bone wit, the film strongly recalls the deadpan comedies of Jim Jarmusch or early Hal Hartley, but it gradually reveals a welcome new sensibility, one that's entirely McCarthy's own.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    This touching documentary is many things at once: a fascinating biography, a gorgeously shot travelogue, a provocative disquisition on the relevance of architecture and, above all, the record of a son's poignant search for a father.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Marker revisited (the film) in 1993 after the fall of the Soviet Union: He trimmed an hour and added a remarkably prescient coda: "Terrorism has replaced Communism as the ultimate evil."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    [Solondz's] blistering, brilliantly transgressive satire is sure to rattle even the most jaded filmgoer. It's also a remarkably compassionate profile of American life at its most desperate.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Wildly entertaining and a visual delight.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    A deranged penguin is seen racing toward his certain doom amid the crags of a mountain range. It may not be "Happy Feet," but Herzog has made a penguin movie after all.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    The film is an original work by a filmmaker who throughout his career has absorbed the best of what Ozu had to teach, and as such it stands as beautiful tribute from one master to another.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    It's simply one of the most beautiful films he's (Hou Hsiao Hsien) made to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Beauchamp reconstructs the actual crime with disturbing immediacy, and his treatment of how Till's death galvanized a country makes this short film a good way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a crime that still has the power to outrage.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    The surprisingly tragic climax may make it rough going for kids too young to grasp the film's comforting message.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    A rare, unexpected treat.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Perfect introduction to a remarkable career, and a moving memorial to a remarkable filmmaker.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Thrilling, heart-wrenching tale of the real-life incredible journey.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Filled with moments of real poignancy and gentle epiphanies, the film is also marked by strong Christian undercurrents, but, like everything else in Salles's film, they're handled with extraordinary delicacy and never feel exclusionary.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    You'll gladly surrender to the whole gorgeous muddle.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    The film is informative, often grisly and undeniably riveting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Peralta includes amazing archival footage to demonstrate just how far surfing in general permeated American popular culture, but also narrows his focus to follow the evolution of the surfboard itself.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    A remote, Israeli desert town is the setting for this droll, endearing comedy about an accidental cultural exchange that very quietly says some very important things about contemporary Arab-Israeli relations.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Sweet, melancholy comedy; it's ineffable charm lies entirely in the delivery.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Tom Gilroy's debut feature is a little obvious, but it's an excellent showcase for the criminally underused Ned Beatty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    A tightly woven tapestry of extraordinary breadth, and director Fernando Meirelles's control over the material is extraordinary.
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    It's a great part for a great actor and Cheadle does a magnificent job turning this living legend back into flawed, flesh-and-blood reality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    From the ravishing landscape photography to the exquisite costume design, the entire film is a stunning visual experience; rarely since Hollywood's golden age has the genre been so well served.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Each frame is exquisitely framed, the acting is superb -- Abedini deserves to be a star -- and the impermanence of the lives of displaced Afghans is hauntingly expressed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Patrice Chereau's portrait of a marriage en crise is an excoriating look at the deep unhappiness that can fester within the most respectable-seeming of households.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Frei assembles a fascinating profile of a deeply humanistic artist who, in spite of all that he's witnessed, remains surprisingly idealistic, and retains an extraordinary faith in the ability of images to communicate the truth of the world around him.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    The result is a rich and touching exploration of the vagaries of fortune, literary reputation and, above all, friendship that works on several levels at once. The soundtrack includes songs by Joy Division, New Order and Le Tigre.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    It's a bit like a Chinese "Splendor In The Grass."
    • 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
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The result is a confused mess of mixed signals that substitutes a brutal climax for any kind of satisfactory resolution. Parents should be warned about the frequent gunfire and a grisly death by hanging.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Handsomely appointed and faultlessly acted, but no more alive than a well-dressed corpse.
    • 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
    • 88 Ken Fox
    As the film makes pointedly clear, ALS is what is considered an "orphan disease," meaning drug companies aren't willing to devote their resources to finding a cure because they feel too small a percentage of the population suffer from it to make an effective drug profitable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Brilliantly acted and lugubriously paced, Liv Ullmann's fourth feature as director — the second written by her mentor, Ingmar Bergman — will no doubt be manna to those who miss the brilliant acting and lugubrious pace that characterized Bergman's late-period films.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    While this extraordinary, 90-minute film -- culled from over 10 hours of footage -- offers few revelations about Hitler's private life, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the psychology of a follower who remained blindly obedient until the bitter end.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Thirty years down the line, not everyone looks as they once did, so even fans will have trouble putting names to aged faces. Newcomers, meanwhile, will feel hopelessly shut out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Harrowing but enormously empathetic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    It's an engaging diversion from a master director who, at the ripe age of 78, appears to be once again at the top of his game.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Tsai finds great beauty in streets of Kuala Lumpur particularly at night, making this gorgeous film one that should be seen on a large screen in the total darkness of a theater.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    With consummate grace and exceptional style, Terence Davies transformed Edith Wharton's caustic tragedy of manners into a somber, languid dream.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    It's never dull -- beautifully acted and handsomely shot in sepia-toned Cinemascope.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Powerful and startlingly unsentimental.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ken Fox
    A romantic victim to the end, this Ian Curtis is all that worshipful fans could ever hope for.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Ken Fox
    Intelligently acted but oddly stagnant adaptation of Brian Morton's acclaimed novel.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Fatih Akin's surprisingly grisly feature spills more blood than both of Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" films combined, which is strange when you consider that it's a love story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Swinton lends Margaret an air of grace under pressure, and fleshing out feelings of domestic dissatisfaction -- a key element that otherwise remains buried in the subtext.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    It all comes down to Nolot's marvelous performance: His Pierre is sulky, morose, self-centered and curiously likeable, and Nolot leaves you wanting to know a bit more about just where this odd figure might be headed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ken Fox
    Groning's approach gives the viewer a rare chance to really listen to what water sounds like when it drips from a tin bowl, or the watch what patterns raindrops make when they fall on a shallow puddle -- purely sensual, cinematic experiences. In such moments we sense the point of view of a patient, sensitive filmmaker.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Fox
    Fontaine's thoughtful character-driven screenplay is the perfect vehicle for Berling and Bouquet and both are superb. As father and son, they play off each another in fascinating ways as the film moves towards its perfectly modulated, intriguingly ambiguous final moment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    Im distinguishes what might have otherwise been a standard Hollywood biopic through his use of exquisitely composed shots that could have been imagined by Jang himself.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Fox
    In a rare and inspiring example of the way art can both reflect and alleviate human suffering, photojournalist Zana Briski's wrenching documentary traces her valiant use of photography to help children trapped in one of the most wretched places on earth.

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