For 1,709 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 2.5 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:
1709 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Entertaining documentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Runge's coolly photographed, intricately plotted feature is always interesting in its execution, but disappointingly pat in its resolution.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Everett remains a perfect Wildean actor, and a relaxed Firth displays impeccable comic skill.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Ivory's last minute decision to render his hero sightless may make certain symbolic sense, but creates an even greater distance between Jackson and the woman he must inevitably come to love; their dull self-restraint makes "The Remains of the Day" look like soft-core porn.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Entertaining in spite its dubious accuracy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    This is a film for hardcore film fans and Francophiles. Everyone else may find little to sustain them beyond the pastiche and shots of Paris.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    The result is so overloaded with extra characters, tangled story lines, dance numbers, fantasies and flashbacks that the once-simple plot feels puffed-up and irritatingly self-important.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    A sloppy, self-indulgent valentine to the theater, delivered with all the grace of a letter-bomb.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    More shaggy dog story than a contribution to the ever-growing mountain of fact and fiction dealing with the Kennedy assassination, Neil Burger's feature film debut is a cleverly crafted but ultimately hollow mockumentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    Not even Drew Barrymore's million-dollar smile can save this humiliating comedy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The film doesn't really go anywhere, other than outside for endless games of basketball, and the group-therapy environment allows for far too many young-actor monologues.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Unfortunately, this earnest but short-sighted documentary by New York-based painter-turned-filmmaker Stefan Roloff touches only the tip of a very large iceberg.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    (Bassett's) finally been given another part worthy of her talents, and she makes the most of it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    A tale of conscience lost and found becomes little more than a smart but tepid ghost story for idealists and '60s survivors, and not a terribly spooky one at that.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    A perfect example of how a top-flight cast can compensate for unimaginative filmmaking.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    Cruz's willingness to allow her appearance to be so degraded for cinema's sake doesn't really help.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Lacks the real emotional wallop these two fine actresses...seem ready to provide.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    By the film's end we feel neither sympathy nor, oddly, total disgust for this most loathsome of killers. We simply begin to understand, and perhaps that's achievement enough.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Delightful Bolivian comedy, which also works as a sly critique of mass media.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    It's all about as white and bourgeois as you can get, but the film does take a few risks, and some actually pay off.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Breezy, surprisingly poignant Spanish film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Manages to create a great deal of ambiance and a few thrills on a shoestring.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    There's nothing unique about Zarhin's plot -- it's a standard coming-of-age tale with traces of "Good Will Hunting" -- but she portrays the intra-family dynamics with unusual honesty and accuracy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Grateful fans so enamored of traditional Irish folk music that they don't care how they come by it may enjoy John Irvin's folk-filled feature, but while there's lots of great Ceili music on tap, it's wrapped in a story so traditional that it's not especially interesting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Decent songs, an amusing script and some surprisingly imaginative animation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    It's strictly for the kids, and they'll be tickled.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    It's easy to see why this violent, thrilling tale broke all box-office records in Thailand: Not only does it stir a sense of deep national pride, but Thanit delivers the goods when it comes to action.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The film is, in fact, an adaptation of Anton Chekov's "The Seagull." This provenance also explains why there's something slightly old-fashioned about the whole business.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Sharp-edged comedy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Neither Parker nor Donovan is a typical romantic lead, but they bring a fresh, quirky charm to the formula. Nor are their characters typical meet-cute types: David and Toni are imperfect people who are some how perfect for each other.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    White's take on southern life is no more "real" than the stereotypes he's trying to disrupt, just cooler.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The truly heartbreaking sacrifice of a few extraordinarily heroic men is lost under the ponderous score and a series of even heavier speeches.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Virgil's naïveté isn't entirely believable, but his essential goodness is, thanks to a solid performance by Jordan, and that's really what makes this modern urban tragedy unusually affecting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Much ado about nothing much at all.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Troche has bitten off quite a bit here, and it's too much for her to chew properly.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    The homoerotic twists and gender-shifting turns are fun, but they can't hide the fact that the film is little more than a tedious shaggy-dog story with oblique mythological references.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Concise and well-researched documentary does a fine job of presenting a complicated issue clearly while maintaining a fairly objective middle ground.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Slight, genial documentary portrait of a man and his dream.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    Shot through the bars of a barbed-wire topped cage and staged to a pounding soundtrack, the fight is quite a spectacle, but it's ultimately an empty one.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Sensitively played but ultimately undone by its unconventional approach.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The film is really a timely critique of the ongoing insanity that has engulfed Israeli life.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The whole thing whizzes by in such a panicked rush that there's no time for anything so immaterial as character, but what little we do learn about Chev works against the film.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Both enjoyably lighthearted and proof that even the most stridently purist approach to filmmaking can produce a cliched romantic comedy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Overall, it's a seriously flawed but impressive and promising debut.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    There's so much less to the film than the novel: Nicholas Meyer's screenplay fails to capture the intricate subtleties of its subject and replaces Roth's moral scope with a moralizing tone.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Excellent performances from Sarah Polley and Deborah Harry, and a sensitive script from writer-director Isabel Coixet transform what might otherwise have been little more than a disease-of-the-week cable melodrama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Much of it is inspired, some of it is downright awful, but it does entertain, even as it threatens to drown its generally fine cast in a flood of blood and sundry body parts.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    About as subtle as a hammer blow to the skull and marred by a heedless mixture of fact and fiction.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Perhaps the only person more enthralled by the romance of train hopping than the latter-day hobos profiled in this great looking documentary from first-time director Sarah George is George herself.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The subject can sharply divide even the most liberal-minded critics, but it's no secret on which side of the debate filmmakers Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally find themselves.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The film doesn't provide any narration or go out of its way to identify the participants, so it's left to the viewer to make connections and draw their own conclusions.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Gitai's film is an interesting, if not entirely successful, adaptation of an excellent book.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Pretentious but gorgeously photographed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    If this brutal tale of crime and corruption within the upper ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department feels like an updated retelling of "L.A. Confidential," there's good reason. Both stories spring from the dark mind of American crime writer James Ellroy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Give this Japanese import points for originality, but not much else.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The widescreen photography is, however, quite beautiful, and the scenes of aerial combat thrillingly staged.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    Some good lines notwithstanding, this is a real disappointment.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Touching, if cliched.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Hate the holidays? You're in luck: Here's a bottomed-out Santa story.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    That the film seems willing to erect a simple religious parable on such a moral morass is bewildering. That it should do so without accurately depicting the nightmare of Hitler's Europe is unconscionable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Barratier has assembled an unforgettable gallery of faces both young and old, and prolific character actor Berleand plays the perfect villain.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The skating photography is excellent and, like the documentary's soundtrack, songs from the Stooges, Blue Oyster Cult and the Weirdos set the proper mood. But this dramatization does nothing Peralta's documentary didn't do better.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    As thrilling as they can be on stage, Chekhov's plays have never been the stuff of great movies -- there's simply nothing cinematic about them.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    It's tremendous fun, thanks largely to a smarter-than-average script and some fierce casting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    While there's plenty of Shakespeare, Lawrence and Yeats scattered throughout John Brownlow's screenplay, there's precious little Plath -- no doubt the unfortunate result of the stranglehold the Hughes estate still maintains over her work.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Lighter than helium but irresistible nonetheless.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    It's a good thing that Cummings and Leigh have such talented friends: They may overstay their welcome, but it's the entertaining guests who end up saving this poorly planned party.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    But it's all done with such high style and whizzes along at such an exhausting pace that you probably won't have enough time to notice how little you care.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Max
    What does make the film disturbing is the way in which it positions Hitler as a mere mouthpiece for what was already in the air, a role he was convinced to play after suffering one disappointment too many at the hands of Jews like Rothman.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Despite the inaction, the film culminates in a scene some viewers will no doubt find shocking.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    Energetic and ambitious, and its likeable cast marks a welcome return of non-white faces to the center of a gay-themed film.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Yes
    Like its title, the film is ultimately an affirmation in the face of catastrophic negation, a bit obvious at times but nonetheless welcome.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The camerawork is crude and the editing seems almost accidental, but it's really all about the writing, which is strong throughout; Seaton has a sharp ear for convincingly conversational dialogue.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Without offering any hard and fast solutions to the essential mystery, this is a thought provoking drama about the nature of belief and devotion that never feels exclusionary.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    With a little more plot, this could have been a killer.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The detatched, fly-on-the-wall perspective, however, offers little insight into the strange gender game that's played out in the dark safety of the porn theater.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The pressure often shows: For all its charm, the dramatic moments are awkward and the final act feels rushed and under rehearsed.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    De la Iglesia's years of filmmaking experience are obvious in the film's formal touches -- his transitions between scenes and time frames are smooth and very stylish.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Huston, with a flawless Irish accent, is simply wonderful as the tough, foul-mouthed and very funny Agnes Browne.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Fox
    Steers clear of historical accuracy. Herzog is obviously looking for a moral to his fable, but the notion that a strong, unified showing among Germany and Eastern European Jews might have changed 20th-Century history is undermined by Ahola's inadequate performance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    While Brosnan, an Irishman by birth, lays it on bit thick, his performance is surprisingly effective.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Blends history and mystery into an entertaining, if somewhat slight, romance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    As Lord Peter Carrington, former mediator of the European Community, points out, a case can be made for all sides in this highly complicated civil war.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Sadly, the only aspect of this well-intentioned film that doesn't feel completely formulaic is its refreshingly unromantic picture of an inner-city neighborhood in the early '70s: Life in Nicetown is hard and very, very poor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Superbly acted by everyone involved (Rhames does his best work since "Pulp Fiction"), the film is really more about character than plot, though frankly, at more than two hours, it could have used a bit more of the latter.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    When it's not wasting time with character, this deliberately dumb collegiate comedy is good for a few laughs of the big butts and sex variety, but not much else.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Takashi Miike's frenetic comic yakuza thriller embodies the best and worst this notorious Japanese genre auteur has to offer: It's endlessly inventive, consistently intelligent and sickeningly savage.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    One hopes Koury will return to this interesting project to flush out the bigger story that continues to lurk just below the surface.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    The entirely computer-generated Hulk is a surprisingly expressive creation — it certainly gives a better performance than Connelly — but the action is late in coming and feels like a long set-up for the inevitable sequel.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    When characters aren't quoting Alfred de Musset, they're speaking in aphorisms of their own, and the dialogue is stylized and stilted. Happily, Kaas, one of France's most popular jazz singers, has a sensuous, sonorous voice, and Lelouch uses it as often as possible; in many ways, the film is a musical.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    Even if you think you know a little something about world music, Cuba's cultural riches may come as a surprise.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The film is slow and somber during the windup but pretty scary in the follow-through.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    Granted, the film is a technical marvel: The many chases through rooms, under floors and behind walls -- including one very scary encounter with a nail-gun -- are all done to jaw-dropping, state-of-the-art perfection.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    This failure is especially surprising because Zwigoff not only reunited with "Ghost World's" writer, ingenious graphic artist Dan Clowes, but he aimed to satirize a rarefied sphere both know all too well: the art world.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    It all feels like an insubstantial short that's been stretched to the breaking point.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Fox
    There's also precious little chemistry between the players. Only Mol has any charm of which to speak, and, frankly, she deserves much better.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    The film is filled with the kind of choreographed carnage that became synonymous with Hong Kong action during the genre's heyday, but there's an elegiac self-consciousness to it all that acknowledges that while the best is behind us, there's still something to be said about its passing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Fox
    So while the facts of Frank's actual political career tend to fall by the wayside, Everly treats us to an insightful look at a remarkable public figure who first became famous for what he does in private.

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