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

Ken Fox's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Something New
Lowest review score: 0 Strange Wilderness
Score distribution:
1,706 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    In the end, it's best to make peace with the film's essential and deliberate inscrutability -- something Lynch fans have learned to do since Twin Peaks -- and to simply marvel at Dern's astonishing performance, which few actresses are likely to top anytime soon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    All behave in ways that may at first seem incomprehensible, but through Moncrieff's expert storytelling, each woman is finally rendered merely human.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    A small comic masterpiece that dares to deal with that of which many Sicilians dare not speak: the Mafia.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    German filmmaker Malte Ludin's gripping documentary about the father he barely knew is both an extraordinary exercise in family history and an example of what Germans call Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung: "facing the past," particularly the years of Hitler's Third Reich.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Released simultaneously in the U.S. with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Oscar-nominated fictional thriller "The Lives of Others," this chilling 82-minute documentary about three souls destroyed by the Stasi, the notorious secret police of East Germany, puts a cold, factual gloss on what might otherwise be taken for fiction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Caton-Jones' refusal to pull back on showing exactly what happened to the 800,000 Rwandans who were murdered that spring means that strong stomachs and even stronger nerves are required, but the film demands to be seen by anyone attempting to grasp how -- and just how quickly -- genocide can occur.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Zoo
    Bold and unforgettable meditation on a truly bizarre incident that pokes at the very heart of one of our culture's biggest taboos.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    In the end, Haar's powerful and terribly sad film speaks volumes, not just about life in contemporary Israel, but in the U.S. as well.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Sicilian-born filmmaker Emanuele Crialese takes a huge leap forward from his pretty but simplistic "Respiro" with this highly original, startlingly beautiful and emotionally resonant film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Of the long list of couples who have loved neither wisely nor particularly well, few have such power to disturb as Burton Pugach and the love of his life, Linda Riss.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Against all odds, you'll leave this remarkable film caring quite a bit for the old coot -- surely a sign of a very good documentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    The final confrontation is a slow-motion, De Palma-esque massacre in a hotel lobby that begins and ends in the amount of time it takes for a high-flying can of Red Bull to hit the floor. Breathtaking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    The result is a beguiling and often poignant pageant of outsider musicians, but the broken heart of this extraordinary film comes directly from Zobel's own personal experience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Lee has perfectly captured the details, textures, sights and sounds of a China caught between East and West, occupied by an ancient enemy and quaking on the eve of an earth-shaking revolution.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    With his carefully controlled pacing and superb use of sound, Sarkies draws the viewer deep into the experience of a town caught completely off-guard by a kind of violence they could never have expected, and won't soon forget.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Documentary filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine found an ingenious way to tell their story in a film that is as unflinching as it is uplifting.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Amalric is extraordinary, creating a character literally without moving a muscle.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Wu is able to demonstrate both the timelessness and the universality of stories which, on the surface, sound extreme and unique.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    In the end, Bill emerges as someone truly unique and someone who we feel privileged to know.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Dunn's elegant, full-length debut presents a frightening and powerful argument against the kind of reckless, profit-driven land development that not only threatens natural resources, but life itself.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    It can hardly be called a children's film, but a masterpiece of feature-film animation for all ages.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    The title, by the way, is age-old slang for a soldier's complete combat gear, which for the U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- both real and otherwise -- weighs over 50 pounds.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Ken Fox
    Never an easy one to impress, Reed is clearly in awe of Antony's ethereal voice, and it must now stand as the definitive version of a 40 year old song.

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