Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. 40
    While nowhere near as mawkish at the abysmal "Pay It Forward," K-PAX nevertheless seems somehow unfocused and meandering; it's Spacey-light.
  2. 50
    The casting in K-PAX is canny, but the picture as a whole is a clunky mix of the canny and the would-be uncanny.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    It would be gratifying to report that there's a lot more to K-Pax than Spacey at the top of his form, but there isn't.
  4. Both actors are so good that one might easily overlook the Pollyannaish subplot.
  5. 75
    The heart of the movie is in the Spacey performance, and in knowing that less is more, he plays Prot absolutely matter-of-factly.
  6. The images are lustrous, the cutting is brisk and the acting of the two leads is right on the money.
  7. In short, this movie is exactly the kind of starry-eyed escapist fantasy that Dr. Powell suspects Prot of having. It's harmless enough, since we can be cured just by leaving the theater.
  8. I rather like the whole mystic- crystal-revelations aspect of K-PAX, and the idea that even a psychiatrist of Jeff Bridges' handsome, American substantiality is open to notions of cosmic improbability.
  9. 40
    A two-time Oscar winner playing a crazy person in a big studio film released in late October. Can't you just smell the pretension? Probably not, given the other ways in which this film stinks.
  10. 30
    Manipulative, feel-good drivel wrapped around a cloying performance by Kevin Spacey.
  11. A pleasant enough entertainment raised above its station by the quality of its acting.
  12. 50
    It's all very "Cuckoo's Nest," but in a glib, facile way, and it leaves K-PAX adrift in its fuzzy, New-Agey orbit.
  13. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    60
    Spacey and Bridges -- generally provide exactly the level of investment required for their characters to be convincing. Neither one showboats, and both make good use of the dry humor in Leavitt's script.
  14. Isn't quite as offensive as it sounds, nor is it in any way rousing; Spacey and Bridges are watchable, but nothing more.
  15. Not worth the rocket fuel.
  16. Spacey is turning into another Robin Williams: Between this film and "Pay It Forward" he cops the prize for the Sappiest Performances by an Actor Previously Known to Have Great Talent.
  17. 50
    The biggest load of New Agey hogwash to grace the big screen since Spacey's "Pay it Forward."
  18. Both consoling and confounding.
  19. 80
    What keeps the movie going, besides Softley's intelligent direction and Mathieson's inventive cinematography, is the actors' duet between Spacey and Bridges.
  20. This is a tour-de-force performance, delivered by an actor at the top of his game, and it's a shame that K-Pax, instead of engaging our imaginations as it promises to, devolves into such a conventional, paint-by- numbers disappointment.
  21. The movie itself is not completely successful, but it's consistently both engrossing and entertaining, and -- once again -- Spacey's performance creates a spell that lingers long after the lights come back on.
  22. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    Much of K-Pax consists of Spacey grinning like Stevie Wonder behind sunglasses, -- taking dippy steps, and bobbing his head as if attached to an invisible Walkman.
  23. It's hard to watch these two actors plow through the nonsense of K- Pax without feeling that a terrific opportunity has been squandered.
  24. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    30
    The latest offender in the odd "let's see what the cute and funny mentally ill can teach us" genre, this mystery/domestic drama commits all the usual sins and clichés.
  25. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    As impressive as Kevin Spacey ordinarily is, this isn't the best vehicle for his considerable talents.
  26. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Frustratingly fritters away what fascination it develops and bows to the basic conventions of a standard detective story mixed with the theme of a physician healing himself.
  27. 40
    K-PAX undertakes a garbled but comprehensive survey of Hollywood therapeutic clichés: The rain man has an awakening from his cocoon, pays it forward, turns into the fisher king.
  28. When Kevin Spacey takes center stage, our planet really does seem bright.
  29. 70
    Primarily, it's a warm, fuzzy and funny duet between Spacey and Bridges, one that brings to mind the interplay between Spock and Kirk.
  30. Entertaining for so long it's a downer to sit through the dumbed-down finale.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Oct 16, 2012
    6
    It's not a masterpiece, but its lighted subtle criticism over our nowadays frantic society based on consumption and production, giving pause and importance to humanitarianism by rolling the family as the Aristotelian representation of The nuclear cell of A social structure, makes worth the time spent watching it. If, the art of films represents the inner reflection of a positive potential changing of our own lives and attitude towards it: to live in community highlighting the paradigm person versus object. If not, just a neo-formula of spicing movies with philosophical powder as the new wave of profiting from the ideological needs of the audience like pills to evade from the modern urban depression reflecting a society hunger of rational values. Full Review »
  2. Mar 4, 2011
    4
    I watched this whole movie, right up to the end. I was pretty sure I knew what it would be but it just dragged on so long I had to change the channel. Who cared at that point. Full Review »
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    5
    A very well-thought out movie that unfortunately offers very little kick. Still, the saving grace here is Kevin Spacey, who as always churns out a performance worth remembering. Full Review »