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K-PAX (2001)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 139
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 82

For those who have seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or Starman, K-Pax may not hold anything new. The movie works best as a showcase for Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 18

For those who have seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or Starman, K-Pax may not hold anything new. The movie works best as a showcase for Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.



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A mysterious and extraordinary mental patient, named Prot, convinces both staff and fellow patients that he comes from a utopian planet called K-PAX. While his psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Powell, is baffled by this cheerfully confident man, Prot's description of life on a planet 1000 light years away awakens a sense of possibility among the other patients. The doctor gradually begins to witness this so-called alien having a remarkable effect on the mental health of the hospital's other patients. When

Mar 26, 2002


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All Critics (159) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (82) | DVD (17)

A warm, fuzzy and funny duet between [Kevin] Spacey and [Jeff] Bridges.

November 16, 2001
Washington Post
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K-Pax goes all too quickly k-put.

November 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
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As a brainless laugh riot, it's as funny as a flu epidemic. As a drama, it's an unintentional Robin Williams vehicle sour beyond its shelf life.

November 1, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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The specter of Robin Williams looms large.

October 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Ultimately, the movie may puzzle audiences more than entertain them.

October 29, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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Shows signs of intelligent life.

October 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Mr. Showbiz
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Terrific acting by Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Pretty dull and very slow-paced...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This being a Hollywood movie, the realistic is soon left out on the curb as quickly as a Christmas tree on December 26, and as mournful-looking.

August 4, 2007 Full Review Source:

A nonsensical therapeutic melodrma about the shifting relationship between a mentally disturbed patient (badly acted by Spacey), who claims to be from another planet, and his problematic shrink (the reliable Jeff Bridges) who goes through menopause.

August 9, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comments (3)

It tries to frighten us into doing the right thing by declaring that there is no grace, no forgiveness, and no escape from our lives once we are done living.

January 15, 2005 | Comment (1)
Looking Closer

...a refreshingly uplifting story about the best of humanity.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Se Proft não pode levar o corpo consigo, por que desapareceu por três dias do hospício? E como sabe tanto? E por que utilizou o corpo de Robert? E para quê a subtrama envolvendo a família do médico? E por que estou perdendo tempo com esse filme?

July 25, 2003 | Comment (1)
Cinema em Cena

Bridges completely steals the show from the more lauded Spacey, who's simply on autopilot throughout.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Casting [Spacey and Bridges] against each other gives their scenes together a believability and intensity that comes directly out of their contrasting acting styles.

February 7, 2003 Full Review Source:

Kevin Spacey beams down another winner...

July 9, 2002 Full Review

wants very badly to be liked and is willing to do just about anything to win your affection. This is the latest addition to the growing library of films that see mental illness not as a serious problem, but instead as a charming eccentricity.

June 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

As always, it takes an outsider--normally a dying woman or magical African-American --to convince the workaholic white guy he should spend more time with his family.

June 5, 2002
Philadelphia Weekly

The most shameless psychological quackery to come out of Hollywood since Mumford.

May 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Divertida, original y por momentos profundamente filosófica.

May 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Moviola

There is a great movie inside, burning to break free of the shackles of the writers

April 21, 2002

More life-affirming, blank-stare weirdness from Kevin Spacey.

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Although the romantic notion of presenting an irreverent soul at the heart of this film feels like a savvy commentary on the fragile human condition, K-Pax gets lost in its gawky chattiness.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Promises so much but ultimately achieves too little.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Go with it ... and this good-looking movie is a moving and cathartic experience.

February 17, 2002 Full Review Source:

It professes to be good for viewers by kicking them below the knee, thereby testing their sensitivity reflexes.

February 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
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Audience Reviews for K-PAX

A different sci-fi, w/o the waterfall of FX from Industrial Light and Magic, about a psychiatrist (Bridges) faced with a man (Spacey) claiming to be from outer space. It has its flaws, but I still enjoyed it and the questions it presents. It's interesting, as well, to see Bridges (who played the spaceman/Christ figure in John Carpenter's iconic film, Starman) now play the foil for Spacey (who actually simply does a variation of what Bridges did before)(cocks head and looks up as if listening to someone ... God?).
January 19, 2013

Super Reviewer

Whats right with this movie, is that its beautifully written, well acted, and very beautifully scripted and captured. I like the premise of the movie and although its slow going and your not really sure what happens at the end but you come to some conclusions.
A nice enough movie but not fantastic!
January 27, 2012
Film Crazy

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Just about as much watchable as avoidable. An average sci-fi flick IMO.
December 6, 2010

Super Reviewer

Science fiction based on reality is never good.
January 7, 2010
Jennifer D

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    1. Prot: Doctor, doctor, doctor, doctor. How many doctors are there on this planet?
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