K-PAX

2001, Fantasy/Drama, 2h 0m

142 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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Tells the story of a mysterious patient (Kevin Spacey) at a mental hospital who claims to be from a distant planet called K-PAX. As his psychiatrist (Jeff Bridges) tries to figure out exactly how to help the patient, he gradually begins to realize that the so-called alien is having a remarkable effect on the mental health of the hospital's other patients.

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  • Mar 30, 2015
    Solid film, though somewhat confusing at times. The acting here is great, and I love all the psychological issues that this film dives into. All in all, an interesting mix of mystery/psychological and science fiction.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2013
    Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges lead the cast in the psychological drama K-PAX. The story follows a psychiatric patient named Prot who believes that he's an alien from the planet K-PAX, and despite his psychiatrist's best efforts Prot proves to be remarkably convincing. The film does an especially good job at keeping the story ambiguous, which allows for several interpretations. Additionally, both Spacey and Bridges deliver excellent performances and have great chemistry together. K-PAX is a smart, well-crafted film with an intriguing mystery.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2012
    Not quite as engrossing as Gene Brewer's book in which the movie is based, but Charles Leavitt's script is still compelling and interesting to watch. K-Pax is not rocket science, nor does it ever try to be. It is nothing more than a character study, and at this, the film thrives. Iain Softley's direction is top notch, and the entire film is carried off the magnificent performances of Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. I found the film to be warm, and at the same time, funny. There is even a bit of drama sprinkled throughout, and Iain Softley slowly allows the story to unfold. This process makes the film more compelling than sugar coating the plot all at once. All these ingredients make for a unique film, unlike anything I have ever really seen before. That, in and of itself, is worth a recommendation. But with Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges you should not need any other motivation to see this fantastic film.
    Bryan D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Great performances from Bridges and Spacey. Not at all a bad film, despite the 41 percent approval rating.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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