Critics Consensus

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 Prot says he's going back before the summer ends, all the patients in the ward vie to go with him. As the days before Prot's announced departure from earth race by, Dr. Powell struggles with questions of science. Determined to prove the stranger is nothing more than a tragic victim of multiple personality disorder, the doctor soon finds himself doubting his own diagnosis.

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Jeff Bridges
as Dr. Mark Powell
Celia Weston
as Mrs. Archer
Ajay Naidu
as Dr. Chakraborty
Tess McCarthy
as Natalie Powell (age 6)
Natasha Dorfhuber
as Gabby Powell (age 9)
Aaron Paul
as Michael Powell (age 21)
Kelly Connell
as Walter Fleen
Peter Maloney
as Duncan Flynn
Lance Nichols
as David Patel
Paul Linke
as Stuart Hessler
Greg Lewis
as Dominic McAllister
Clarke Peters
as Homeless Veteran
Olga Merediz
as Transit Officer
Joe Holt
as Transit Officer
Lola Pashalinski
as Russian Woman
Kateri Walker
as Sara Porter
Katya Abelsky
as Rebecca Porter
Clebert Ford
as Homeless Man
Norman Alden
as Babbling Man
Rawle D. Lewis
as Security Guard
Erik LaRay Harvey
as Security Guard
Zofia Borucka
as Woman on Train
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Audience Reviews for K-PAX

  • 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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