K-PAX (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

K-PAX (2001)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for a sequence of violent images, and brief language and sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Leavitt, Bryan Goluboff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 26, 2002
Box Office: $50.0M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Jeff Bridges
as Dr. Mark Powell
Celia Weston
as Mrs. Archer
Ajay Naidu
as Dr. Chakraborty
Tess McCarthy
as Natalie Powell (age ...
Natasha Dorfhuber
as Gabby Powell (age 9)
Aaron Paul
as Michael Powell (age ...
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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Critic Reviews for K-PAX

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (38)

Terrific acting by Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Pretty dull and very slow-paced...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
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.

Full Review… | August 4, 2007

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.

Full Review… | August 9, 2006

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
Looking Closer

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

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

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?).

Kevin M. Williams

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!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Just about as much watchable as avoidable. An average sci-fi flick IMO.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

K-PAX Quotes

Prot: Now if you'll excuse me, I have a beam of light to catch.
– Submitted by maureen m (3 months ago)
Prot: Doctor, doctor, doctor, doctor. How many doctors are there on this planet?
– Submitted by George P (2 years ago)

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