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.

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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.
PG-13 (for a sequence of violent images, and brief language and sensuality)
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Jeff Bridges
as Dr. Mark Powell
Alfre Woodard
as Claudia
Celia Weston
as Mrs. Archer
Ajay Naidu
as Dr. Chakraborty
Tracy Vilar
as Maria
John Toles-Bey
as Russell
Brian Howe
as Steve
Mary Mara
as Abby
Tess McCarthy
as Natalie Powell (age 6)
Natasha Dorfhuber
as Gabby Powell (age 9)
Brandon Michael Depaul
as Josh (age 10)
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
Christopher Jason Brown
as Danny Trexler
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
Scott Lincoln
as Walker
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
Tony Rhune
as Thug
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Critic Reviews for K-PAX

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (33)

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

November 16, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

K-Pax goes all too quickly k-put.

November 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 1, 2001
New York Observer
Top Critic

The specter of Robin Williams looms large.

October 30, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

Ultimately, the movie may puzzle audiences more than entertain them.

October 29, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Shows signs of intelligent life.

Full Review… | October 27, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

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
Kevin M. Williams

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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
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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

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