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K-PAX Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    49

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    As impressive as Kevin Spacey ordinarily is, this isn't the best vehicle for his considerable talents.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    I rather like the whole mystic- crystal-revelations aspect of K-PAX, and the idea that even a psychiatrist of Jeff Bridges' handsome, American substantiality is open to notions of cosmic improbability.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    When Kevin Spacey takes center stage, our planet really does seem bright.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The heart of the movie is in the Spacey performance, and in knowing that less is more, he plays Prot absolutely matter-of-factly.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    The images are lustrous, the cutting is brisk and the acting of the two leads is right on the money.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Terrific acting by Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has brief strong language, social drinking, and references to teen pregnancy, rape, and murder. There is a terrible crime, mostly offscreen, but we see bodies and blood. A child is briefly in mild peril.

  • Families can talk about how people react to unthinkable tragedy and how being an outsider can give someone insights that others miss. Why did everyone want to go to K-Pax? Why do we see the reflections of Prot and Mark merge before they ever speak to each other? Why did Prot say that we have within us the power to heal ourselves? What did that mean about his own need to heal? Why do both the Mark and the sheriff say that they do not want to know the truth? Some families may want to talk about Mark's unprofessional (and unrealistic) behavior in treating Prot.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Tragic crime (mostly off screen). References to rape.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some sexual references.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking.

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