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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.

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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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Critic Reviews for K-PAX

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (41)

Terrific acting by Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Casting [Spacey and Bridges] against each other gives their scenes together a believability and intensity that comes directly out of their contrasting acting styles.

February 7, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The most shameless psychological quackery to come out of Hollywood since Mumford.

May 9, 2002 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Go with it ... and this good-looking movie is a moving and cathartic experience.

February 17, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

November 16, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5

K-Pax goes all too quickly k-put.

November 11, 2001

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

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
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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