Ken Jaworowski

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For 162 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 14% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Jaworowski's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 90 The Bleeding Edge
Lowest review score: 20 Antibirth
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 162
162 movie reviews
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    • 40 Ken Jaworowski
    The survivors offer several potent recollections. Yet most other scenes linger and provide few insights.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    16 Shots remains valuable as a record of past events that hold sway over the present.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    This is a film too enamored of its subject to pry very deeply. And yet, it’s hard not to be enamored as well, as Pavarotti’s larger-than-life personality shines in almost every scene.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    There’s much to absorb throughout “The Spy Behind Home Plate,” and sometimes details speed by too fast or digressions go on a bit long. Still, Kempner’s passion for her remarkable subject is always evident.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    Riehl gears his documentary more toward avid fans than casual viewers, though he nods to the human side of story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    We spy on an artist who races around like a mad scientist, and who seems comically befuddled by technology. His passion is genuine, as is his sense of wonder.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    Chasing Portraits is small and subtle, with some missed opportunities and occasionally inexpert filmmaking. But it’s not an insignificant effort, and Ms. Rynecki’s cause is admirable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Jaworowski
    The blues seep into every scene of Satan & Adam, a gritty yet lovely documentary. And even after the songs stop, the music’s bittersweet emotions linger.
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    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    If you can look past the low-grade production values — and to do that you’ll need two awfully forgiving eyes — Reinventing Rosalee delivers a few rewards, thanks to its vibrant subject and her noteworthy life.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Jaworowski
    Using newsreels, voice-overs and re-enactments, Roberta Grossman, the documentary’s director, paints a comprehensive portrait of the times and of the risks taken by Ringelblum and his group. The staged scenes are well acted, while readings from diaries and letters are heartbreaking.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    You don’t wait for what comes next in People’s Republic of Desire as much as you watch and wonder why any of it is happening. That sensation arises often in this canny documentary about a baffling topic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    Trainin’s film spends a good deal of its running time surveying the emotions that affect everyone here, including the Tsuk children. Yet there’s quite a bit left unexplored; after the start, the director rarely returns to examine Amit’s past or seek insights into Amit’s inner self.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Jaworowski
    Several long, wordless stretches arise during the film, all of them thoughtful. Jaron Albertin, directing his first feature, cultivates tension in small moments and doesn’t force the drama.
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    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    Jerrold Tarog, the director, follows the same game plan as he did in “Heneral Luna,” with sweeping music and proud speeches (he wrote the script with Rody Vera). There are also some nice images of the lush Philippine countryside and of del Pilar’s troops.
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    • 50 Ken Jaworowski
    In place of some kind of discovery there is mostly lamentation. That may be a valid response to events in Israel, but it’s not always a good way to engage a viewer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Jaworowski
    Alexandria Bombach’s direction and editing are exceptional; she captures images that are both subtle and formidable. Her film is, first and foremost, a profile of Murad and her mission. Yet it’s also a comment on the media and on government aid.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Jaworowski
    Lynskey and Schloss are well matched as mother and daughter, and Griffiths builds a relationship between them as this far-from-innocent teenager navigates her world. That rough journey is worth watching even when this film falls short.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    By making you feel deeply for his sister and her children, Valdez has fashioned his film to make the lapses less glaring.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    Bikini Moon is better in separate scenes than as a whole, where Manchevski’s overreaches and plot lapses become more glaring. In this film, the harshest truths — make that “truths” — are best served in small doses.
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    • 50 Ken Jaworowski
    A big heart and a blunt plot run through Shine, a movie whose story is there mostly just to usher in a dance sequence or an earnest speech.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Jaworowski
    Often uncomfortable and all the better for it, A Crooked Somebody doesn’t mind watching its characters squirm a little. That’s tough for them but good for us in this highly enjoyable thriller.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    Contrary to his delicious downer of a first film, the terrific “Big Fan,” Mr. Siegel doesn’t venture into risky areas here. He’s content to have these characters hang out in cars or at a diner while chewing the scenery and checking their beepers. If you came of age in the 1980s, that’s enough to enjoy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    Call Her Ganda (“ganda” means “beautiful” in Tagalog) remains commendable for its focus on the case, and for its insistence that the crime against Ms. Laude not be forgotten.
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    • 80 Ken Jaworowski
    It’s an important story, made more intense by its tight focus.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    It was a prescient plan. Mr. Stern, a longtime Democrat, vowed to listen closely, and he seems to have kept his word. Though he doesn’t mask his expressions — usually astounded, though never mocking — he’s a genial interviewer, empathic, he says, even if he can’t be sympathetic.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Jaworowski
    A haunting first half can’t offset the absurd ending of I Think We’re Alone Now, a post-apocalyptic tale with a late plot twist that feels as if it comes out of left field. And right field. And center field, the stands and the dugout, too.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    This formidable film is sometimes zealous to a fault: The credits cite more than 200 sources of archival material, from The Washington Post to YouTube channels. It’s a lot to take in, as names and numbers zip by, yet missing some of its points may be healthy. To explore every moment is to risk overdosing on outrage.
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    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    Try as it might, sadness still can’t get the best of The Rest I Make Up, a lyrical and lovingly made documentary about the playwright María Irene Fornés, which recalls her career and follows her over several bittersweet years as Alzheimer’s steals her memories.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    Though the film is heavier on summaries than specifics, its messages are troubling nonetheless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Jaworowski
    The surgery scenes in The Bleeding Edge are squirm-in-your-seat uncomfortable. But it’s the interviews — watching patients recount agonies they’ve suffered from poorly researched and regulated medical devices — that are hardest to sit through.

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