Ken Jaworowski

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For 170 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 14% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Jaworowski's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 90 Satan & Adam
Lowest review score: 20 Antibirth
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 170
170 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Jaworowski
    Every “Oh wow” in Human Nature is matched by an “Oh no” somewhere down the line. Together, these two competing emotions — excitement and unease — make for one pretty fascinating documentary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    The resulting emotions are complex, and Bloch, here directing her first feature, can be excused for allowing a few of the scenes to stray. But by the end of the documentary, she and many of her subjects posit that it’s possible to learn from history and to change, and to trust each other a little more.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    An engaging account of Peep’s life and the alt-music scene.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    Though To Be of Service skips over specifics, the big picture is clear, and its overriding point well made: These dogs are saving the lives of those who’ve sacrificed so much. Every person profiled here deserves an immense amount of respect. Every animal, too.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    Like a spare short story, this little indie nurtures a few simple emotions, then hopes its audience will stick around to share in them. I’m glad I did.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Jaworowski
    The energy here is controlled, the mood reflective. These character-driven songs are populated by the washed-up and the run-down — an aging actor, a hitchhiker — and the shared themes are remembrance and regret.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    As its energetic early scenes give way to a sluggish second half, you start to sense how much better this good-enough movie might have been.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Jaworowski
    Young viewers could certainly handle a few more harsh facts. Yet The Elephant Queen sets out, first and foremost, to use a narrative to build compassion. And here, a good story is as effective as a shout.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 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.
    • 66 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.

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