Ken Jaworowski

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For 133 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 15% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Jaworowski's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 90 Closet Monster
Lowest review score: 20 Antibirth
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 133
  2. Negative: 5 out of 133
133 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    It’s an amusing tale for young audiences, ending with the expected messages about friendship and courage. But there are delights for adults as well, particularly in the first half, with sendups of various comic book series (some aimed at DC’s own arch-nemesis, Marvel) and an extra-large supply of spoofs on other movies.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    While it would have been easy for Mr. Sobel to unleash an angrier screed against the inequalities shown, some well-placed images tell us all we need to know about the haves and have-nots here.
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    • 40 Ken Jaworowski
    To seek proof is distinctly human, and, in this case, a dose of skepticism is surely healthy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    In Darkness moves along so smartly that near the end, when the filmmakers entreat you to follow them just a bit more, you’ll likely oblige. And why not. They’ve already gotten you to invest quite a lot in this clever little thriller.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    The Most Unknown works best as inspiration to delve deeper into these disciplines, and as a celebration of science. And when the film comes up short, it still functions like an intriguing experiment: It doesn’t have to be entirely successful for you to learn something.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Jaworowski
    A good story gets stuck in a puddle of mood in Dark Crimes, a film that strays from its fascinating source — a real-life murder case — into a less successful attempt at noir.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    With an overbearing score, Breaking In telegraphs almost everything that happens yet still provides several jolts amid its occasionally questionable twists. While the filmmakers aren’t exerting themselves to deliver anything other than a popcorn-seller, Ms. Union is working hard to keep you watching.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    For those terrified of heights, Mountain will be a nonstop nightmare. Yet big scares are a small price for the awe-inspiring footage you’ll see. As for what you’ll hear, that takes a little explaining.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    It’s easy to second-guess a scene or three in Anything. Yet this is a film that wagers you’ll put aside your doubts and open up to its gentle emotions. It’s a bit of a risk for a viewer. But I’d take it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    The filmmakers rarely delve into the spiritual aspects of the story, but that’s O.K. You don’t have to believe in Padma and Urgain’s religion to believe in them.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    It’s a film that doggedly questions an exam that affects the futures of millions and feeds the fortunes of several big industries. Someone else — the schools — needs to supply some good answers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    Jon Kean, the director, chose the material wisely and doesn’t shy from severe images. He and his team also have good ears for anecdotes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Jaworowski
    A head-scratcher that ends with a shoulder-shrug, An Ordinary Man feels like a scene-study exercise in which two actors invest full measures in a script that’s only half finished.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    Some stronger filmmaking would be welcome, sure, but After Louie has an honesty that’s often just as valuable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Jaworowski
    Summer in the Forest is an extraordinarily tender documentary that asks what it means to be human. Here, even the most gentle scenes raise mighty questions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Jaworowski
    Over-narrated and self-serious, this documentary allows its good intentions to pave the way to a tepid tale.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    The filmmakers supply terrifying footage: At civilian rallies, we see nightstick beatings and bloody riots. During military battles, bullets whiz by and explosions shake the cameras. Nerve-racking scenes follow Ukraine’s extraordinarily bold volunteer soldiers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    A documentary that’s remarkably engaging despite treating its rough-and-tumble hero with kid gloves.
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    • 90 Ken Jaworowski
    This director isn’t afraid of silence, and he’s prepared to let a quiet moment speak for itself. Attentive viewing is required, and rewarded.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    This film isn’t always pretty, but its message is necessary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    A tough and cleareyed look at how things are, rather than how we want them to be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    It’s possible to fully, and vehemently, disagree with Mr. Wilson and Mr. Taaki yet still see their points. That can make The New Radical unsettling. It also makes it a film worth watching.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Jaworowski
    While there may be no completely dispassionate way to discuss its topic — the Armenian genocide — the film’s balance of emotion and composure helps make its stories even stronger.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Jaworowski
    The truth turns into a tangled mess in A River Below, a bold and urgent documentary whose seemingly straightforward story quickly runs awry.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    Considering all that’s been written and said over the last year, there’s not much new to learn from 11/8/16. But the film remains engaging for its stories, and is likely to be more instructive in the future, when passions have cooled. Judging by most people here, that won’t be soon.
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    • 60 Ken Jaworowski
    Mr. Mully’s actions speak for themselves, and his robust personality makes him a pleasure to listen to. If the film doesn’t always dig deeply into this man’s life, we still see the results of his efforts. Those are enough to admire.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Jaworowski
    It’s an artful and lyrical assembly.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Jaworowski
    As with a dream, you can parse what you’ve watched for meaning or just savor what you’ve seen. For this compassionate film, either way works fine.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Jaworowski
    Sad, tender and quietly moving, The Departure never says more than it needs to, much like its subject, a Buddhist priest who counsels those contemplating suicide.

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