Ken Jaworowski

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For 147 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 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Jaworowski's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 90 Menashe
Lowest review score: 20 Antibirth
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 147
  2. Negative: 5 out of 147
147 movie reviews
    • 82 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 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.

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