Ken Jaworowski

Ken Jaworowski
Ken Jaworowski's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Times
Publications: New York Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Everybody's Everything (2019) Nevertheless, the documentary, which counts Terrence Malick among its executive producers, is an engaging account of Peep's life and the alt-music scene. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
No Score Yet To Be of Service (2019) 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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
67% Adopt a Highway (2019) 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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
93% Western Stars (2019) 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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Sumptuous sets and handsome costumes fill this period piece. There are also a few smart parallels to today's celebrity entrepreneurs, and to a world undergoing rapid technological change. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
90% The Elephant Queen (2019) 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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
44% Back to the Fatherland (2019) The idea is interesting but the implementation is uneven in "Back to the Fatherland," a documentary that looks at two generations of Israelis: one is hopeful, the other wary. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
86% 16 Shots (2019) Voices are rarely raised in "16 Shots." But you can feel anger coursing through this film, and it says far more than loud words could. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
86% Pavarotti (2019) Pavarotti's larger-than-life personality shines in almost every scene. The singer's optimism is contagious, and his schoolboy-like wonder is jubilant. There's a lot to smile at here. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
100% The Russian Five (2019) This is foremost a study in team building and hockey tactics, and we get an abundance of ice time, much of it energizing to watch. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
74% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Moe Berg's story is so good that you'll forgive "The Spy Behind Home Plate" for overtelling it. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
90% Walking on Water (2019) Short on details but long on delight, "Walking on Water" follows the artist Christo as he creates one of his large-scale art installations. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
88% Chasing Portraits (2019) "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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
88% Satan & Adam (2019) 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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
No Score Yet Reinventing Rosalee (2019) Clunky narration and badly edited stock footage do little to illuminate Rosalee's times or support her memories. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
91% Who Will Write Our History (2019) The staged scenes are well acted, while readings from diaries and letters are heartbreaking. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) 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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
100% Family in Transition (2018) This film stresses a stark truth: Happiness is never assured, no matter who you are, or who you're becoming. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
64% Weightless (2018) Here, deeply damaged people are prone to exasperating decisions. Yet these characters are so strikingly realized that you can't help but care for them. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
No Score Yet Foreign Land (2018) 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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
96% On Her Shoulders (2018) Alexandria Bombach's direction and editing are exceptional; she captures images that are both subtle and formidable. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
90% The Sentence (2018) By making you feel deeply for his sister and her children, Valdez has fashioned his film to make the lapses less glaring. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
No Score Yet Bikini Moon (2018) "Bikini" is parts mockumentary, satire, dark drama and, in at least one scene, bizarre fantasy. Often, the exceptional cast saves the project from exhaustion. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
79% Sadie (2018) You're likely to believe Sadie more than you believe "Sadie." - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
80% A Crooked Somebody (2018) 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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
50% Shine (2018) The salsa scenes are the main draw here, and while the camerawork is unremarkable - zoom in, then pull back, then repeat - the energy stays high. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
38% Cruise (2018) It's true - you've seen many films like this before. Yet every so often, "Cruise" helps you remember when and why you first watched them. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
No Score Yet Goyo: The Boy General (2018) A serviceable biopic centering on Gregorio del Pilar, who fought United States forces during the Philippine-American War. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
100% Call Her Ganda (2018) "My life has value," Ms. Laude once declared. She was right, and this film takes that truth to heart. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
64% I Think We're Alone Now (2018) 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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
100% Letter from Masanjia (2018) It's an important story, made more intense by its tight focus. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
67% American Chaos (2018) "Passion beats pragmatism," Mr. Stern says, summing up what he sees on his travels. Indeed, the message here is the same for both sides, for elections to come: Those who harness that passion gain the power. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
80% Active Measures (2018) 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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
No Score Yet The Rest I Make Up (2018) A fine ode to the excitement that Off Off Broadway theater once generated, and a wistful look at an ailing artist as she contemplates her life. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
71% Do You Trust this Computer? (2018) A sleek and engaging watch. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
100% The Bleeding Edge (2018) Mr. Dick smartly summarizes complex procedures and cites exasperating statistics. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Giddy with in-jokes, meta-moments and quick asides, "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies" is funny enough that you may just forgive its annoyingly placed exclamation point. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
80% The Workers Cup (2018) Sure, it's possible that this...missed a few opportunities to make a point. Yet it's just as likely that this director is letting you reach your own tough conclusions. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
40% The Doctor from India (2018) Ambiguous claims involving spirituality and a sort of interpersonal energy transference are unsupported, and there's an underlying implication that doubters are just spoilsports. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
47% In Darkness (2018) Ms. Dormer and the cast remain dedicated to the story, and that helps the audience do the same. Still, even if you don't entirely agree with where they've taken you, the ride alone is worth your time. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
No Score Yet Dark Crimes (2018) 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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
83% The Most Unknown (2018) You walk out of "The Most Unknown" knowing a little more than you did, and with the sense there's so much more you don't. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
26% Breaking In (2018) A paint-by-the-numbers plot still leads to an entertaining picture in "Breaking In." Here, you get what you expect, but it's a little better than you may have anticipated. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
65% Anything (2018) Even when I didn't believe "Anything," I bought it. That's a testament to a lead actor whose performance rings emotionally true despite a good-hearted script that can seem a stretch. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
87% Mountain (2018) 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. A - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
100% Becoming Who I Was (2018) 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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
100% The Test & The Art of Thinking (2018) It's a film that doggedly questions an exam that affects the futures of millions and feeds the fortunes of several big industries. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
100% After Auschwitz (2018) 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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
38% An Ordinary Man (2018) 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. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
75% After Louie (2018) Some stronger filmmaking would be welcome, sure, but "After Louie" has an honesty that's often just as valuable. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018