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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
33% Ali and Nino (2016) "Ali and Nino" aspires to epicness and comes pretty close to getting there. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
100% Asperger's Are Us (2016) "Asperger's Are Us" rarely stretches to be funny or poignant or touching, and that makes this documentary all the more of each. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
84% The Ivory Game (2016) While more information on the animals and their ecosystems is needed, the stakes described here are immense, as is the sorrow over majestic creatures massacred only so that their tusks can be made into baubles. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
No Score Yet Ivory. A Crime Story (2016) This roughly constructed yet passionate documentary isn't shy about showing the massacre of elephants or about calling out the groups implicit in the killings. That bluntness and courage usually overrides the uneven filmmaking. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
No Score Yet Thank You for Your Service (2016) Scenes ... make you want to scream in frustration at the bureaucracy faced by combat veterans seeking mental health services. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
100% The Uncondemned (2016) While this sober documentary about rape during wartime treats those words and its subject with the required gravity, there are also moments of inspiration. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
100% Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) It's hard not to be inspired by a life this well lived. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
100% Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016) A documentary that is as rewarding as this artist's work. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
No Score Yet Mirzya (2016) Sure, the filmmakers overdo their work. But it's all in the service of love, and somehow that makes it O.K. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
94% Among the Believers (2016) While it is maddening to see the aversion to open-minded education by Mr. Aziz ("'Progressive thought' is dying," he declares, pleased), we also see the stark poverty that leaves others with few choices but to follow him. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
29% Passage to Mars (2016) Take "Ice Road Truckers," mix it with "The Martian" and blend in a book of verse, and you've got something that resembles "Passage to Mars," a beguiling documentary that's concerned as much with images as it is with information. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
96% The Age of Shadows (Mil-jeong) (2016) For this director, exposition can't hold a candle to elegantly staged shootouts. And who can blame him. He knows his strengths. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
86% Closet Monster (2016) Connor Jessup wonderfully inhabits the teenage Oscar, who observes others while trying to find himself. Aaron Abrams, as his father, and Aliocha Schneider and Sofia Banzhaf, as friends, are just as multilayered. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
100% Silicon Cowboys (2016) You won't walk away with a degree in business or psychology after watching "Silicon Cowboys." But this documentary leaves you with a curious feeling that you've earned college credit in both, and gotten a few laughs as well. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
100% Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (2016) "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War" is a generic documentary about two people who were anything but. Yet even when the film wanes, its subjects still come across as remarkable. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
100% Landfill Harmonic (2016) The story behind "Landfill Harmonic" is so good that even some imperfect filmmaking can't hold it back. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
64% Antibirth (2016) [A] trauma that only people who have experienced it can truly comprehend. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
80% The Academy of Muses (La academia de las musas) (2016) There are several ways to look at these scenes. But all you really have to do is listen. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
92% Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016) Floyd Norman doesn't think he's special. Many others know differently, and for those who need more proof, "Floyd Norman: An Animated Life" is delighted to supply it. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
38% Is That You? (2016) Like a funny friend in a melancholy mood, this film has humor at its center, even during its saddest scenes. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
No Score Yet Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA (2016) "Making a Killing" generates a disgust that can't be shaken. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
86% The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016) From start to finish, it's absorbing. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
61% The Lost Arcade (2016) art scrappy, part sweet and wholly enjoyable, "The Lost Arcade" is a love letter to a vanished piece of New York, and a little wish for the future. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
86% Citizen Soldier (2016) The tension in "Citizen Soldier" is enough to make you gnaw through your fingernails. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
No Score Yet For A Few Bullets (2016) With its charming actors, "For a Few Bullets," directed by Pan Anzi, has its heart in the right place, I suppose. Where its head is, though, I can't quite say. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
88% Garnet's Gold (2016) Approaching the story for the traditional trappings - narrative, action, even logic - is to ensure disappointment. But look to it for beauty and lyricism, and you may find a deeper satisfaction. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 14, 2016
88% Indian Point (2016) "Indian Point" is a good overview of the issues, with insights into the problems of regulating the industry. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
33% Septembers Of Shiraz (2016) It's a movie whose good heart is outweighed by its heavy hand. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
71% The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) (2016) [An] expertly plotted Nordic noir. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
92% The Absent One (Fasandraeberne) (2016) Mikkel Norgaard, the director, propels the story by smartly sticking to the formula he used in the previous film: hints of menace, gorgeously shadowed shots and long flashbacks. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
100% A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost fra P) (2016) Sure, you could point out a few shortcomings here and there. But those sins are easy to overlook. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
86% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) If the screen went dark during "The Music of Strangers," that would be a disappointment. But if the sound failed, that would be a tragedy. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
100% Germans & Jews (2016) Don't expect simple answers in "Germans & Jews." Just prepare for formidable questions. Those are the real reasons to see this incisive documentary. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
71% Holy Hell (2016) Mr. Allen has made an engrossing and tense documentary, though his insider knowledge is sometimes a hindrance. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 26, 2016
94% Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2015) As lovely as the movie is to look at (and the final scene is exceptionally wonderful), it's too oblique to concentrate its energies and sharpen its focus. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 19, 2016
100% Pervert Park (2015) To be sure, nothing in this film is easy to hear. But that doesn't mean that it shouldn't be said, and learned from. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 19, 2016
100% Cash Only (2016) I must have breathed while watching "Cash Only." But it sure felt as if I didn't. This brutal and severe film has that effect. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 12, 2016
89% Bridgend (2016) A stylishly shot, eerily scored and moodily acted film that wants for nothing but a plot. Depending on how you like your movies, this is either a walkout or a must-see. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 5, 2016
100% Rabin In His Own Words (2016) This documentary, consisting almost entirely of his recollections in his own voice, does a pretty good job of outlining his life and his terribly dangerous times. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 5, 2016
100% A Beautiful Planet (2016) It's appealing to adults and accessible to younger viewers. And it delivers an environmental message that is strong and serious while remaining encouraging and optimistic. That's important to hear. The rest is just amazing to watch. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
83% Transfixed (2015) Even though Martine and John are capable adults, you find yourself wanting to encourage them on their journey, and also to remind them that it's O.K. to feel sad sometimes. In fact, it's normal. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
73% How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (2016) Tough. As in, tough to watch. Tough to consider. Tough to ignore. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 19, 2016
86% Echo Park (2016) Catalina Aguilar Mastretta's script is free of speechifying and delivers just enough story line to keep a plot in motion; words are rarely used when expressions can better convey feelings. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 15, 2016
80% Look at Us Now, Mother! (2016) For a movie that promises an "epic journey" to explore a family's "long-buried suffering," it's strangely unsatisfying, and eventually wearisome, to find that this clan is deeply troubled perhaps only in the eyes of its filmmaker. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
70% Too Late (2016) While it can be frustrating to see some filmmakers dash off copies of other movies, it's deeply enjoyable to find one who so appreciates his inspirations. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 31, 2016
43% Miracles from Heaven (2016) Whether the actresses believe the girl's story, I can't say. But they know how to act as though they do. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 15, 2016
85% Boom Bust Boom (2016) A remarkably enjoyable, and sometimes very funny, documentary about a frightening topic. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
80% Mountain Men (2016) There are three good laughs in "Mountain Men" and two modestly dramatic sections. That averages out to a decent moment every 18 minutes. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 28, 2016
No Score Yet Polyfaces (2015) Granted, you don't watch a documentary about sustainable agriculture for "Star Wars"-type thrills. Yet you may still find yourself quietly cheering for the low-key rebels of "Polyfaces." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 17, 2015
No Score Yet Dream/Killer (2015) Though the timeline and a few details could use further clarification, "dream/killer" remains fast-paced and frightening. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015