Frank Swietek

Frank Swietek
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C 67% The Captain (2019) Essentially 'Sully' without the nuance, a throwback to the disaster-movie formulas of pre-'Airplane!' days. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
D 25% Trick (2019) Lives up to its title: it's no treat. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
C 67% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) While back in 2009 the first 'Zombieland' felt fresh and fizzy, this attempted iteration comes across as a curiously flat recycling. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
B 81% Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) [An] endearing portrait of someone forced to make significant life changes and becoming a better person in the process, through simple human contact. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
D 41% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Less a movie than a two-hour explosion in a special-effects factory, [it's] a sequel even more unnecessary than most [that] exhausts rather than exhilarates. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
D 4% Mary (2019) A well-produced but soggy would-be thriller that sinks to the depths despite a game cast. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
B+ 98% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Tremendous fun [and] a rip-roaring return to form by Eddie Murphy. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
B- 41% The Addams Family (2019) With its clichéd diversity message, blander than it might have been, but the striking visuals and general good humor-combined, of course, with the nostalgia factor-should make it an agreeable pastime for both kids and adults. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
D+ 25% Gemini Man (2019) A numbskull affair, poorly plotted and weighed down by dumb dialogue and flat characters, and the twenty-first century effects are frankly not good enough to justify it. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
B 43% The Laundromat (2019) It turns out to be quite a bit of fun being reminded of how bad things are by a crew as talented as Soderbergh and his estimable ensemble. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
C- 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) A film with an impressively ambitious reach, one that extends literally into the stratosphere. Unfortunately, it remains obstinately earthbound because the ambition too often goes awry. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
D 45% Seeds (2019) So woozy and unfocused that it becomes tiresomely opaque. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
C 68% Haunt (2019) An old-fashioned Halloween haunted-house slasher movie, better made and more imaginative than most but not enough to make it really distinctive. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
B- 86% Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) Despite its structural weaknesses and a tendency to repetitiveness, Brodsky's documentary makes for a touching, and ultimately uplifting, portrait of a family coping with the hand they've been dealt. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
B 87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) A portrait of Cohn that is certainly gossipy and tabloidesque, but also irresistibly watchable...[and] makes a compelling case for its thesis that Cohn is a founding father of the compulsively divisive nature of our contemporary political culture. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
C- 19% Semper Fi (2019) This is a film that wants to seem grittily real, but under its ostensibly hard surface it has a mushy core. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
C 76% Low Tide (2019) A slow-burning thriller that features a talented young cast but isn't clever or thoughtful enough to surmount a fundamentally pedestrian coming-of-age plot. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
C+ 68% Joker (2019) Expertly crafted and features a stunning lead performance, but it's also a morally problematic exercise in cinematic nihilism. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
B- 92% Monos (2019) Raw and uncomfortable to watch, but it undeniably leaves a lasting impression. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
C- No Score Yet The Curse of Buckout Road (2019) Just another kids-in-peril horror flick that has flashes of inspiration but isn't distinctive enough to stand out from the pack. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
F 17% Prey (2019) Might more accurately be titled 'Pray'-as in, pray you don't have to sit through it. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
C- 76% The Death of Dick Long (2019) A real disappointment... the first part of the picture isn't as funny as it should be, and the major turn causes it to crumble completely. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
C 86% Ms. Purple (2019) A hard-hitting but ultimately unsatisfying drama that impresses in spurts rather than as a whole. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
C 83% Abominable (2019) A colorful, innocuous piece of animated fluff that delivers nice messages without being at all special-in other words, a middle-grade kidflick. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B 63% The Sound of Silence (2019) Thanks in major part to the alternately witty and touching script and Sarsgaard's exceptional performance, Tyburski's refined exercise in sight and sound manipulation should find an appreciative audience, though perhaps a small one. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B- 83% Judy (2019) It's Zellweger's galvanizing performance that gives 'Judy' what punch it possesses. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
D 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Simply redundant-and as absurdly simple-minded and violent as its predecessors. Despite the action-packed last half-hour, 'Tired Blood' might be a more appropriate description of the result. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
C- 22% Running with the Devil (2019) The latest in Nicolas Cage's apparently inexhaustible supply of B-movie potboilers... Nameless people move around a lot in 'Running With the Devil,' but the end result is drearily aimless. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B- 85% Downton Abbey (2019) Will provide fans with another opportunity to wallow in the extravagant, though melodramatically troubled, lifestyle of the pampered elite of between-the-wars Britain, and of the servants who were mindlessly devoted to doing the pampering. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B- 84% Ad Astra (2019) Like its protagonist, 'Ad Astra' reaches high, but only intermittently hits its target. It's certainly watchable, but unlike its twin models is unlikely to achieve classic status. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
C 83% Before You Know It (2019) There are agreeable moments in the movie, but they're sporadic and fleeting, and the shifts between dramedy and broad farce are jarring. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
C 63% Edie (2019) Never reaches the heights the lead character is aiming for. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
C 88% Hustlers (2019) For all its pizzazz and energy, 'Hustlers' skims over the surface of what's actually a pretty disturbing story. Of course, for many the picture's wild-eyed combination of glitz and gleeful revenge will be enough. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B 83% Official Secrets (2019) Offers an interesting narrative even if the treatment sometimes seems a bit too restrained and discreet for its own good. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
C 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Despite the dedication and craftsmanship which Crowley and his collaborators have brought to the project, the result is a slow, opaque, diffuse if visually arresting film that never manages to move one as it is intended to do. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
D 60% Satanic Panic (2019) A horror comedy that unfortunately fails on both counts. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B 100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) A loving salute to a show that has understandably retained its place in the public's affection for more than half a century. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B- 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) A decent enough crowd-pleaser, but hardly a groundbreaking one. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
C 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Though among horror movies [it's] certainly classier than most from a technical perspective, it's overlong, overstuffed with CGI effects, and terribly repetitive. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
B 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Impressively blending stark naturalism and magic realism, López has constructed an affecting portrait of children devastated by Mexico's drug wars but resilient in the struggle to survive them. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
B 89% Aquarela (2019) A cinematic poem about the beauty and power of water in all its forms that will frustrate some viewers even as it enthralls others. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
C- 19% Killerman (2019) A thoroughly mediocre slice of big-city criminality and shady doings, unredeemed by its two capable stars. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
F 18% The Fanatic (2019) Another embarrassing exhibition for Travolta ("and you thought 'Gotti' was bad"), and an excruciating experience for the audience. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
D 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) [A] sorry mess [that] tells its story in so frantic and muddled a fashion that you'll cease to care how it turns out long before it ends. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
C- 58% Burn (2019) A tale of a gas station robbery that goes terribly wrong. Many viewers will think the movie does, too. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
C 44% After the Wedding (2019) The high-toned soap opera...is just the latest in a list of films from Freundlich that have been disappointing, to say the least. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
B+ 86% The Nightingale (2019) Horrifying because it so powerfully portrays the deepest recesses of inhumanity, in terms of both men's treatment of women and the brutality of a conquering race against peoples they dismiss as inferior. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
C- 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) The two previous 'Fallen' movies were as dumb as the day is long, and this one certainly matches them-but for adrenaline junkies, it will probably suffice as well as they did. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
C 89% Ready or Not (2019) This may satisfy viewers wanting a tongue-in-cheek gorefest with a smidgen of social commentary, but it lacks the edge and subtlety of 'Get Out,' its obvious model. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
B+ 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) A small film with a big heart. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019