Frank Swietek

Frank Swietek
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 88% After Class (Safe Spaces) (2019) An uneven piece about 'trigger issues' in one man's professional and personal lives, but the strengths outweigh the weaknesses, if only by a slight margin. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
C 79% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) For a while the film fascinates; but it loses its way by descending into full horror-movie mode in the last half-hour. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
B 65% I See You (2019) A trick, but a pretty good one....may be a mite too clever for its own good, but you have to admire the chutzpah involved. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
C+ 72% The Aeronauts (2019) Engaging enough though a mess historically, but runs out of gas-or hot air-before a strenuously triumphant finale. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
B+ 89% The Two Popes (2019) A master class in acting that's also a cheeky exercise in historically-based speculation. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
C 50% 21 Bridges (2019) Thoroughly implausible but efficiently made, [it] mov[es] briskly enough to smooth over the plot holes and absurdities. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
C No Score Yet The Bygone (2019) A modern western that at least tries to say something substantive, even if it muddles the message with a hokey plot. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
C 83% Queen & Slim (2019) It certainly has a powerful subject at its core, but suffers from a lack of narrative clarity and an overly dreamy, lethargic tone. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
C+ 85% Waves (2019) The film is ambitious, virtuosic and intermittently wrenching, but in the end the sense of calculation undermines its impact. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B+ 92% Dark Waters (2019) A potent, gripping account of one man's crusade to uncover-and punish-a disturbing instance of corporate greed and malfeasance. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B+ 97% Knives Out (2019) A convoluted comic whodunit in which twist is piled upon upon twist and an exceptional cast savors the chance to misdirect us every which way while we enjoy the cunningly goofy ride they take us on. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
A- 96% Marriage Story (2019) A bracing. thoughtful examination of how a couple's intention to separate as amicably as possible for the sake of the son they both love gradually turns into legal and emotional warfare. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
C+ 93% Honey Boy (2019) A film that pulsates with vibrancy, though perhaps not always with truth....Despite its many virtues, therefore, 'Honey Boy' merits only a mixed response. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
C 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) While one can appreciate the makers' desire to disclose what was special about Fred Rogers indirectly, their movie doesn't escape sanctimoniousness, even hagiography. ..it simply tries too hard to be inspiring, and in doing so proves a disappointment. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
C 78% Frozen II (2019) An unwieldy mixture of Broadway musical, animated adventure story, and message movie about not only the importance of family but the evils of imperialism [that] lacks any hint of genuine magic. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
C 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Banks has tried to give the tired old property a different spin, but in the end the movie is just typical action fare, and the gender of the heroes isn't enough to save it. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
A 96% The Irishman (2019) A long but richly textured, melancholy elegy about a way of life ostensibly based on comradeship but really founded on selfishness and violence. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
B 82% The Report (2019) An engrossing docu-drama that, by avoiding excessive sensationalism or partisanship, invites viewers to think seriously about the issues of governmental decision-making and secrecy that Daniel Jones's story raises. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
B- 66% The Good Liar (2019) A clever but shallow clockwork contraption about grifting, double-crosses, buried secrets and revenge...made pleasurable by giving us the opportunity to watch...Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen sparring with one another. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
C 91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Has the spit and polish of a top-of-the-line sports car from a technical perspective, but in dramatic terms it's more like a conventional model that's just rolled off an assembly line. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
C- 38% Primal (2019) The latest in Nicolas Cage's seemingly endless stream of B-movie potboilers [is] ludicrously implausible-as well as unpleasantly claustrophobic. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
B+ 58% Frankie (2019) [Sachs's] delicate, sensitive touch remains in full flower despite the change of locale. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
B- 79% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) A somewhat soggy French soufflé, still edible but hardly delectable. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
C+ 43% Midway (2019) A throwback to the wartime spectacles of the seventies, done up with all the visual pizzazz CGI can provide but keeping the human element at a regrettably rudimentary level. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
D 22% Playing with Fire (2019) Abysmal.... a family movie of the sort that gives family movies a bad name. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
C 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Flanagan's 'Doctor Sleep' is to Kubrick's 'The Shining' as Peter Hyams's '2010' was to '2001'-an unnecessary, misguided sequel. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
A- 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A trenchant commentary on the economic divide that exists in today's South Korea, one made all the keener by Bong's ability to meld elements of comedy, satire, suspense and horror...one of the year's best films. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
B+ 95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Tells a powerful tale of ecclesiastical misconduct with the gravity it deserves, without sensationalism or sermonizing. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
B+ 70% The King (2019) A version of the mid-Lancastrian period in English history that's dramatically effective on its own terms as a commentary on the inevitability and futility of war. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
C 67% Adopt a Highway (2019) No indie gem, but Hawke's performance at least makes it watchable. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
C- 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) There's some fun in seeing Hamilton and Schwarzenegger face off again, but otherwise this 'Terminator' is pretty much a dud...as much a recycling as a reboot. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
B 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) An admittedly bizarre picture that...will offend some, [but] makes up in sheer energy and inventiveness what it lacks in tonal consistency. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B 73% Harriet (2019) A worthwhile if rather conventional effort-a strong, solid biography of an historically significant figure that's educational, inspirational and emotionally potent. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B 61% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Impressive and engrossing...an imperfect film, but its intelligence and craftsmanship are never in doubt. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
C 51% Black and Blue (2019) So long as one is willing to settle for a conventionally plotted urban action movie, 'Black and Blue' will suffice, but its fleeting bits of social commentary suggest it might have been something more. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
D 25% Countdown (2019) [A] remarkably dumb, fright-free Halloween trick... intended to be both scary and funny [but] neither. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
B 70% The Kill Team (2019) Another potent expression of a theme that has become unhappily common in films about America's recent wartime experience. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
B+ 92% The Lighthouse (2019) A mesmerizing film that's also pleasurably mystifying.... It might baffle you, but its visceral impact is undeniable. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
C 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) An interesting story sumptuously but clumsily told. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
C 71% 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 30% Trick (2019) Lives up to its title: it's no treat. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
C 68% 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 76% 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 40% 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+ 97% 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- 43% 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+ 26% 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 41% 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- 21% 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