One Guy's Opinion

One Guy's Opinion is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Frank Swietek
Rating Title/Year Author
C- Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Frank Swietek There's a tired, redundant feel to 'The Next Level,' but of course playing the same game repeatedly often has that effect. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
B Richard Jewell (2019) Frank Swietek Emotionally compelling, even if in making its case it engages in some troubling melodramatic choices. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
B- Safe Spaces (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
C Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Frank Swietek For a while the film fascinates; but it loses its way by descending into full horror-movie mode in the last half-hour. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
B I See You (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
C+ The Aeronauts (2019) Frank Swietek Engaging enough though a mess historically, but runs out of gas-or hot air-before a strenuously triumphant finale. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
B+ The Two Popes (2019) Frank Swietek A master class in acting that's also a cheeky exercise in historically-based speculation. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
C 21 Bridges (2019) Frank Swietek Thoroughly implausible but efficiently made, [it] mov[es] briskly enough to smooth over the plot holes and absurdities. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
C The Bygone (2019) Frank Swietek A modern western that at least tries to say something substantive, even if it muddles the message with a hokey plot. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
C Queen & Slim (2019) Frank Swietek It certainly has a powerful subject at its core, but suffers from a lack of narrative clarity and an overly dreamy, lethargic tone. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
C+ Waves (2019) Frank Swietek The film is ambitious, virtuosic and intermittently wrenching, but in the end the sense of calculation undermines its impact. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B+ Dark Waters (2019) Frank Swietek A potent, gripping account of one man's crusade to uncover-and punish-a disturbing instance of corporate greed and malfeasance. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B+ Knives Out (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
A- Marriage Story (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2019
C+ Honey Boy (2019) Frank Swietek A film that pulsates with vibrancy, though perhaps not always with truth....Despite its many virtues, therefore, 'Honey Boy' merits only a mixed response. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
C A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
C Frozen II (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
C Charlie's Angels (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
A The Irishman (2019) Frank Swietek A long but richly textured, melancholy elegy about a way of life ostensibly based on comradeship but really founded on selfishness and violence. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
B The Report (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
B- The Good Liar (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
C Ford v Ferrari (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
C- Primal (2019) Frank Swietek The latest in Nicolas Cage's seemingly endless stream of B-movie potboilers [is] ludicrously implausible-as well as unpleasantly claustrophobic. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
B+ Frankie (2019) Frank Swietek [Sachs's] delicate, sensitive touch remains in full flower despite the change of locale. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
B- Cyrano, My Love (2018) Frank Swietek A somewhat soggy French soufflé, still edible but hardly delectable. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
C+ Midway (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
D () Frank Swietek Abysmal.... a family movie of the sort that gives family movies a bad name. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
C Doctor Sleep (2019) Frank Swietek Flanagan's 'Doctor Sleep' is to Kubrick's 'The Shining' as Peter Hyams's '2010' was to '2001'-an unnecessary, misguided sequel. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
A- Parasite (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
B+ Grâce à Dieu (2018) Frank Swietek Tells a powerful tale of ecclesiastical misconduct with the gravity it deserves, without sensationalism or sermonizing. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
B+ The King (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
C Adopt a Highway (2019) Frank Swietek No indie gem, but Hawke's performance at least makes it watchable. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
C- Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
B Jojo Rabbit (2019) Frank Swietek An admittedly bizarre picture that...will offend some, [but] makes up in sheer energy and inventiveness what it lacks in tonal consistency. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
B Harriet (2019) Frank Swietek A worthwhile if rather conventional effort-a strong, solid biography of an historically significant figure that's educational, inspirational and emotionally potent. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
B Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Frank Swietek Impressive and engrossing...an imperfect film, but its intelligence and craftsmanship are never in doubt. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
C Black and Blue (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
D Countdown (2019) Frank Swietek [A] remarkably dumb, fright-free Halloween trick... intended to be both scary and funny [but] neither. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
B The Kill Team (2019) Frank Swietek Another potent expression of a theme that has become unhappily common in films about America's recent wartime experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2019
B+ The Lighthouse (2019) Frank Swietek A mesmerizing film that's also pleasurably mystifying.... It might baffle you, but its visceral impact is undeniable. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
C The Current War (2017) Frank Swietek An interesting story sumptuously but clumsily told. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
C The Captain (2019) Frank Swietek Essentially 'Sully' without the nuance, a throwback to the disaster-movie formulas of pre-'Airplane!' days. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
D Trick (2019) Frank Swietek Lives up to its title: it's no treat. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
C Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Frank Swietek While back in 2009 the first 'Zombieland' felt fresh and fizzy, this attempted iteration comes across as a curiously flat recycling. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
B Britt-Marie var här (2019) Frank Swietek [An] endearing portrait of someone forced to make significant life changes and becoming a better person in the process, through simple human contact. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
D Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
D Mary (2019) Frank Swietek A well-produced but soggy would-be thriller that sinks to the depths despite a game cast. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
B+ Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Frank Swietek Tremendous fun [and] a rip-roaring return to form by Eddie Murphy. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
B- The Addams Family (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
D+ Gemini Man (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019