Frank Swietek

Frank Swietek
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
D+ 47% A Dog's Journey (2019) [A] strange mixture of juvenile humor, mawkish melodrama and insufferable cuteness...this dog has had its day, and then some. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
B 85% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) A gentle, respectful tribute [that] borders on hagiography, but... does offer a decent if one-dimensional biographical sketch of a man who firmly believed in communism, yet inadvertently helped bring about the downfall of the Soviet Union. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
C- 52% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) An awfully annoying movie, a tearjerker that's more jerky than tear-inducing. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
C+ 88% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) A bloated chapter in the saga, one that proves that more can actually mean less...overkill sets in, in every sense. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B- 92% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Unquestionably ponderous, self-indulgent and opaque, but also an engrossing example of cinematic virtuosity, ending in a protracted single take that will become the stuff of movie lore. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
B 67% The White Crow (2019) Elegant and cultivated, [and] mostly successful in conveying the challenges of Nureyev's early life, his unfettered determination to excel, and his uniqueness as a person and a dancer. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
D 15% The Hustle (2019) The third time around does not prove the charm for this tale of two scam artists... 'The Hustle' [is] the weakest iteration yet. The real con job is on the audience. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C 50% Tolkien (2019) The difficulty isn't so much that the picture is rather crudely reductionist, but that it's stately, ponderous, and rather dull. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C- 32% Poms (2019) Though it wants to uplift us by celebrating the spirit of women of a certain age, the execution is so poor that it ends up depressing us instead. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
C- 65% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) As the plot rolls inexorably-and tediously-on, the movie becomes more and more a cluttered, overstuffed CGI mess. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
B 86% Hesburgh (2019) Undoubtedly verges on hagiography, but it presents a persuasive portrait of a man who served both his university and his country with vigor and unquestionable administrative skill. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
C 29% Red Joan (2019) Not appreciably better than a mid-level Masterpiece Theatre episode...surprisingly starchy, stilted and clichéd. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
B 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Succeeds in providing a sympathetic portrait both public and personal, covering not only Dr. Ruth's career but her life as a whole. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
C+ 30% UglyDolls (2019) While sweet, cuddly and innocuous, the movie is also utterly bland in every respect. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
C- 81% Long Shot (2019) Manages to kill two birds with one stone, at once an insipid romantic comedy and an even worse political satire. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
D- 30% The Intruder (2019) [A] particularly silly home-invasion thriller...that wants to scare you but is more likely to make you burst out laughing - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
C 75% Family (2019) A predictable bit of fluff played in an affected style that's more irritating than enticing. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
B 72% Stockholm (2019) 'Stockholm' might not make you forget 'Dog Day Afternoon,' but while Budreau's grip flags from time to time, the excellent cast manages to keep the momentum going. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
B- 57% J.T. LeRoy (2019) A moderately enjoyable account of one of the most flagrant literary hoaxes of modern times, especially because of the performances. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
C+ 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Predictable and...overstuffed with snarky lines and bathetic moments, though as sumptuously made as anything to have rolled off the Marvel assembly line [but] since it gives series fans a heaping helping of what they obviously savor, they'll eat it up. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
D 83% High Life (2019) Denis' outer-space oddity... is not just obscure and unpleasant, but extraordinarily dull besides. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
C+ 80% Fast Color (2019) While the film is an intriguing post-apocalypse feminist parable, it's also rather sluggish and bland. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
C 44% The Chaperone (2019) Stylistically pedestrian and narrative predictable...[it] represents the sort of solid if somewhat stolid period drama that's a mainstay of public television. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
B 65% Peterloo (2019) Despite the fact that 'Peterloo' is unwieldy and long-winded, it's also quite stirring and memorable...an impassioned film with a clear, unambiguous point of view, which it presents strongly and without apology. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
D+ 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Pretty much a mess...[a] silly, borderline incoherent and largely fright-free take on the Mexican legend. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
C- 61% Breakthrough (2019) Sincere but heavy-handed...One breakthrough that 'Breakthrough' does not achieve...is the one that would move it beyond preaching-to-the-choir status. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
B 89% Missing Link (2019) Coasts along agreeably, offering old-fashioned slapstick and geniality in contrast to the overbearing noise and clutter of most of today's animated family fare. What stands out...is the quirkiness and whimsicality. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
B 91% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) Yet another technically impressive and enjoyable installment in the Disneynature series. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
C 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Beautifully crafted, but in the end it's a self-indulgent, frustrating piece whose pretensions to profundity are simply claimed rather than earned. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
B- 83% The Brink (2019) A thumbs-up, but the digit is cautiously raised...'The Brink' may be designed to tear Bannon down; but it might actually serve to promote his grandiose self-image. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
D 16% Hellboy (2019) A dreary reboot...which, while cobbled together from plotlines derived from the books, comes across as a bargain-basement recycling of the character. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
C 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Merely from the perspective of generating chills, shocks and nervous laughter, this is an effective piece of horror filmmaking; but it's also thoroughly unpleasant, and at times positively repulsive. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B 90% Shazam! (2019) Good-natured fun that hews to a rather old-fashioned comic-book sensibility...very much a live-action cartoon, in spirit and style. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
D No Score Yet Division 19 (2019) There are lots of ideas percolating in S.A Halewood's 'Division 19,' but most of them are fairly banal, and mini-budget execution proves fatal. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B 66% Storm Boy (2019) Winning family fare...a mixture of laughter and tears that can appeal to young and old alike. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B- 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Will never replace 'Bonnie and Clyde' in the cinematic canon, but in its restrained, almost contemplative fashion it offers a solidly made, consistently interesting docu-dramatic take on the hunt for the notorious duo. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
B+ 98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Like Jia's earlier films, very much a personal reflection on what has been happening to modern China, employing gangster conventions...as an element of that rumination, rather than surrendering to them. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
B 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) As urgent and compelling an example of this kind of fact-based thriller as any... but whether all such films play off these kinds of tragedies without telling us much more than that they happen remains an open question. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
C 28% The Aftermath (2019) As far as wartime soap operas go, it's a beautifully appointed, civilized example of the genre-but not a particularly compelling or credible one. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
D 47% Dumbo (2019) What was a small, charming movie barely an hour long has become a lumbering, depressing slog nearly twice that, encumbered with plot additions that follow today's rote formulas for family fare. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
C 94% Us (2019) Despite some sporadically effective moments it emerges as a muddle-a lovingly made but rather pretentious example of the sophomore jinx in action. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
C- 45% Captive State (2019) A cinematic Trojan horse, 'Captive State' promises to be an exciting thriller, but proves stodgy and dull. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
C 50% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) A low-key genre exercise, easy to watch but equally easy to forget. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
C 71% Climax (2019) Whether experiencing the exuberance of the dance sequence, however mesmerizing it might be, is worth suffering through the sludge of the post-rehearsal meltdown is doubtful. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
C- 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Suitable only for those ready to tear up over soap operas about teens with deadly ailments. Others are advised to skip this weepy hospital visit. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
C- 33% Wonder Park (2019) Visually ambitious and riotously energetic but burdened with a storyline that's a weird medley of irritating characters and strange messages, 'Wonder Park' ends up as just another mediocre computer-animated children's movie. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
C 45% The Kid (2019) It strives for the depth of 'Unforgiven,' but falls considerably short of that standard...an example of a clever premise foiled by self-indulgent execution. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
C 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Far from marvelous...a stumble in Marvel-Disney's plan to conquer the cinematic universe. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
C 91% Furie (Hai phuong) (2019) Just an unimaginative action flick, a 'Taken' clone with a female protagonist. But Ngo is a strong heroine, and her kick-ass skill will make it a hit with genre fans. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
B+ 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Exquisitely made...offers a distinctive, compelling take on the 'Scarface' formula. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019