Frank Swietek

Frank Swietek
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C- 63% The Toll (2020) A grab bag of horror tropes [that] comes across as more an exercise in cumulative cliché than a fully thought-through movie. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
C 21% Every Breath You Take (2021) Aims to be a slow-burning psychological thriller, but it never manages to raise the heat high enough to generate even a mild sizzle. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
C 68% Happily (2021) A stylish but uneasy hybrid of comedy and drama that ends in frustrating ambiguity. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
C 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Just another of those would-be Hollywood blockbusters that's no more than a cheesy B-movie beefed up with overblown, expensive effects...the title should be expanded to 'Godzilla vs. Kong vs. the Patience of the Audience.' - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
C 47% Yes Day (2021) Genially inconsequential and instantly forgettable. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
C 36% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) A creaky, old-fashioned World War II spy movie, so clumsily plotted and laxly directed that it seems almost a parody, despite a first-rate cast. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
B- 82% Nobody (2021) While essentially nothing more than a cartoonishly nasty graphic novel brought to life, 'Nobody' is...enjoyable if you can get past the basic absurdity. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
C+ 57% The Vault (2021) An elaborate heist movie [that] benefits from a colorful setting but suffers from colorless characters and general shapelessness. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
C 51% City of Lies (2018) [A] structurally complex but...unsurprising film [that] might prove intriguing for both those with an enduring interest in the Notorious B.I.G.'s murder and those who know little about it, but also frustrating-though for different reasons. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
C 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Unrelentingly funereal and serious, it confuses solemnity with profundity...a case of too much, too ponderous. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
B 87% The Courier (2020) Though it fiddles with the historical record for dramatic effect, simplifying some matters and creating at least one important composite character, this fact-based Cold War espionage tale is generally absorbing, though relatively low-key. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
C No Score Yet The Dead of Night (2021) The undistinguished title suits this undistinguished horror movie, but while 'The Dead of Night' is essentially mediocre, it tells a familiar story in reasonably effective fashion. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
C- 31% Tom & Jerry (2020) One of those frenzied animation-live action hybrids in which neither element is particularly amusing and smashed together they're pretty deadly. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
C+ 67% Long Weekend (2021) An extended exercise in whimsy that lacks the final measure of magic that would put it in the upper echelons of 'impossible' romantic comedies. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021
B- 70% Moxie (2021) A rather bland treatment of a subject that might have benefited from an edgier approach, but it still provides a reasonably good time, as well as a message worth hearing. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
C+ 37% Cherry (2021) It serves as a showcase for Holland's talent while telling a timely American story, though overloading it with intrusive technical flourishes that obscure the power rather than enhancing it. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
A- 98% The Father (2021) Will be hard for all viewers to watch, some more than others. But it's a lacerating depiction of decline, marked by one of the finest performances ever given by arguably the best actor of our time. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
C 49% Coming 2 America (2021) Hardly worth waiting two decades for. It's mildly amusing, generally inoffensive and instantly forgettable. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
C 43% Boogie (2021) Earnest but hokey and cliché-ridden, 'Boogie' is curiously pedestrian for a film about a sport that exults in swift court action. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
C 76% Pixie (2021) A rather wan take on formulas better handled elsewhere... neither as clever as it thinks nor as engaging as it should be. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
C+ 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) One is left with a mixture of admiration for the film's astonishing visual achievement and regret that it hasn't been matched by equally imaginative narrative choices...it feels more studiously manufactured than genuinely magical. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
D- No Score Yet Tyger Tyger (2021) An incoherent mess that aims for a psychedelic vibe but comes off as just irritatingly chaotic. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
C- 63% Wrong Turn (2021) Hardly a good movie, but it's better than the dreadful 2003 one, and boasts craftsmanship and acting superior to what one usually finds in these 'Chainsaw' derivatives. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
B 100% The Independents (2021) Slight, but a warm, affectionate movie that's engagingly droll and unpretentious-and the music is unfailingly pleasant. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
C+ 62% Crisis (2021) While undeniably serious and high-minded, the movie is more schematic than dramatic, lacking the sustained power and urgency such a story demands. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
B- 80% I Care a Lot (2021) There's enough that's daring and provocative in the film to make it worth watching, precisely because it will make you uncomfortable. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
B- 52% Silk Road (2021) The main surprise is not how it turns out, but how enjoyable it is getting to the preordained finish. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
C 72% Flora & Ulysses (2021) Though innocuous, it's a totally unexceptional kidflick. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
C 64% Body Brokers (2021) Tries hard to be a powerful exposé of a seamy business, but doesn't have the requisite urgency and anger to pull it off. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
C 74% The Mauritanian (2021) A sincere, high-minded film...But the movie never carries the dramatic punch it's obvious straining for. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
D 27% Blithe Spirit (2021) It would be hard to imagine a more dispiriting adaptation of Noël Coward's 1941 play...than this cloddish misfire. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
B 94% Nomadland (2021) Zhao's blend of reality and poetry is an aesthetic that will move some, while boring others, but...an empathetic portrait of itinerant Americans who, though confronted by tough economic times, refuse to give up or give in. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
C 74% The World to Come (2020) Follows a template that is becoming increasingly familiar, and doesn't advance the formula to any great degree. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
B- 78% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) A better-than-average addition to a genre that, true to its premise, practically invites replication. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
C 62% French Exit (2021) It strives to be a modern version of a screwball comedy, but winds up seeming screwy but not much of a ball for the audience. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
C+ 70% Land (2021) A portrait of extreme bereavement that's compelling on the surface but feels a bit shallow underneath. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
B+ 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) [An] impassioned, riveting story of promise and betrayal at a combustible moment in twentieth-century American history. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
B+ 98% Minari (2020) A soothing balm for audiences...a gentle fable of assimilation that is bound to be a crowd-pleaser, if the crowd will come out to see it. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
C+ 68% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) While interesting, at nearly two hours the film feels repetitive and, compared to 'Room 237,' rather shallow. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
C+ 48% A Nightmare Wakes (2020) Represents an intriguing, though not entirely successful, reverie on the creative process behind one of the world's best-known tales of horror. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
A 94% Dear Comrades! (2021) A searing recreation of a long-suppressed massacre in the Soviet Union that is also a potent personal story of disillusionment and grief. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
D 40% The Right One (2021) Almost totally wrongheaded... [It] might have worked as either a screwball comedy or a heartfelt drama about grief. By trying to be both, it succeeds as neither. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
D 21% The Reckoning (2021) There have been good films about witchcraft trials...Unfortunately Neil Marshall's 'The Reckoning is not among them. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
B 90% Rams (2021) Gentle and enjoyable... Though this is as manipulative a movie as they come, the team of Neill and Caton saves it from getting too sloppy. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
B- 54% Son of the South (2021) A pretty old-fashioned, unimaginative contribution to the filmography on the civil rights struggle, but it's earnest and instructive, and a tribute to one of its unsung heroes. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
C- 27% Bliss (2021) A sluggish, unexciting and ultimately rather dumb take on the 'Matrix' premise. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
B 88% The Dig (2021) If one doesn't demand full factual accuracy, 'The Dig' represents an emotionally affecting, and beautifully made, account of one of the last century's most significant archaeological events. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
B 93% Saint Maud (2020) An unsettling psychological study of a woman driven to extremes by religious mania. Stylish and strongly acted, it's both provocative and disturbing. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
C+ 76% Savage (2019) A compelling portrait of a Wellington street gang, marred however by the decision to embrace a redemptive dramatic arc that comes across as forced compared to the ultra-realistic backdrop. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
C+ 81% The Night (2021) It has some genuinely effective moments, though not enough to overcome an overall air of predictability. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021