Frank Swietek

Frank Swietek
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) A grab-bag of arbitrary scare tropes that doesn't amount to much but will probably satisfy the desire of fans for another helping of frights, though...this installment is less gory and more humorous than the previous ones. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
C- 38% Being Frank (2019) A frantic and desperate attempt to extract some laughs from a misguided premise. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
B 62% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) The key to the movie's success is the dexterity with which Arcand has folded his socially conscious message with witty caper comedy, even if the darker elements aren't always a perfect fit. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
C+ 62% Child's Play (2019) No less silly or gruesome than its 1988 predecessor, but its ghoulish sense of humor puts it a cut above most recent slasher flicks. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
B+ 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Every bit as lovable as the first three films, its mixture of rambunctious fun and sentimental schmaltz is utterly irresistible...a combination of the familiar and the new that makes for an instant classic. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
C- 71% Papi Chulo (2019) Heartfelt but erratic...undoubtedly means well, but ultimately it miscalculates badly . - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
C 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) For a while it coasts along on its succession of hypnotic images, but ultimately its wooziness becomes wearying. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
C- 31% Shaft (2019) As far as modern action comedies go, this isn't the worst of the bunch...but it's still a pretty anemic, in some ways positively misguided, attempt to revive the old franchise. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
C 89% Plus One (2019) A moderately amusing romcom but, in the end, nothing special-the sort of thing premium cable was invented for. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
C 82% American Woman (2019) A kind of mini-series soap opera slimmed down to a two-hour compilation of dramatic (or melodramatic) highlights. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
C 79% Late Night (2019) Bland....a comedy that apparently wants to address real issues in the contemporary workplace but proves weak-kneed in doing so. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
C- 22% Men in Black International (2019) Just another frenzied, overblown action comedy that curdles whatever nostalgia-based affection one might have harbored for the original movies. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
C 53% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The dead may not die, but Jim Jarmusch's movie about them slowly expires. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
B+ 90% The Souvenir (2019) Not just an engrossing memory-play, but a powerful drama about a modern Svengali. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
C+ 56% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) A disappointment overall... suffers from its scattershot approach, jumping from one of the three story threads to another without ever managing to integrate them satisfactorily, - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
C- 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Utterly ordinary and generic...There's little imagination or inventiveness to either the story or the telling of it; the result is a curiously pallid send-off for the characters. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
B+ 95% Shadow (2019) A luminously gorgeous visual experience, and though parts of it are talky and theatrical, at its best it's a remarkable accomplishment. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
C- 32% Domino (2019) While the finished product shows occasional flashes of the director's erstwhile brilliance, as a whole it's a dispiriting failure to recapture it. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
C- 55% Ma (2019) Despite a surprisingly imposing cast...'Ma' remains the sort of basically schlocky B-movie potboiler Blumhouse specializes in. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
C 89% Rocketman (2019) While 'Rocketman' disappoints in many respects...it does offer a cavalcade of many of John's greatest hits-even if in attenuated form and incongruous context-and for fans of the singer that may be enough. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
D 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Perhaps the summer will see a sillier, visually murkier, more incoherent would-be blockbuster than [this], but one can devoutly hope not. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
B+ 89% Non-Fiction (2019) Another perceptive drama from Assayas, ostensibly more straightforward than his more recent films but equally acute in its observations about the shifting, enigmatic nature of human relationships. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
B 77% Photograph (2019) Ritesh Batra both employs and upends the clichés of romantic comedy in this low-key, open-ended charmer. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
D 56% Brightburn (2019) A horror movie that, sadly, doesn't do much with its adolescent-supervillain-from-space premise. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B- 97% Booksmart (2019) One of the better raunchy high school comedies to come down the pike recently, but apart from the gender switch the level of innovation is actually pretty modest. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
C 71% All Is True (2019) A rather turgid bit of speculative fiction about Shakespeare's final years. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
C 57% Aladdin (2019) Though it hews reasonably closely to the plot of the 1992 film...this oversized remake manages to jettison much of the original's charm and cleverness. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
C 10% A Violent Separation (2019) A tale of familial trouble in America's heartland that's actually quite well-made but too slow and inert to carry much emotional pull. - One Guy's Opinion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
D+ 49% 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 89% 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- 47% 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+ 90% 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 66% 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 51% 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- 34% 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- 67% 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 81% 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 31% 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+ 28% 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- 31% 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 76% 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 69% 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 82% 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