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
D+ Into the Ashes (2019) Frank Swietek Rather a slog...musters a grubby atmosphere but is otherwise a completely routine revenge tale, not unlike many that have come before. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
B The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Frank Swietek The film's tone is audaciously quirky and surrealistic, but in addition to being wickedly funny, the movie is also genuinely disturbing. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
C The Lion King (2019) Frank Swietek Whatever the story has gained in terms of technical prowess, it has lost in charm and emotional impact. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
C- Stuber (2019) Frank Swietek The violence is so graphic and unremitting that the lighter elements get swamped, even thought the inevitable mismatched buddies exhibit some chemistry. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
D- Cold Blood (2019) Frank Swietek An utterly dismal attempt at a convoluted action thriller...lacks imagination, coherence, and basic technical proficiency. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
B Wild Rose (2018) Frank Swietek Definitely a crowd-pleaser, but one that doesn't follow all the rules. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
C- Midsommar (2019) Frank Swietek A lugubrious exercise in self-indulgence...ambitious but predictable, moody but sluggish, only sporadically creepy and sometimes deliberately repulsive, and, ultimately, rather dull. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
B Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Frank Swietek An engaging addition to the seemingly endless supply of product from the Marvel pipeline, bolstered by Holland's winning turn and a welcome sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
C- Ophelia (2018) Frank Swietek More travesty than tragedy...doesn't so much re-imagine Shakespeare's tragedy as trivialize it. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
C- Yesterday (2019) Frank Swietek If you'll be satisfied with a splashy but cheesy jukebox musical fantasy featuring some the Beatles' greatest hits, indifferently delivered though they might be, 'Yesterday' will be your cup of tea. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
C+ Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
C- Being Frank (2018) Frank Swietek A frantic and desperate attempt to extract some laughs from a misguided premise. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
B La chute de l'empire Américain (2018) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
C+ Child's Play (2019) Frank Swietek No less silly or gruesome than its 1988 predecessor, but its ghoulish sense of humor puts it a cut above most recent slasher flicks. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
B+ Toy Story 4 (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
C- Papi chulo (2018) Frank Swietek Heartfelt but erratic...undoubtedly means well, but ultimately it miscalculates badly . EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
C The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Frank Swietek For a while it coasts along on its succession of hypnotic images, but ultimately its wooziness becomes wearying. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
C- Shaft (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
C Plus One (2019) Frank Swietek A moderately amusing romcom but, in the end, nothing special-the sort of thing premium cable was invented for. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
C American Woman (2018) Frank Swietek A kind of mini-series soap opera slimmed down to a two-hour compilation of dramatic (or melodramatic) highlights. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
C Late Night (2019) Frank Swietek Bland....a comedy that apparently wants to address real issues in the contemporary workplace but proves weak-kneed in doing so. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
C- Men in Black: International (2019) Frank Swietek Just another frenzied, overblown action comedy that curdles whatever nostalgia-based affection one might have harbored for the original movies. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
C The Dead Don't Die (2019) Frank Swietek The dead may not die, but Jim Jarmusch's movie about them slowly expires. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
B+ The Souvenir (2019) Frank Swietek Not just an engrossing memory-play, but a powerful drama about a modern Svengali. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
C+ The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Frank Swietek 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, EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
C- Dark Phoenix (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
B+ Shadow (2018) Frank Swietek A luminously gorgeous visual experience, and though parts of it are talky and theatrical, at its best it's a remarkable accomplishment. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
C- Domino (2019) Frank Swietek While the finished product shows occasional flashes of the director's erstwhile brilliance, as a whole it's a dispiriting failure to recapture it. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
C- () Frank Swietek Despite a surprisingly imposing cast...'Ma' remains the sort of basically schlocky B-movie potboiler Blumhouse specializes in. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
C Rocketman (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
D Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Frank Swietek Perhaps the summer will see a sillier, visually murkier, more incoherent would-be blockbuster than [this], but one can devoutly hope not. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
B+ Double Lives (2018) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
B Photograph (2019) Frank Swietek Ritesh Batra both employs and upends the clichés of romantic comedy in this low-key, open-ended charmer. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
D Brightburn (2019) Frank Swietek A horror movie that, sadly, doesn't do much with its adolescent-supervillain-from-space premise. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
B- Booksmart (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
C All Is True (2018) Frank Swietek A rather turgid bit of speculative fiction about Shakespeare's final years. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
C Aladdin (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
C A Violent Separation (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
D+ A Dog's Journey (2019) Frank Swietek [A] strange mixture of juvenile humor, mawkish melodrama and insufferable cuteness...this dog has had its day, and then some. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
B Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
C- The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Frank Swietek An awfully annoying movie, a tearjerker that's more jerky than tear-inducing. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
C+ John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Frank Swietek A bloated chapter in the saga, one that proves that more can actually mean less...overkill sets in, in every sense. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
B- Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
B The White Crow (2018) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2019
D The Hustle (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
C Tolkien (2019) Frank Swietek The difficulty isn't so much that the picture is rather crudely reductionist, but that it's stately, ponderous, and rather dull. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
C- Poms (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
C- Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Frank Swietek As the plot rolls inexorably-and tediously-on, the movie becomes more and more a cluttered, overstuffed CGI mess. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
B Hesburgh (2018) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
C Red Joan (2018) Frank Swietek Not appreciably better than a mid-level Masterpiece Theatre episode...surprisingly starchy, stilted and clichéd. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019