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- Wrong Turn (2021) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
B The Independents (2018) Frank Swietek Slight, but a warm, affectionate movie that's engagingly droll and unpretentious-and the music is unfailingly pleasant. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
C Crisis (2021) Frank Swietek While undeniably serious and high-minded, the movie is more schematic than dramatic, lacking the sustained power and urgency such a story demands. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
B- I Care a Lot (2020) Frank Swietek There's enough that's daring and provocative in the film to make it worth watching, precisely because it will make you uncomfortable. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
B- Silk Road (2021) Frank Swietek The main surprise is not how it turns out, but how enjoyable it is getting to the preordained finish. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
C Flora and Ulysses (2020) Frank Swietek Though innocuous, it's a totally unexceptional kidflick. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
C Body Brokers (2021) Frank Swietek Tries hard to be a powerful exposé of a seamy business, but doesn't have the requisite urgency and anger to pull it off. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
C The Mauritanian (2021) Frank Swietek A sincere, high-minded film...But the movie never carries the dramatic punch it's obvious straining for. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
D Blithe Spirit (2020) Frank Swietek It would be hard to imagine a more dispiriting adaptation of Noël Coward's 1941 play...than this cloddish misfire. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
B Nomadland (2020) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
C The World to Come (2020) Frank Swietek Follows a template that is becoming increasingly familiar, and doesn't advance the formula to any great degree. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
B- The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) Frank Swietek A better-than-average addition to a genre that, true to its premise, practically invites replication. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
C French Exit (2020) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
C+ Land (2021) Frank Swietek A portrait of extreme bereavement that's compelling on the surface but feels a bit shallow underneath. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
B+ Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Frank Swietek [An] impassioned, riveting story of promise and betrayal at a combustible moment in twentieth-century American history. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
B+ Minari (2020) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
C+ A Glitch in the Matrix (2020) Frank Swietek While interesting, at nearly two hours the film feels repetitive and, compared to 'Room 237,' rather shallow. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
C+ A Nightmare Wakes (2020) Frank Swietek Represents an intriguing, though not entirely successful, reverie on the creative process behind one of the world's best-known tales of horror. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
A Dear Comrades! (2020) Frank Swietek A searing recreation of a long-suppressed massacre in the Soviet Union that is also a potent personal story of disillusionment and grief. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
D The Right One (2021) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
D The Reckoning (2021) Frank Swietek There have been good films about witchcraft trials...Unfortunately Neil Marshall's 'The Reckoning is not among them. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B Rams (2020) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B- Son of the South (2021) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
C- Bliss (2021) Frank Swietek A sluggish, unexciting and ultimately rather dumb take on the 'Matrix' premise. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B The Dig (2021) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B Saint Maud (2019) Frank Swietek An unsettling psychological study of a woman driven to extremes by religious mania. Stylish and strongly acted, it's both provocative and disturbing. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
C+ Savage (2019) Frank Swietek 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
C+ The Night (2020) Frank Swietek It has some genuinely effective moments, though not enough to overcome an overall air of predictability. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
B Supernova (2020) Frank Swietek The story that 'Supernova' tells may not be an unfamiliar one, but it rarely strikes a false note, and is elevated by superior acting. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
C Palmer (2021) Frank Swietek Undoubtedly sincere, but it tells a potentially moving story with too heavy a hand, diluting its strength in the process. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
C The Little Things (2021) Frank Swietek Whatever you think of 'Se7en,' it had a diabolical cunning this effort inspired by it utterly lacks. The distinguished pedigree of 'The Little Things' promises much, but the rewards prove disappointingly small. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
C- Flinch (2021) Frank Swietek A would-be exercise in style that drowns in melodramatic excess and visual overkill. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
B Cowboys (2020) Frank Swietek While hardly devoid of a message, 'Cowboys' takes the unusual form of an engagingly quirky drama that's part domestic story and part adventure tale. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
C No Man's Land (2021) Frank Swietek Wants desperately to be a parable of forgiveness, a tale of how mutual understanding can arise from tragedy. Unfortunately, it's undermined by its own simplistic earnestness and structural clumsiness. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
B- Don't Tell a Soul (2020) Frank Swietek Holds one's interest over its brief eighty-three minute running-time, though it suffers from almost amusing issues of plausibility and one terribly overwrought performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
C Outside the Wire (2021) Frank Swietek Just an average sci-fi action movie with a lot less on its mind than it might have had. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
B Our Friend (2019) Frank Swietek Inevitably it's a tearjerker, but in this case the tears are for the most part honestly earned. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
C- The Wake of Light (2019) Frank Swietek One imagines that Philip hopes that his film will seem quietly profound. But it only feels uncomfortably pretentious. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
B My Little Sister (2020) Frank Swietek A dramatically wrenching but, for the most part, sensitively told story [that] avoids mawkishness while delivering a strong emotional impact. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
C+ Pieces of a Woman (2020) Frank Swietek There's so much that's excellent in [it] that the missteps are all the more regrettable. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
C+ Bloody Hell (2020) Frank Swietek While [it] doesn't escape some doldrums, its snarky attitude and gleeful ghoulishness, especially in the final reel, will probably satisfy those with a hankering for the genre. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
C Go/Don't Go (2020) Frank Swietek A morose exercise that will probably transfer its mood of existential angst all too effectively to the viewer. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
B+ One Night in Miami (2020) Frank Swietek While it can't escape a feeling of staginess, the conversation about the role of African-American icons in society remains as timely now as it would have been more than half a century ago. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
B Ammonite (2020) Frank Swietek [A] period tale of same-sex love that toys with the historical record but offers compelling performances and convincing ambience. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
D Redemption Day (2021) Frank Swietek This is supposed to be a taut action thriller, but it's flabbily constructed, composed largely of dull exposition, and has no thrills whatever. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
B Herself (2020) Frank Swietek Not an unfamiliar scenario, but in this case it's rescued in some measure by some gritty, Ken Loach-like touches and effective performances. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
C+ Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Frank Swietek If you're willing to turn off your brain for the mercifully brief duration, you might enjoy this serving of utterly ludicrous but zippy nonsense. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2021
C- Sister of the Groom (2020) Frank Swietek A wedding comedy that proves as unpleasant as a real ceremony that goes hopelessly wrong. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2021
C+ The Last Blockbuster (2020) Frank Swietek A pity that this generally likable documentary...couldn't have been more imaginative in trying to justify its over-extended running-time. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2021
C- The Midnight Sky (2020) Frank Swietek Solemn, serious and conspicuously dull, George Clooney's apocalyptic sci-fi film...proves tough sledding for its viewers as well as its characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2021