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
B Citizen K (2019) Frank Swietek Even if Gibney's film essentially offers the view of Khodorkovsky that he himself promotes, it also provides an engrossing overview of the post-Soviet Russian history in which Vladimir Putin plays such an oversized role. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2020
F Fantasy Island (2020) Frank Swietek A complete mess...a horror movie that's genuinely horrible, its stupidity being exceeded only by its dullness. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
C- Spy Intervention (2020) Frank Swietek The espionage component never generates the slightest hint of genuine danger, and the romantic element is contrived and obvious. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
C Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Frank Swietek Except for Carrey's nutty exuberance, 'Sonic' offers little even the smallest kids won't have seen before, and certainly nothing their parents will find particularly amusing EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
C- Downhill (2020) Frank Swietek A dramedy about emotional discomfort that will probably cause most viewers to feel uncomfortable themselves. And it's one of the weirdest Valentine's Day releases imaginable. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
B The Lodge (2019) Frank Swietek A haunting thriller that makes up in sheer style what it lacks in narrative logic. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
B The Assistant (2019) Frank Swietek In its quiet, unassuming way it cunningly depicts the culture that allowed the crass, cruel behavior of not just one man but many of them. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
D Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Frank Swietek There's a pervasive air of desperation to this female-centric would-be comic-book action blockbuster, which flails about for nearly two hours trying to be edgy and snarky in 'Deadpool' mode but fails miserably on all counts. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
C Come to Daddy (2019) Frank Swietek The first act of 'Come to Daddy' is certainly worth a look; the second, not so much. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
C Waiting for Anya (2020) Frank Swietek There's no mistaking the good intentions behind 'Waiting for Anya'....[but] it only rarely captures the desperation of the time with the genuine power it deserves. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
B 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2020) Frank Swietek Another intriguing lineup of short films in a series that's become a worthwhile annual event. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
B 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2020) Frank Swietek Another intriguing lineup of short films in a series that's become a worthwhile annual event. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
C+ Gretel & Hansel (2020) Frank Swietek While it fails to provide real shudders, its highly developed sense of style creates a general mood of unease, and for some that will be enough. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
B- Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (2020) Frank Swietek Unabashedly a self-portrait, with all the limitations that entails; but Thomas has led a fascinating life, and Pack's film gives him free rein to reflect on it in his own way. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
C Quezon's Game (2020) Frank Swietek Unfortunately the film is not worthy of its subject, being too melodramatic and stultifyingly verbose....Good intentions cannot compensate for clumsy execution. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
C- The Rhythm Section (2020) Frank Swietek Dark and depressing... a low-rent Le Carré rip-off that's the very antithesis of a crowd-pleaser. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
C- The Turning (2020) Frank Swietek This misguided updating...reduces James's classic to a fairly typical modern haunted-house movie, with lots of pro-forma jump scares and cheap gotcha moments. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
C The Gentlemen (2020) Frank Swietek Entirely too pleased with how outrageous it's being, while in fact it's a pale imitation of Ritchie's earlier work, much less clever than it pretends to be. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
B+ Clemency (2019) Frank Swietek Though it's occasionally heavy-handed in making its points (a hint of Stanley Kramer periodically intrudes), overall it's a powerful piece of work. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
B- Color Out of Space (2019) Frank Swietek Sufficiently creepy and campy to amuse horror aficionados, if not really scare them. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
C The Sonata (2018) Frank Swietek Stylish but slow and not very scary...[the] languid execution saps it of the energy it needs to be truly unnerving. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
B Just Mercy (2019) Frank Swietek A formula that has succeeded before; it does so again here, even if one occasionally regrets a lack of subtlety in the telling. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
A- Little Women (2019) Frank Swietek A well-nigh perfect adaptation, which captures the spirit of Alcott's work with grace, affection and great good humor, while being both touching and a mite daring. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
A 1917 (2019) Frank Swietek A uniquely powerful take on the carnage of the Great War...a viscerally potent view of a conflict often relegated to the mists of history. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
B+ 63 Up (2019) Frank Swietek As a whole the 'Up' series is truly an extraordinary cinematic accomplishment...As befits the age of the principals, this installment feels more leisurely and autumnal than earlier ones, but that certainly doesn't make it any less affecting. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
B Les misérables (2019) Frank Swietek A bracing modern gloss on the themes of Hugo's oft-filmed classic. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
B+ Uncut Gems (2019) Frank Swietek A dark parable of a man driven by his demons to make self-destructive choices, likely to elicit radically divided audience reactions, though all will emerge from it feeling as if they've been put through a potent...emotional wringer. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
C- Bad Boys for Life (2020) Frank Swietek Endlessly awful, a throwback that should have been thrown away. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
D Dolittle (2020) Frank Swietek A chaotic, thoroughly charmless trashing of a once-beloved character [that] offers virtually nothing to enjoy. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
C Cats (2019) Frank Swietek Dazzlingly weird, but occasionally creepy...a phantasmagorical mongrel that fascinates even when it appalls. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
B- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Frank Swietek A thoroughly proficient if rather mechanical capstone to a series that, despite its ups and downs, captured the imagination of generations of movie-goers. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
B- Bombshell (2019) Frank Swietek Sizzles and simmers but rarely explodes in the way the title suggests...Nonetheless if one is willing to accept a sensationalist surface without much depth [it] provides an enjoyable if somewhat shallow ride. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
B+ A Hidden Life (2019) Frank Swietek If you are willing to accept the challenge posed by Malick's technique, you may find this cinematic poem on the mystery of faith a profoundly moving and illuminating experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
C- Black Christmas (2019) Frank Swietek The idea of a 'Black Christmas' as sharp and socially conscious as 'Get Out' is a great one. Too bad they've flubbed it...neither scary nor clever enough to work as either horror movie or social satire. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
C- Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Frank Swietek There's a tired, redundant feel to 'The Next Level,' but of course playing the same game repeatedly often has that effect. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
B Richard Jewell (2019) Frank Swietek Emotionally compelling, even if in making its case it engages in some troubling melodramatic choices. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
B- Safe Spaces (2019) Frank Swietek An uneven piece about 'trigger issues' in one man's professional and personal lives, but the strengths outweigh the weaknesses, if only by a slight margin. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
C Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Frank Swietek For a while the film fascinates; but it loses its way by descending into full horror-movie mode in the last half-hour. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
B I See You (2019) Frank Swietek A trick, but a pretty good one....may be a mite too clever for its own good, but you have to admire the chutzpah involved. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
C+ The Aeronauts (2019) Frank Swietek Engaging enough though a mess historically, but runs out of gas-or hot air-before a strenuously triumphant finale. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
B+ The Two Popes (2019) Frank Swietek A master class in acting that's also a cheeky exercise in historically-based speculation. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
C 21 Bridges (2019) Frank Swietek Thoroughly implausible but efficiently made, [it] mov[es] briskly enough to smooth over the plot holes and absurdities. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
C The Bygone (2019) Frank Swietek A modern western that at least tries to say something substantive, even if it muddles the message with a hokey plot. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
C Queen & Slim (2019) Frank Swietek It certainly has a powerful subject at its core, but suffers from a lack of narrative clarity and an overly dreamy, lethargic tone. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
C+ Waves (2019) Frank Swietek The film is ambitious, virtuosic and intermittently wrenching, but in the end the sense of calculation undermines its impact. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B+ Dark Waters (2019) Frank Swietek A potent, gripping account of one man's crusade to uncover-and punish-a disturbing instance of corporate greed and malfeasance. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B+ Knives Out (2019) Frank Swietek A convoluted comic whodunit in which twist is piled upon upon twist and an exceptional cast savors the chance to misdirect us every which way while we enjoy the cunningly goofy ride they take us on. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
A- Marriage Story (2019) Frank Swietek A bracing. thoughtful examination of how a couple's intention to separate as amicably as possible for the sake of the son they both love gradually turns into legal and emotional warfare. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2019
C+ Honey Boy (2019) Frank Swietek A film that pulsates with vibrancy, though perhaps not always with truth....Despite its many virtues, therefore, 'Honey Boy' merits only a mixed response. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
C A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Frank Swietek While one can appreciate the makers' desire to disclose what was special about Fred Rogers indirectly, their movie doesn't escape sanctimoniousness, even hagiography. ..it simply tries too hard to be inspiring, and in doing so proves a disappointment. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019