Micheal Compton

Micheal Compton
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I have been the local film critic for the Park City Bowling Green Daily News since 2002. I publish weekly in the newspaper, but also do online reviews for films that open in the Nashville (Tenn.) market when applicable. I also have two weekly local radio spots to discuss films and I have covered the Nashville Film Festival for the last three years.
Publications: Bowling Green Daily News

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C 58% W. (2008) The film lacks the sizzle of its subject -- Stone delivers a rather bland, middle-of-the-road bio pic. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
D+ 64% High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) It's as if these characters came from another planet -- arriving on a spaceship disguised as one of the cleanest and friendliest schools in existence. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
D 13% Saw V (2008) I will say this for Saw V, this film is less concerned with gore and more concerned with story than any of its predecessors. Unfortunately, the story is just a series of convoluted flashbacks designed to rework the happenings of the previous four films. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
No Score Yet What's Eating Ralphie May (2019) Rhinehart handled the material with the respect it deserves, and [May's widow] Turner allowed the director to show everything. It was a brave decision that really shows on the screen. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
No Score Yet Chuck Berry (2018) This is an insightful retrospect into Berry's career and his influence on music of all genres as well as the advancement of integration not just in the music world, but beyond. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
100% Changing the Game (2019) Each story isn't just a compelling case for these three teenagers to compete in the sport they love; it's a chance for audiences to see the struggles not just for these kids, but their parents and loved ones. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
B 68% Joker (2019) As the title character, Phoenix is an unnerving ticking time bomb that slowly erupts on screen -- building to a explosive crescendo in the excellent final act. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
B+ 89% Aquarela (2019) It's an incredible film to watch unfold, with Kossakovsky's crew capturing some fascinating imagery that is absolutely breathtaking. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
B 83% Judy (2019) Judy is a film with plenty of warts but a spectacular performance that will have fans of Garland in awe. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
D 26% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) This installment of "Rambo" is an unintentionally humorous pile of brutality that feels like it was cobbled together just as an excuse for Stallone to play the John Rambo character again. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
B 82% Official Secrets (2019) Director Gavin Hood has crafted another film that features strong performances and some compelling moral dilemmas. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
D+ 24% The Goldfinch (2019) I have not read the novel, but I would imagine it's difficult to condense a book that is more than 900 pages down to a feature-length film. You can see that struggle throughout. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B 88% Hustlers (2019) It's Jennifer Lopez's world and we are all just living in it. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B- 63% It Chapter Two (2019) A film that ends with a whimper more than a bang. Fortunately, there is enough here for fans of the previous film and the book to appreciate. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
C- 50% Bennett's War (2019) It's a well-intentioned but ultimately cliché-ridden family drama that can never rise above its rather mediocre material. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
C 43% After the Wedding (2019) Quinn and Williams almost make "Wedding" worth seeing, but it's not enough to save a film that feels more like a second rate soap opera than a quality family drama. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
B+ 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Here is a musician that shows no signs of slowing down, remaining as fascinating as he has ever been. "Remember My Name" serves as the perfect showcase for that talent. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
B+ 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) A sweet story of friendship that has an old school southern charm about it. "Falcon" is easy to watch and really easy to like. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
B- 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) "Angel" is about as predictable as it comes, with even the surprises rather unsurprising. But the action sequences are so well staged and Butler sells his character so well I found myself invested. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
B 79% Good Boys (2019) While Good Boys may not reach the same level as Superbad, it still finds a nice balance between raunch and sweetness that makes it well worth your time. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
C- 22% The Kitchen (2019) While the cast works really hard, The Kitchen never quite clicks because Berloff's script is a mess -- poorly paced and all over the map. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
A 99% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell finds the laughs between the tears, with the tone never forced. It's a film that has stayed with me long after I left the theater. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Way more fun that it has any business being. This quintessential summer popcorn film is a high-octane, nonstop roller-coaster ride full of preposterous stunts and clever one-liners. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
A- 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino manages to make the contrasting plot threads work in a mostly entertaining, star-studded extravaganza anchored by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
B- 53% The Lion King (2019) This "Lion King" proves something can work and still be slightly underwhelming and unsatisfying. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
B+ 98% Maiden (2019) It's an edge of your seat sports film, but also an empowering piece of cinema that is a complete joy to watch. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
C 42% Stuber (2019) Starts out as an examination of the buddy comedy genre, teasing something a little bit deeper and self-aware, only to fall into every single trope that we've seen in the genre a million times. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B- 60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) Sure you've seen a lot of this before, but Arcand and the cast manage to give it a fresh and interesting spin. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
B 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Far From Home exceeds quite well -- raising the stakes from the previous chapter, while also capturing a lot of the charm that made Homecoming so much fun. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
B 83% Midsommar (2019) Aster's follow-up is another daring entry into the horror genre -- a film that disturbs its audience and will stay with you long after you leave the theater. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
B 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Compared to the other family offerings this summer, it is easily at the top of the pack. But when you compare it to the three films before it, this Toy Story isn't quite as wonderful as you might expect or hope it would be. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
B- 55% Step Brothers (2008) Step Brothers obviously isn't the most complex screenplay ever written, but Ferrell, McKay and Reilly (who all co-wrote the film) manage to milk plenty of comedy out of essentially a one-joke movie. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
F 32% Shaft (2019) This Shaft is a dreadfully tone-deaf and outdated pile of misogyny that wastes the talents of a lot of people. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
B 79% Late Night (2019) Thompson's work is enough to recommend Late Night, but thankfully Kaling has given the script plenty of other morsels for fans of adult comedies to feast on. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
C- 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Despite an absolutely loaded cast and a promising premise, writer-director Jim Jarmusch zombie comedy never finds its footing -- struggling with a tone that is too meta for its own good. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B- 71% All Is True (2019) Sometimes the melodrama is a little much -- even by Shakespeare's standards -- but fortunately Branagh is smart behind the camera. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
C 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) An unnecessary sequel that might be enough to satisfy fans, but it lacks the stuff to make it as charming as the original. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
C+ 57% Aladdin (2019) A film that doesn't really bring anything new to the source material. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
B 66% The White Crow (2019) Fiennes manages to keep "Crow" from coming off the rails thanks to some beautiful cinematography and nice work from Ivenko. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
A 97% Booksmart (2019) It's John Hughes meets Superbad meets Dazed and Confused -- a smart and funny experience that's one of my favorite films of 2019. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B 65% Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) I will concede that once Zack and Miri starts to get soft and gooey, the edge and the filth loses a little steam. Still, I can't think of a recent comedy that has made me laugh as much. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
B 64% Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) The four leads are all very good in their respective roles, especially Stiller and Rock, but it is the supporting characters that really make Madagascar a cut above most family fare. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
B 89% Bolt (2008) Sharp and witty, with something for audiences of all ages. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
D 55% Australia (2008) Look, I realize this subject is a labor of love for Luhrmann, but the real pain comes from watching the final product -- not making it. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
29% Punisher: War Zone (2008) The latest big screen incarnation of the popular Marvel Comics series is an overly violent snoozefest that lacks any humor or any other redeemable quality. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
53% Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) It was refreshing to see a largely Latino cast create realistic, intriguing characters without resorting to typical Hollywood stereotypes. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
A- 81% Gran Torino (2009) It is rumored this could be the 78-year-old's final film performance. If that is the case, Eastwood goes out on top - creating one of his most memorable characters in his rather impressive acting resume. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
D 10% Bride Wars (2009) The attempt is supposed to be some kind of satirical look at the frenzied fascination with the ultimate wedding, but the execution resembles a low-grade TV sitcom that gets canceled after one episode. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
A 91% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) From the opening shot to the nod to Bollywood in the final credits, this is a film that filled me with sheer joy - more so than any other 2008 release. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
93% Milk (2008) The film has a talented cast, some sharp direction and a story that is as relevant today as it was when it unfolded in the late '70s. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019