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
A- 85% Waves (2019) It is a film that I won't soon forget. This portrait of a family completely surprised me, a film that bustles with so much intimacy and raw emotion. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
B- 93% Dark Waters (2019) Dark Waters, the ripped from the headlines courtroom thriller from director Todd Haynes, is an eye-opening -- albeit one-sided experience. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
B+ 96% Knives Out (2019) Johnson has crafted a wonderfully jumbled tale of family and murder that pays homage to murder mysteries and is effortlessly entertaining. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
100% Citizen K (2019) I would have liked it better if it were not so overblown... But it is a film with important information. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
C 58% Frankie (2019) For a film built around drama, there really isn't much drama to work with. It's basically just a pretty new package of. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
B- 63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) Despite its shortcomings, Spider-Man 3 still manages to do enough to get by, even if it's apparent the franchise is starting to feel rusty and in need of a serious overhaul. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
91% Michael Clayton (2007) The deeper you get into "Clayton," the more it becomes apparent that this is a masterful character study of how people react when pushed to the brink. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B 86% The Hoax (2007) The Hoax gets off to a sluggish start, but director Lasse Hallström does a good job of keeping the film interesting enough that the audience feels rewarded by the time it's over. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
29% The Heartbreak Kid (2007) Lila's character is forced to do and say things that are so crude and insensitive that I found myself feeling sorry for Akerman as an actress. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
28% The Game Plan (2007) There are moments where "The Game Plan" works, mostly involving Johnson, but for the most part, this is a forgettable film that won't even matter come October. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B- 80% 1408 (2007) 1408 really zips along and is one of the more entertaining thrillers in recent memory. But the film really starts to fall apart in the final act. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
51% The Kingdom (2007) This Peter Berg-directed film falls short in its attempt to be a ripped-from-the-headlines type drama, yet manages to salvage itself if you take it for what it is -- a standard action flick that just happens to be set in an exotic location. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
89% 3:10 to Yuma (2007) A solid, gritty drama getting the most out of its starpower. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
A 94% Away From Her (2007) Polley's direction is simple, yet assured, with a vision that allows the actors to shine. The cast is more than up to the task. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
26% Halloween (2007) Zombie's version features a fascinating opening hour, but ultimately falls apart in the second half, with too many scenes failing to live up to the high standards of the original. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B 70% Blades of Glory (2007) This isn't one of the best comedies of 2007, but it still has a lot more laughs than most of the pack, making it well worth your time. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
21% Balls of Fury (2007) We are stuck with a below average film that Walken almost single-handedly carries to mediocrity -- a feat that is appreciated, but not enough to forgive Balls of Fury for its many faults. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B- 71% Fracture (2007) Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling go at each other with so much gusto that their performances bring a lot of fun to material that is actually quite preposterous if you stop and think about it. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
88% Superbad (2007) There are enough laughs to make it worth your time. It may not be super good, but it is good enough. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
1% Daddy Day Camp (2007) Predictably unwatchable with a lazy script, lackluster direction, and bad performances. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B- 69% Disturbia (2007) Isn't going to win any prizes for originality, but the new teen thriller understands its genre quite well, providing a solid film with some tense, creepy moments delivered in a straightforward manner. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
88% The Simpsons Movie (2007) I'm not sure if this film will draw that many new fans, but the millions who can't get enough of Homer, Bart, Marge, Maggie and Lisa in first-run or syndication will surely be pleased with this latest venture. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B 60% 300 (2007) 300 isn't up to the same level as Sin City, but it is still quite entertaining. Fans of blood, gore, and comic book violence won't be disappointed. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
91% Hairspray (2007) The latest version is just as good, if not better, with an infectious soundtrack and an all-star cast that precisely hits every note. This is easily the most entertaining major studio release of 2007. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
A- 89% Zodiac (2007) Zodiac is a film that really takes its time, but does a masterful job of showing how these killings didn't just destroy the lives of the victims and their families, but how the case became a burden to almost everyone involved. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
92% Sicko (2007) For the most part, this is a more restrained Moore and the result is another solid documentary that cements Moore's status as a filmmaker capable of making an audience laugh and think at the same time. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B- 20% Factory Girl (2007) Captain Mauzner's screenplay never really gives much insight into Sedgwick as a person, leaving more questions about the person than answers. Still, Factory Girl is worth a look if only to see Miller and Pearce. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) After four magical cinematic chapters of Harry Potter, the franchise finally hits a bump in the road with Order of the Phoenix, which is full of plot detail and short of all the magic and charm that made this such a successful series. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
7% License to Wed (2007) For the most part the jokes fall flat and the result is rather bland. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
58% Transformers (2007) Transformers is the quintessential summer blockbuster -- full of nonstop action, sly humor and eye-popping special effects that easily distance it from the rest of the crowded pack of big-budget must-sees. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B+ 85% Bridge to Terabithia (2007) That rare family film that is full of confidence and intelligence, giving it the distinction of being the best film of 2007 so far in its genre. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Rise of the Silver Surfer is a step in the right direction, but that doesn't make me eager for another chapter. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
55% Mr. Brooks (2007) While Costner does his part, ultimately "Brooks" fails -- with a convoluted plot that seems more preposterous the more you think about it. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B- 44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) At World's End is nearly three hours long, so it does feel a little padded, but for the most part the film moves at a reasonable pace - even if it almost stumbles to the finish while trying to tie up all the loose ends. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
90% Knocked Up (2007) Knocked Up works thanks in large part to a strong cast and Apatow's ability to stretch a seemingly razor-thin premise into a well-developed (OK, maybe too developed) final product. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
A- 91% Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) A subdued masterpiece with a unique perspective on war. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B 41% Shrek the Third (2007) A satisfying sequel that has its charm but isn't quite up to par with its predecessors. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
A 95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) I'm not sure if "Labyrinth" is a film that will appeal to everyone, but if you are looking for a movie that will challenge as well as amaze, then this is the one to see. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
18% Georgia Rule (2007) The actors are sabotaged by Marshall and screenwriter Mark Andrus, who make the fatal decision of trying to water down its grim story with forced comedy. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B 55% The Good Shepherd (2006) Robert DeNiro hasn't gotten behind the camera much -- this is only his second directing credit -- but he displays an experienced eye willing to let his actors work. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
67% Meet the Robinsons (2007) "Robinsons" features a nice story (even if it took seven screenwriters) and a compelling visual look that makes it a cut above other animated films in 2007. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B 92% Children of Men (2006) A rare kind of film -- thought-provoking, but full of intense action scenes. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
64% Reign Over Me (2007) Binder does an excellent job of creating interesting characters with compelling stories and sprinkles in some humorous moments. The characters are given life by a talented cast. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B 77% Rocky Balboa (2006) Stallone and his character are well past their primes, but instead of making the film totally preposterous, the film embraces that fact and uses it to create a movie that really captures the spirit of the first two films. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
19% I Think I Love My Wife (2007) Rock tries to add some humorous moments, but most come off as either crass and crude or just plain weird. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
14% Wild Hogs (2007) A sad, pathetic attempt at humor -- with a slew of talented names wasted in a premise that should never have gotten the green light. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
8% The Number 23 (2007) Takes a decent premise and turns it into utter trash. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B- 21% The Last Sin Eater (2007) This adaptation of a Francise Rivers' novel feels a little heavy-handed at times, but works, largely do to an outstanding performance by 11-year-old Liana Liberato. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
4% Because I Said So (2007) I really wanted to like Because I Said So, but ultimately I just felt pity for it. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2% Epic Movie (2007) Epic Movie does improve on Date Movie, but that's like saying a broken arm is better than a broken leg. Both breaks are pretty painful. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019