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
B 72% Climax (2019) Noe may be an acquired taste, but if you are going to start somewhere "Climax" is the perfect introduction. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B 79% Captain Marvel (2019) A fun throwback with some nice work from Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as a great way to get audiences jazzed up for next month's big Avenger finale. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
D 13% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) It's as if Perry the filmmaker doesn't know how to showcase his iconic character, consistently sticking her in material that feels more like a rejected TV pilot than a feature-length film. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
B- 54% Greta (2019) Greta is a character-driven slow burn, with Jordan allowing his actresses to do the heavy lifting to set up the calm before the storm. And what a storm it is. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
B 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Al-Rafeea is the driving force of this movie... He makes the struggles seem real -- a mere child asked to do things that even adults shouldn't be asked to do. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B 67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) That rare sequel that surpasses the original -- a fun, genre-bending excursion that takes the franchise in a different direction that is more enjoyable than the first one. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B+ 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The return to the original Lego world is a joyful reunion that may not have quite the same charm as the original, but it is still pretty awesome. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
A- 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) What makes the film really tick is the two leads - with Kot and Kulig's on screen chemistry feeling almost effortless. The two actors really make you care about the characters and their plights -- furthering the intimate feel of the material. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) The Oscar-winning performers are at the top of their games in a film that is bogged down by a clunky structure that detracts more than it helps. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B- 78% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) When Wolf of Wall Street focuses on Belfort's business and stays in the workplace, it is at its best, taking viewers on an exhilarating ride... But, oddly, the biggest problem with this film about excess and over indulgence is that it feels too excessive. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B+ 90% Nebraska (2013) Squibb's performance is the perfect way to sum up the film: This movie could easily have been overly sentimental, but instead has a refreshing amount of honesty that makes it memorable. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
A- 92% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) The film is full of the typical Coen wit and style, and also features a brilliant soundtrack and strong work from Isaac. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B+ 94% Her (2013) A bizarre little concoction that proves to be rather sweet and charming. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B 76% Lone Survivor (2014) It's hard to watch at times, but you can't deny the emotional impact. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
C- 18% Ride Along (2014) This is a painfully predictable action comedy that wastes the talents of everyone involved. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) A solid biopic that is elevated to another level thanks to strong work from McConaughey and Jared Leto. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
5% I, Frankenstein (2014) It's a tired piece of action/fantasy that could have easily slapped "Underworld 5" on the title card, and no one would have noticed. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
C- 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) Writer/director Tom Gormican's script is littered with observations that are supposed to supply the actors with smart one-liners, but most of the material doesn't have the zip it seeks. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B+ 95% The LEGO Movie (2014) It's an animated treat that will please all... A movie that expands on the world of the popular toy, creating a universe full of imagination and surprise. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B- 69% About Last Night (2014) It gets by because it understands the one rule of romantic comedies -- it understands that if the audience likes the characters, there is a good chance they will like the movie. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
C 49% RoboCop (2014) The problem is the film never seems like it has a point or purpose... Kinnaman doesn't help either. He's a rather bland lead whose performance is robotic even before he dons the armored suit. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
16% Endless Love (2014) The antiquated remake of "Endless Love" is enough to end relationships. A re-imagining of the 1981 Brooke Shields vehicle, which was pretty bad on its own accord, is a painfully endless stream of romance clichés with few redeeming qualities. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
60% Non-Stop (2014) It's a fun bit of escapism, as long as you don't think about it afterwards. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B 44% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) It's a film that sacrifices style for substance, but man, that substance is a lot of fun. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
23% Need For Speed (2014) A major bore. This big-budget action film with franchise aspirations that should be parked in the garage permanently. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
C 80% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) This follow-up to the delightful 2011 reboot is only a shadow of that film, with some mild fun but never the same manic energy that made the previous film such a joy. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
42% Divergent (2014) While I can't recommend "Divergent" to anyone not already fans of the novels, I will say I'm interested in where this series goes. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B 66% Bad Words (2014) "Bad Words" isn't afraid to cross the line of political correctness, an R-rated comedy that features plenty of laughs but also has gags that are rather uncomfortable to watch (but effective as well). - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
76% Noah (2014) A cinematic enigma -- both maddening and magnificent... "Noah" requires a leap of faith, but if you are willing to take a chance it is a film that will challenge and impress. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
A- 91% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) It all seems kind of silly and trivial, but under Anderson's screenplay -- inspired by the works of Stefan Zweig -- it's tied together with a bit of a melancholy sweetness that gives it some unexpected heart. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B+ 90% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Comic book fans will love this movie, but it works as a standalone film as well. It's actually a pretty entertaining political espionage thriller. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
49% Heaven Is for Real (2014) Presents some compelling theological arguments with a first-rate cast and, for the most part, good direction. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
25% The Other Woman (2014) The potential peeks out every once in a while, teasing the audience that things are about to get better. But those moments quickly fade as "The Other Woman" seems more content to sticking with a safe formula. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B 52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) The fifth web slinger film since 2002 (the second in this reboot) is overstuffed with plot threads flying everywhere, but there is just enough there to keep the series alive. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B 72% Neighbors (2014) It's crass, crude and unapologetically vulgar. It's also pretty funny. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
C+ 64% Million Dollar Arm (2014) It's just hard to root for [Jon Hamm's character], which in turn makes it hard to root for "Million Dollar Arm." - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
75% Godzilla (2014) A slow-building summer blockbuster that rewards a patient audience with some fantastic visual sequences in the final third. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) It's fun to see how Simon Kinberg's screenplay pokes at history, especially prominent presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, creating an alternate timeline that you would never see on the History Channel. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
C 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) This is like watching a mediocre episode of "Family Guy" that is four times longer and much cruder. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B 87% Chef (2014) Don't see Chef on an empty stomach. This is a film where the food is front and center (and it all looks great). - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
54% Maleficent (2014) This version of "Sleeping Beauty" is a snoozer, a plodding and predictable film that never recovers after a dreadful prologue. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) A full octane bit of escapism that proves to be a pretty good time at the movies. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
A- 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) The talented cast and crew enhance what is already some pretty good material, making "Fault" a teenage tearjerker that doesn't fall into a typical Hollywood weeper formula. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
84% 22 Jump Street (2014) Proving that sometimes a second helping is nearly as satisfying as the first, "22 Jump Street" doesn't stray far from the formula that made "21 Jump Street" a success -- and takes pride in providing more of the same. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
84% Belle (2014) Director Amma Asante has crafted a film that is part Jane Austen and part historical drama, with one element more interesting than the other. Mbatha-Raw carries the film well. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
24% Tammy (2014) A comedy with intriguing elements around the edges, but ultimately falls flat because of its overbearing lead performance from McCarthy... The schtick grows old fast here. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
29% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) Director Scott Derrickson... gets the mood right and builds some suspense. Unfortunately, it leads to a rather pedestrian finish that feels like reheated leftovers from much better films. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B+ 82% Begin Again (2014) They have good chemistry, and you really come to like the characters. Knightley shows that she's a decent singer too. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Engulfs you in its world from the opening frame, seamlessly using CGI to create one of the most impressive visual experiences of recent memory. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
D+ 17% Sex Tape (2014) Diaz and Segel are genuinely funny people, who had good chemistry in "Bad Teacher." That chemistry isn't the same here, with the actors saddled in a ridiculous plot that is never as clever as it thinks it is. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019