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 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) The sum of the parts never quite add up. This is a film that is competently made and has some interesting work from Close, but it's a bit inconsistent and never quite sure what it wants to say. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
C 69% The Croods: A New Age (2020) A family film that feels more like it is going through the motions, basically giving fans of the original more of the same. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
C 27% Vanguard (2020) Vanguard is never dull, it's just really not that good. Chan and his fans deserved better. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
B- 70% The Last Vermeer (2020) This is some of the best work of Pearce's career, giving the audience a reason to become invested in the Dutch artist's plight -- and ultimately a reason to become engaged with The Last Vermeer. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
A- 90% The Climb (2020) This is a smart examination of toxic friendships that is full of charm, some laugh out loud moments and an over sense of confident filmmaking that is rather refreshing. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
B 67% Ammonite (2020) Winslet and Ronan are so good that they make the familiar feel fresh and new -- giving Ammonite the spark it needs to satisfy audiences. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
B+ 79% Let Him Go (2020) Manville has always been an actress capable of any challenge, but I think this may be some of her best work yet -- with a performance that is as terrifying as any in recent memory. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
B+ 86% On The Rocks (2020) While this reunion doesn't quite reach the lofty heights of Murray and Coppola's previous collaboration, Lost in Translation, it is still an enjoyable experience with Coppola once again showing Murray's immense talents. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
B- 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Borat may be the name on the marquee, but it is Bakalova as his daughter who is the real star of "Moviefilm" -- providing the spark that lifts this from potential disappointment. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
C- 19% 2 Hearts (2020) 2 Hearts has its heart in the right place. It's too bad it's a film that relies way too much on clichés and tropes, ultimately asking the audience to suspend disbelief in ways that are physically impossible. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
A- 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a master class in writing and acting. Writer/director Aaron Sorkin has crafted a compelling courtroom drama with a talented cast that could well be the best ensemble we will see in a film this year. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
C+ 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) If "Grandpa" could have delivered more low key moments and less juvenile slapstick I think it could have been a pleasant surprise. As it is, it's a film that children will likely enjoy - but parents will quickly lose patience with. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
C 63% The Last Shift (2020) It slowly devolves into something that resembles a failed sitcom pilot, with plot threads that are never fully developed and one thread late in the film that is so out of place it completely changes the tone of everything that proceeded it. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
B- 58% Infidel (2020) [Claudia] Karvan brings Liz's desperation and determination to the screen quite well. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
B 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) The Broken Hearts Gallery doesn't break any new ground in the genre, but what it lacks in originality it more than makes up for in charm. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
B 67% Rent-A-Pal (2020) Writer/director Jon Stevenson has crafted an effective and creepy psychological horror -- a film that understands how to blur the lines of reality and create a tone that leaves the audience anxious to see what will happen next. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
B 62% Blackbird (2020) Blackbird is the kind of film that in the wrong hands could have gone horribly wrong... Fortunately, it works thanks to a strong cast - headlined by Susan Sarandon's best work in recent memory. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
B 71% Tenet (2020) Nolan's homage to the spy genre is a globetrotting epic that features some well-crafted action sequences that help gloss over a plot that sometimes gets a little convoluted for its own good. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
B 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) The team responsible for In the Loop and The Death of Stalin has crafted another smart and engaging comedy that gets the most out of a fantastic cast. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
B 67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) Jagger's presence alone is enough to recommend [The Burnt Orange Heresy], but fortunately this is a solid heist film that has plenty of tricks up its proverbial sleeve. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
B- 72% Cut Throat City (2020) Cut Throat City checks off all the boxes you would expect in a heist film, but does it in a way that feels fresh and exciting. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
D+ 60% Tesla (2020) Writer/director Michael Almereyda has crafted a modern spin on the enigmatic inventor that feels gimmicky and a bit pretentious. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
C 89% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) This feels like something that would have played better in a book than a feature film, creating some awkward shifts in tone that undermine what "Bathroom Walls" is trying to say. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
C 48% Unhinged (2020) Despite a totally committed performance, in more ways than one, from Russell Crowe, this is essentially a B-movie that really doesn't have much to offer outside of Crowe's gonzo work. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
B- 89% Sputnik (2020) Sputnik works because there is enough here to appreciate the craft of what the filmmaker is doing here. This is a movie that wants to linger in your mind long after it's over. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
B 49% Made in Italy (2020) It's a chance for Neeson to show his softer side, with Richardson holding his own with his dad in a film that offers a bit of melancholy drama between the rather charming light-hearted moments. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
B- 69% Babysplitters (2020) Babysplitters is the kind of movie that could have gone horribly wrong, a comedy about parenthood with a rather strange setup. Yet writer/director Sam Friedlander makes this work with help from a solid cast. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
C+ 75% The Rental (2020) All of the good will from the acting and directing can't overcome a script that feels more like a rough draft than a complete work. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
A- 94% Palm Springs (2020) Samberg's goofy charm is perfect for Nyles, but Milioti is just as charming. They create such wonderful chemistry that you can't help but be emotionally invested in their journey. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
B 91% Relic (2020) James' style and slow build may not be for everyone, but fans of horror films -- specifically haunted house movies -- will be rewarded for their patience. Relic may borrow from other films, but it creates something truly original and impressive. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
B 81% The Old Guard (2020) The Old Guard proves to be a fresh spin on the genre -- with Charlize Theron leading the way and Love and Basketball director Gina Prince-Bythewood showing a keen eye with some well-staged action sequences. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
B- 47% My Spy (2020) This family comedy featuring former WWE superstar Dave Bautista is the perfect bit of summer escapism -- light and breezy fun that exceeded my rather low expectations. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
C 40% Irresistible (2020) It's as if Stewart has something to say but doesn't want to rock the boat, electing to make something safe and down the middle that winds up being mediocre and forgettable. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
D+ 40% You Should Have Left (2020) Sure some of it is visually appealing, but it comes off as a low rent attempt to recreate the isolation of The Shining. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
F 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Branagh is saddled with a script that is so convoluted that most of the dialogue consists of explaining to the audience what they have just seen on the screen. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
A 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Lindo's performance alone makes Da 5 Bloods well worth your time, but fortunately the film offers so much more. It offers us a chance to see Lee at the top of his craft, creating 2020's first true Oscar contender. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
A- 74% The King of Staten Island (2020) What Apatow has really done here, though, is used Davidson's own experiences to create something fresh and original. It's funny and poignant with some of the best writing of any film in 2020 to date. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
36% Under the Cherry Moon (1986) Something that is both beautiful (Michael Ballhaus' cinematography is exquisite) and bizarre -- a screwball comedy where Prince and Benton gleefully ham it up for the camera. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
B- 70% The High Note (2020) The High Note works because of Johnson and Ross... Like the rest of the cast, they are just likable, providing the audience with a film that doesn't try to be anything more than light entertainment, and hits that mark quite effectively. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
C 65% The Lovebirds (2020) Nanjiani and Rae work well together, trading barbs throughout the whole ordeal, but they are given material that doesn't match their ability. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
B 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) Their stories are engaging as Wolf interweaves the footage with interviews with the crew, creating a film that allows them to set the record straight. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
B- 63% Hope Gap (2020) When Hope Gap finds its footing it really takes flight, allowing this talented cast to create something that is honest and raw. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
A- 94% Bad Education (2019) It's a tricky balance that Jackman navigates flawlessly, making Bad Education the kind of film you have to see to believe. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
B- 67% Extraction (2020) Working with a script from a familiar name in the Marvel Comics Universe, Hemsworth gets to channel his inner John Wick in this solid action flick. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
C 71% Trolls World Tour (2020) If World Tour could have found a little more consistency in its creativity it could have been a pleasant surprise. As it is, it is merely an adequate way to pass time in a time when every day tends to blend together. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A film that is genre-defying and free of the restraints of conventional storytelling. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
D 20% Coffee & Kareem (2020) There is a lot of talent available in the new Netflix comedy Coffee and Kareem. Unfortunately that talent is saddled in a screenplay that feels like it has been sitting on a shelf for about 30 years - and has not aged gracefully at all. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
C- 37% Spenser Confidential (2020) A rather tepid action/comedy that can't find the right mix of violence and laughs. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
A- 91% The Invisible Man (2020) More than just your standard monster movie. This time the monster is real, and he's absolutely terrifying. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
C 38% Wendy (2020) Wendy lacks the same magic as its predecessor, a film that feels like Zeitlin is trying to catch lightning in a bottle again. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020