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 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- 80% 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
C+ 58% Taken (2009) The audience is stuck with a film that is way nicer than it should be. Sure it makes the subject matter easier to take, but in the long run it really limits the film's overall effectiveness - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
A 98% The Wrestler (2008) It's unfathomable to imagine The Wrestler without Rourke... It's one of those rare cinematic experiences where an actor and a role come together in perfect harmony. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
40% He's Just Not That Into You (2009) Then there are moments that are quite smart, most involving Goodwin, that help elevate the material slightly. I'm not sure the good easily outweighs the bad, but it's close enough that I eventually gave in and found myself having a good time. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
D+ 27% Madea Goes to Jail (2009) Until Perry decides one way or another what tone he is going to approach with his projects, the results will continue to be frustrating. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
B 64% Watchmen (2009) For the most part, Watchmen is an engrossing and very adult entry into the comic book genre. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C 42% Race to Witch Mountain (2009) Johnson does all he can to carry the film, but ultimately "Race" is stuck in neutral -- spinning its wheels with one mind-numbing sequence after another. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 65% Duplicity (2009) Paired with Clive Owen and working with the creator of Michael Clayton -- Tony Gilroy -- Roberts shines in this complex and intelligent thriller. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 73% Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) A visual delight, full of memorable characters that will appease both young and old. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
A- 88% Adventureland (2009) The film is a pleasant surprise -- smart, funny and tender. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C- 43% Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) I really think Hannah Montana had some slight potential to be more than just a lovefest for its fans. Unfortunately, that isn't the case. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 84% State of Play (2009) A smart and intriguing thriller that features a quality cast and some nice dramatic moments. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
D 19% Obsessed (2009) Directed by Steve Shill, "Obsessed" skates over a lot of familiar territory - in a painfully slow-paced manner. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 94% Star Trek (2009) A fun film with wall-to-wall action, some great special effects, and a group of actors who are more than ready to live up to the lofty heights of the original cast. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) As lifeless as its cyborg villains. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 45% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) This followup to the 2006 smash takes all the elements that worked in that film and adds some new layers that makes this even more charming and family friendly. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) Raimi, the man behind the Evil Dead movies, has always had a twisted eye when it comes to horror. Thankfully, he brings that approach to this project - creating a film that features as many laughs as it does scary moment. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
A 98% Up (2009) A delightful and touching experience that isn't just one of the best films from the studio -- it's the best film to date in 2009. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 78% The Hangover (2009) Here's a comedy that understands how to be raunchy and smart -- and isn't afraid to get a laugh at any expense. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
D+ 44% The Proposal (2009) More like a blind date from hell than a feel-good romantic comedy. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
D 15% Year One (2009) Unfortunately, all the talent doesn't translate on the screen. Sure, there are a few mildly amusing moments (most coming courtesy of Cera), but for the most part Year One was one big dud. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B- 19% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) Despite being overloaded with a boatload of problems, this follow-up to the 2007 hit manages to work for one simple reason - it gives fans of the original exactly what they want to see, plenty of explosions and action. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 68% Public Enemies (2009) Mann has shown an ability to create an interesting crime drama. He doesn't fail here, capturing the era to perfection, but there is an almost distant feel to the material that makes the film more cold and calculated than one might expect. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B- 46% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) "Dinosaurs" really doesn't break much ground when it comes to animation or storytelling, but I found this installment much easier to take than the previous two. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B- 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) While the sixth chapter in the popular series from writer J.K. Rowling has some similar problems to its predecessor, it manages to inject some much needed magic and charm back into the franchise. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B- 67% Bruno (2009) Cohen displayed enough subtlety with Borat, but he is so over the top as Bruno, you can't help to wonder how many of the bits in this film where staged. That being said, there are some moments of comic genius. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 55% Orphan (2009) A creepy, yet fun, alternative to a testosterone-filled summer, a small but effective little thriller that features some strong performances and a neat little twist that makes it a cut above most horror films. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
A- 69% Funny People (2009) Here's a film full of rich characters who are interesting, funny and believable. It's handled with great care by Apatow and the result is his best film to date. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
D- 34% G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) Tatum and Miller are dreadfully bad. Wayans feels like he came in from the set of another movie and Dennis Quaid, as the G.I. Joe commander, looks about as disinterested with the whole affair as I was by the time the film ended. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C+ 90% District 9 (2009) Copley is never a believable protagonist, and his transformation isn't very believable. About the only interesting cast members are the CGI aliens. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
A 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) An edge-of-your-seat thriller that also manages to have a heart and soul. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
A 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) A highly ambitious and highly entertaining effort that takes the war drama and crushes it to pieces -- reassembling a masterpiece that reinvents the familiar genre. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C 20% H2: Halloween II (2009) It's as if Zombie has tried to make the first arthouse slasher flick, keeping the film interesting - but ultimately not able to hide the fact that... it can't compare to its predecessor. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
D+ 28% The Final Destination (2009) At 82 minutes, the deaths are almost herded onto the screen like a flock of sheep, making the end result mind-numbing. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C 61% I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009) I've never been a fan of Perry's Madea. I will concede this is probably the best use of the character, but the comic relief still takes away from some potentially powerful dramatic moments. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 80% The Informant! (2009) Powered by a fantastic performance from Matt Damon, the new Steven Soderbergh-directed film is an intriguing movie that slowly unfolds to reveal a rather powerful final punch. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C- 24% Fame (2009) Four years of school are covered in a brisk 107 minutes, the characters aren't completely developed, and none of the actors [are] given much to work with - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
16% The Hustle (2019) Proves to be the worst kind of remake. Sure it's fun to revisit an underrated comedy, but really what is the point? Sadly, this film has no answer to that question. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 84% Whip It (2009) The directorial debut of Drew Barrymore is a light and entertaining slice of girl power with another strong performance from Ellen Page. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
90% Zombieland (2009) A rather mindless bit of fun with a strong cast milking every ounce of entertainment out of a pretty clever premise. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
73% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Here's a film that manages to stay true to its roots, while expanding it into new depths that will surely please all the book's fans. - Bowling Green Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019