Bowling Green Daily News

Bowling Green Daily News is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Micheal Compton
Rating Title/Year Author
C+ Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Micheal Compton While Sonic has some mildly amusing moments -- and a nice supporting showcase for Jim Carrey -- it's ultimately a forgettable excursion. Yes, it knows its target audience, but there really isn't much here to generate broad appeal. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
C The Photograph (2020) Micheal Compton Writer/director Stella Meghie has crafted a gorgeous looking film with two strong leads and a hypnotic score, but it all gets undermined by a story that relies way too much on contrived plot devices and romantic cliches. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
B- Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Micheal Compton This spinoff is definitely an improvement on its predecessor -- a film that opens the door to a lot of fun possibilities for Harley Quinn and her new partners in crime. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
C- The Song of Names (2019) Micheal Compton "Names" never really clicks the way it should -- resulting in a film that is a well-intentioned misfire. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
B- The Gentlemen (2020) Micheal Compton I'm not sure if The Gentlemen will win over anyone not already a fan of Ritchie's gangster work, but for those who are -- there is more than enough here to leave the theater satisfied. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
F Dolittle (2020) Micheal Compton This is a lifeless family film that never finds the right tone, which results in a film too serious for its own good and too dull to even be so bad that it's good. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
C Like a Boss (2020) Micheal Compton Despite a very talented cast and a director with a solid track record in the comedy genre, "Boss" can't overcome a wobbly screenplay. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
A- 1917 (2019) Micheal Compton It may feel like a gimmick reserved for video games, but in the hands of Mendes and a talented crew -- including cinematographer Roger Deakins -- this is an emotionally draining and compelling experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
B Uncut Gems (2019) Micheal Compton This is the Sandler I wish we would see more of, an actor willing to go outside his comfort zone and take chances. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
B Little Women (2019) Micheal Compton It is still a solid - and ultimately entertaining - new spin on the beloved tale. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
D+ Black Christmas (2019) Micheal Compton It all adds up to a film that wants to shatter the slasher genre with a feminist spin, only to be more conventional the harder it tries to be different. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
A- Bombshell (2019) Micheal Compton Theron's performance alone makes Bombshell worth seeing, but it's the message of standing up to sexual harassment that takes this film to another level. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
B- Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Micheal Compton It's a rare sequel that manages to raise the stakes on a franchise and send it soaring to the next level. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
B Marriage Story (2019) Micheal Compton It may not always hit the mark, but Baumbach -- and the talented cast -- finds enough dramatic punch to leave an impact with a film that isn't always easy to watch but is certainly worth your time. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
A- Waves (2019) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
B- Dark Waters (2019) Micheal Compton Dark Waters, the ripped from the headlines courtroom thriller from director Todd Haynes, is an eye-opening -- albeit one-sided experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
B+ Knives Out (2019) Micheal Compton Johnson has crafted a wonderfully jumbled tale of family and murder that pays homage to murder mysteries and is effortlessly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Citizen K (2019) Micheal Compton I would have liked it better if it were not so overblown... But it is a film with important information. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
C Frankie (2019) Micheal Compton For a film built around drama, there really isn't much drama to work with. It's basically just a pretty new package of. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
B- Spider-Man 3 (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Michael Clayton (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
B The Hoax (2006) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Heartbreak Kid (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Game Plan (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
B- 1408 (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Kingdom (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3:10 to Yuma (2007) Micheal Compton A solid, gritty drama getting the most out of its starpower. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
A Away From Her (2006) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Halloween (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
B Blades of Glory (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Balls of Fury (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
B- Fracture (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Superbad (2007) Micheal Compton There are enough laughs to make it worth your time. It may not be super good, but it is good enough. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Daddy Day Camp (2007) Micheal Compton Predictably unwatchable with a lazy script, lackluster direction, and bad performances. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
B- Disturbia (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Simpsons Movie (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
B 300 (2006) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Hairspray (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
A- Zodiac (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Sicko (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
B- Factory Girl (2006) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
License to Wed (2007) Micheal Compton For the most part the jokes fall flat and the result is rather bland. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Transformers (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
B+ Bridge to Terabithia (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Micheal Compton Rise of the Silver Surfer is a step in the right direction, but that doesn't make me eager for another chapter. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Mr. Brooks (2007) Micheal Compton While Costner does his part, ultimately "Brooks" fails -- with a convoluted plot that seems more preposterous the more you think about it. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
B- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Knocked Up (2007) Micheal Compton 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
A- Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) Micheal Compton A subdued masterpiece with a unique perspective on war. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019