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Based on 32 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Craig Zobel's potent and provocative Compliance is torture to sit through. It's also indispensable filmmaking. How is that possible? Check it out. show more

  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    Some films are harder to watch than others - not because they're bad, which makes for a different sort of painful viewing, but because they touch on areas of such profound moral discomfort that the mere act of watching makes us feel complicit. We feel like gutless witnesses to a crime. And that's what makes Compliance such a hard thing to stomach. show more

  • NA
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This nasty little bottom-feeder of a film is too condescending to be trusted, too manipulative to be believed, too turgid to be enjoyed, too shameless to be endured and, before and after everything else, too inept to make its misanthropic case. show more

  • 88
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    A taut, understated minimalist masterwork. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Director Craig Zobel's indie, based on real cases, has a sharp psychological point and a can't-look-away quality even as it turns horrifically dark. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Likely to spur discussions about workplace safety, employee rights and broader awareness of sexual predation, Compliance is also a suspenseful psychological drama for viewers prepared to tolerate its extremes. show more

  • 100
    New York Post

    The actors in Compliance perform with thorough and chilling sincerity. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The truth can indeed be stranger than fiction and, in this case, were the story to have originated in the imagination of the screenwriter, it could rightfully be criticized as artificial and contrived. But, disturbing and unlikely as it may be, this stuff actually happened, and pretty much as Craig Zobel relates it. show more

  • 88
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Zobel's unsparing approach is justified. This film should be hard to watch - and it is. But it's also hard to forget. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a well-made film, with plausible performances by all the leads, especially Ann Dowd. show more

  • January 31, 2013 al00000000137516
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    Poorly acted,and unbelievable. Even after going into this knowing it is a true story.

  • January 09, 2013 yw00000000134469
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    This is one of the worst movies ever its slow boring and as much as I appreciate the realism of the story it was a terrible movie. it is listed as a horror/thriller it was neither and nearly put me to sleep. everything in this movie could be done in a 10 minute fast food training video and should have never been made into a full length film. the supposed policeman was revealed much too early to be a fraud to the audience it took away the little suspense there may have been creating a long drug out movie that was a complete and total waste of my time. It is only getting 1 star because it won\'t allow me to rate a 0 star. I recomend that noone watches this movie if there\'s grass growing or paint drying I would recommmend you watch that instead it will be a much better; much more interesting use of your time.

  • August 14, 2012 micheal lomaxx
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    This movie is based on a situation that happened in my town of Lousiville KY some years back at a McDonalds. Some idiot low level manager was taking orders from a guy over the phone claiming to be a police officer and strip searched one of her employees and both the manager and the employee was dumb enough to follow along. I guess that\'s why orders get messed food places aren\'t known for hiring the smartest people.

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