Compliance Reviews

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November 11, 2019
Writer-director Craig Zobel puts both his characters and his audience through 90 minutes of squirmy hell.
August 6, 2019
A complex and unnerving psychological thriller that is unmistakably the work of a promising and daring new talent.
February 13, 2019
Compliance is a tremendously incisive film; deeply intelligent and clinically compelling.
December 4, 2018
The challenging but compelling feature is at all times exasperating and thought-provoking.
September 4, 2018
It's not an easy watch, which is kind of the point, and I'm not even sure what genre it is. Psychological horror? Thriller? But it will haunt and resonate.
August 30, 2018
Fraught with thriller tropes seen through an art-house filter, with plenty of coldly beautiful establishing shots of corporate America.
May 19, 2018
It will leave you feeling traumatized and ugly and soul-sick, and so it should.
February 22, 2018
Compliance's underlying humanism and political conscience lift it beyond being a macho endurance test.
September 1, 2017
Plausibly acted, if implausibly directed by Craig Zobel (Great World Of Sound), the credulity of this provocative scenario would snap had it not actually happened more than 70 times across 30 US states.
August 11, 2017
The most disturbing aspect of Compliance is its implied complicity.
October 14, 2016
Zobel does a great job of just making you uncomfortable, making you want to just yell at the screen and tell the characters to just stop.
August 24, 2015
Dark, disturbing, confrontational stuff. Also a damn good film.
September 14, 2014
Compliance is diminutively sufficient and blandly adequate with no additional layers that elevate its small independent nature. It feels rather one note riding on the promise of a distinctive tale that never totally comes to fulfillment.
December 15, 2013
A frightening look at the power of authority and the human desire to avoid conflict.
May 26, 2013
It never loses sight of its goal to persuade us to be more aware, more questioning of our leaders and institutions, from politicians to priests to, in this case, the police.
May 22, 2013
The only film of 2012 that had me actively booing its villain - a mundane monster who doesn't need to touch his victims to scar them for life.
May 5, 2013
Compliance is a horror movie with no sudden frights, no gore, and not a single scream. It's a surveillance video, capturing us with all our blemishes; a reminder that how we see ourselves is so rarely in line with the truth
March 25, 2013
That the events in Compliance are taking place in a fast-foot restaurant is equally resonant. The junk food we see being prepared couldn't be more disgusting. Surely, you can't help but think, anyone prepared to swallow that will swallow anything.
March 25, 2013
The perfect companion piece to your copy of Fast Food Nation.
March 24, 2013
Compliance is a disturbing, exciting and instructive film about matters we should all be prepared to face.
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