Compliance Reviews

November 11, 2019
Writer-director Craig Zobel puts both his characters and his audience through 90 minutes of squirmy hell.
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.
March 22, 2013
Well as the film is performed, particularly by Dowd as the manager attempting to make order out of chaos, you can scarcely credit what happens.
March 21, 2013
Needs more than its "based on a true story" disclaimer to short-circuit our sceptical instinct.
February 20, 2013
The film ultimately feels exploitative, especially in its schematic selectiveness about what to show or not.
January 12, 2013
The implications are frightening and the premise fascinating as we are able to see how something like this can spiral out of control. Yet Zobel stretches our patience and tests the credibility of the narrative - mostly to its detriment
November 19, 2012
Irritating one-note indie film.
September 23, 2012
The point of Compliance, which caused walkouts and shouting matches when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, is how we are programmed to do things that go against our natural instincts as long as we believe we have the law on our side.
September 21, 2012
Its skillfully constructed scene-setting montages, its fraught, gliding camera moves and attractive compositions seem judgmental, suggesting the filmmakers are superior to and more sensitive, certainly, than the characters.
August 24, 2012
Fails its first test, which is that the audience believe every word of it.
August 23, 2012
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.
August 23, 2012
There is a level of stupidity displayed by the people in this movie that beggars belief. Their behavior is to stupidity as the Death Star is to a doughnut.
August 17, 2012
...the intent is clearly to provoke a strong reaction. But once that is elicited, what's left? Not enough for my liking.
August 16, 2012
[Zobel] forgets that less is often more and his film loses credibility...In the end everyone just seems excessively stupid because we have never been complicit.
August 12, 2012
It seems as if Craig Zobel wants to implicate the audience in these proceedings, but he doesn't have a very clear idea how to go about it.
August 10, 2012
...an aggressively manipulative piece of work that's been shamelessly designed to shock and provoke the viewer.