Compliance Reviews

  • Zobel shoots his queasy little psych test with I'm-just-the-messenger documentary neutrality, challenging as he goes: Do you want to look away now? How about now? Will you walk out?

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Snapshots of greasy fries and slimy grills pump up the unsavory atmosphere, while Heather McIntosh's ominous, cello-driven score plucks our nerves and stirs our stomachs.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • Fails its first test, which is that the audience believe every word of it.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Mark Feeney — Boston Globe

  • Among the highlights [of BAMcinemaFest]... Provocative!

    Aaron Hillis — Village Voice

  • [It] has a sharp psychological point and a can't-look-away quality even as it turns horrifically dark.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Compliance ends up being about certain things that it would rather not be about.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Compliance is a fascinating and deeply unsettling version of true events, but it goes past that, with art and honesty.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • Watching Compliance recently, I also began to squirm and talk back, but not because I disliked the movie, which I think is brilliant.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • This is a well-made film, with plausible performances by all the leads, especially Ann Dowd. We feel we know people like this.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Compliance is one of the toughest sits of the movie year 2012. But it's an uncompromising and, in its way, honorable drama built upon a prank call that goes on and on, getting worse and worse for the people on the other end of the line.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Like a John Hughes movie hijacked by Roman Polanski, this troubling indie effort lays bare the sadomasochism of the American workplace.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • A harrowing, gut-wrenching fable about power and authority that shows that even the most well-adjusted, ordinary person could be tempted to degrade and dehumanize their neighbor.

    Tirdad Derakhshani — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Zobel's masterful direction and screenplay heighten the distress of authority figures possessing unseen persuasion over naive employees, exposing a disturbing and haunting look at what some workers are willing to do in order to follow orders.

    Jim Brunzell III — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • This is one insistent film, more evocative of human behavior than movies that take fewer risks ever could be.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • In taut, gripping and deeply disturbing fashion, writer-director Craig Zobel measures the depths to which rational individuals will sink to obey a self-anointed authority figure in Compliance.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • It's a highly political work about how some people can be made to do vile things just for the wispiest promise that the powers above will go a little bit easier on them.

    Farran Smith Nehme — New York Post

  • Zobel has created a tale that will leave audiences angry if not downright nauseated by journey's end.

    Bruce Demara — Toronto Star

  • A fairly deliberate and effective piece of provocation.

    William Goss — Film.com

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