Compliance
Compliance (2012)

Becky and Sandra aren't the best of friends. Sandra is a middle-aged manager at a fast-food restaurant; Becky is a teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day (too many customers and too little bacon), a police… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 8, 2013
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89%
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60%



Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Anchored by smart, sensitive direction and strong performances, Complicance is a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that's equal parts gripping and disturbing.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

A riveting, horrifying film, shot through with beautifully observed moments of unwelcome truth.

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

There's the adage that life is nasty, brutish and short. It's even worse when you're half-naked and locked in a supply room with your boss.

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Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com

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.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A frightening look at the power of authority and the human desire to avoid conflict.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Edward Boxler
You will be hard pressed to find a more disturbing thriller this year. Compliance is a harrowing experience, made all the more stressful when you see the… More
Jim Hunter
A fast food manager receives a call from the police claiming that one her employees is guilty of theft and that the manager should subject her to more and more… More
Nicki Marie
Good film, but scary to think it is based on real events. Trying to put myself in the place of the manager who is phoned by the police and convinced that her… More
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Anthony Lawrie
Unbelievable but true. The emphasis seems to be on how someone can be so manipulative and get away with it so many times but for me it was more 'How can… More
Film Crazy
Great psychological prospective and interesting to anyone fascinated with behaviour and the compliance of people when they believe an authority figure is… More