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Shown into a windowless examination room, eight candidates have reached the final stage of selection for a prestigious job at a mysterious corporation. There is one question before them and one answer is required. If they try to speak to him or the armed guard by the door they will be disqualified. If they leave the room for any reason they will be disqualified. If they spoil their papers they will be disqualified. As the clock ticks down, they must figure out what the company expects of them, and how far they are prepared to go to secure the ultimate job.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Plot twists, lighting changes and shifts of tone work hard to sustain our attention, but the script sometimes becomes too involved in solving the structural challenges it has set itself."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Low-budget but handsomely mounted cross between Cube and 12 Angry Men, with some script input by mystery writer Agatha Christie and literary critic Terry Eagleton."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Benefits from a bit of dark humor, some critically important editing tricks, and a mystery that's actually sort of ... interesting."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"Despite their supposed cleverness, all the candidates here make mistakes that would be avoided by anybody with even the slightest knowledge of how these situations usually pan out in movies, and the whole thing gets very silly by the end."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"You're left with the nagging suspicion that, with just one more script polish, it could have been something very special."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
"Claustrophobic psychological-drama is a flawed but intriguing exercise in script writing ingenuity and economy."
‑ Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
"An intriguing yet uneven thriller..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The ninth person working on this puzzle will be the viewer."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"The tale is ingeniously developed, the suspense well maintained, and you'll think more highly of it if you have to leave five minutes before the disappointing pay-off."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A modern morality tale in the sleek guise of a sci-fi-tinged thriller. The setting is modest, the ambition is big."
‑ Nev Pierce, Empire Magazine
"A tight psychological thriller with a slight sci-fi edge. A great find."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Everything is just slightly mysterious and off-kilter."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Horror.com
"Exam can't follow through on its ideas and premise."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"This low-budget British chamber piece has an intriguing scenario, so it's a shame that the po-faced, sci-fi-tinged screenplay fixates on the applicants' efforts to detect invisible ink on their exam papers."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Independent on Sunday
"Director Stuart Hazeldine makes the most of a small budget and modest cast in a solidly put together watch-it-once thriller that's all about the process of solving the puzzle at its heart."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
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