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

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 17, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
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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/

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.

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

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.

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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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Francesca Steele
Independent (UK)

The most disturbing aspect of Compliance is its implied complicity.

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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.

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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Beth Accomando

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.

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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
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
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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
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