Reviews: Compliance (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: One might ask–not unreasonably–why an audience would want to subject themselves to witnessing this young woman’s humiliation. But the film is effective on both the psychological and the personal level; Zobel is fascinated by not only the acquiescence of that power, but by the transfer of it, and the intoxication of it as well.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: [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.
  • Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: The tension in Compliance comes largely from Zobel’s decision to depict the events in a slow, methodical manner that would be mundane if it wasn’t so unsettling. There’s minimal use of non-diegetic music – cues signal the arrival of new characters or an escalation of the situation, but most of the scenes play out over little more than the background noise of the busy restaurant – and he favours clinical distance to lurid fascination.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: For once, the title card “Based on true events” is not some cheap gimmick to lend a story importance; it is a despondent cry of shock, disbelief, and, above all, outrage.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: Perhaps the most disturbing movie of the year. Not a horror film, but given that we can’t excuse the behavior as belonging to illegal aliens or felons eluding of the law … maybe it’s a new strain of horror after all.
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Compliance is certainly a joyless experience, but it is a worthy one insofar as it captures an unpleasant but genuine aspect of the modern zeitgeist.
  • Benjamin Kramee @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Glenn Lovell @
    • Excerpt: … a sadomasochistic mind-trip … It has the lingering impact of a gruesome freeway pileup — you don’t want to look, but you can’t help yourself.
  • [New – 10/3] | Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Compliance digs into the chilling depths of societal dependence on obeying those in positions of power.
  • Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: A complex and unnerving psychological thriller that is unmistakably the work of a promising and daring new talent.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Within half an hour of leaving the screening for “Compliance,” I was alternately asked if I liked the movie and what I generally thought of it. Both are very straightforward queries, and yet in correlation with this film, very difficult to answer.
  • Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby
    • Excerpt: The fact that the disturbing, psychological head game in Compliance actually took place works another way, inspiring a dubious reaction from audiences once the proceedings go way too far…

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