Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 6, 2012
    90
    It makes you think. And that's invaluable.
  2. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Aug 30, 2012
    88
    Zobel's unsparing approach is justified. This film should be hard to watch - and it is. But it's also hard to forget.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Aug 23, 2012
    90
    With its harrowing restraint, Compliance is potent filmmaking that's not easily forgotten.
  4. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Aug 23, 2012
    88
    A taut, understated minimalist masterwork.
  5. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Aug 20, 2012
    90
    Compliance is a small movie, but it provides insight into large and frightening events, like the voluntary participation of civilians in the terrible crimes of the last century.
  6. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Aug 17, 2012
    100
    The actors in Compliance perform with thorough and chilling sincerity.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 16, 2012
    90
    A slow-motion punch to the groin. As such, it's fitting that one of our first sights is a large "NO" stenciled in the parking lot of a fast-food joint in suburban Ohio: as the film progresses, the word becomes a silent mantra for viewers who can't quite believe what they're seeing.
  8. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 16, 2012
    88
    The truth can indeed be stranger than fiction and, in this case, were the story to have originated in the imagination of the screenwriter, it could rightfully be criticized as artificial and contrived. But, disturbing and unlikely as it may be, this stuff actually happened, and pretty much as Craig Zobel relates it.
  9. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Aug 8, 2012
    91
    With a slow, relentless buildup focused on sexual humiliation, Compliance intensifies the "requests" put on Sandra, and eventually other employees, to behave immorally in the name of cooperation.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    Jul 28, 2012
    83
    Compliance is as much a meta-textual gauntlet as it is a movie; its subject matter not only deserves, but demands to be discussed and argued about, rather than being simply accepted at face value.
  11. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jul 28, 2012
    83
    The subject matter is unrelentingly sordid yet the storytelling is so deadpan and understated that it's difficult, if not impossible, to dismiss it as exploitation or sexist provocation.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
  1. ber
    Aug 30, 2012
    1
    Everything about this movie is dumb. Not least the characters who must share an IQ of 75 between them. Along with the tedious pacing and subEverything about this movie is dumb. Not least the characters who must share an IQ of 75 between them. Along with the tedious pacing and sub par acting performances i'm at a loss as to why this is so highly rated. Full Review »
  2. Mar 9, 2013
    8
    Important to note that this movie is inspired by true events. Not entertaining in the way most movies are. It is uncomfortable to sit throughImportant to note that this movie is inspired by true events. Not entertaining in the way most movies are. It is uncomfortable to sit through and extremely frustrating, but also very compelling and suspenseful. A unique edge-of-your-seat and absorbing thriller, this is the most unsettling movie of the year. Full Review »
  3. Feb 13, 2013
    0
    This is the most absurd film ever. I can't believe it has so high score. Even the Americans aren't that dumb, well maybe they are, seeing theThis is the most absurd film ever. I can't believe it has so high score. Even the Americans aren't that dumb, well maybe they are, seeing the score and the reviews. Full Review »