Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 11, 2013
    90
    The title of Terms and Conditions May Apply is unlikely to excite, but the content of this quietly blistering documentary should rile even the most passive viewer.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jul 17, 2013
    80
    In inverse proportion to typically long-winded, inscrutable terms of service, the film is concise, direct and thoroughly engaging.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jul 8, 2013
    80
    Deftly balancing twin goals of informing and entertaining, the pic matter-of-factly details the various ways that marketers, multinational corporations, police departments and government-run intelligence-gathering organizations obtain and exploit info.
  4. Reviewed by: Phil Brown
    Aug 1, 2013
    75
    Not just a documentary about Internet privacy, but a non-fiction horror flick for anyone who blindly agrees to user licensing agreements online (a.k.a. everyone).
  5. Reviewed by: Trey Graham
    Jul 12, 2013
    75
    A quietly appalled we-really-oughta-do something documentary in the mode of "Food, Inc." or "An Inconvenient Truth."
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Jul 9, 2013
    70
    A wide-ranging, if shallow, exploration of intrusive government surveillance practices.
  7. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 8, 2013
    70
    Though it mostly summarizes available arguments instead of uncovering new facts, it's an accessible primer.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott MacDonald
    Jul 10, 2013
    67
    Terms And Conditions may not be a particularly well-made documentary, but it provides a much-needed wake-up call.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Aug 15, 2013
    63
    One thing the film does do, if only inadvertently, is offer insight as to how we have gotten to this state of affairs.
  10. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Jul 10, 2013
    63
    If The Social Network didn't make you want to quit Facebook in 2010, the brave new world outlined here should, despite the fact that your data won't actually be erased.
  11. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jul 16, 2013
    50
    Even given the shapelessness of the picture, Hoback does the best he can in providing an imperfect timeline to a possibly worsening issue.
  12. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Jul 11, 2013
    40
    Apart from its shallow analysis, Terms And Conditions is, if anything, not alarmist enough: Its worst-case scenario has already come true.

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