Compliance

Compliance

Compliance

Psychological chiller inspired by bizarre true events. Staff at a fast food restaurant find themselves exceeding legal and moral boundaries after a young female staff member is accused of theft. On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd, Garden State) receives a phone call saying that the police suspect one of her employees, Becky (Dreama Walker, Dont Trust the B---- in Apartment 23), has stolen money from a customer. Convinced she's only doing what's right, Sandra commences the investigation, following increasingly invasive step-by-step instructions.

Written and directed by Craig Zobel, one of the founders of Homestar Runner.

2012Rating: R16, contains offensive language, sexual themes and content that may disturb90 minsUSA
DramaThrillerTrue Story & Biography
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Reviews & comments

Powerful psychological thriller

This little American indie film will not leave you unaffected. An amazingly strange but true story that says a lot about western society, the power of authority and how far we'd go to comply with it. The cast is brilliant, especially Dreama Walker and Ann Dowd who give a very convincing performance. And no doubt if the film didn't surprise you enough, the...

4.0
0

My emotions!

Ooh, this movie got me angry. I guarantee you will be appalled, amazed, disgusted, gobsmacked and you may even leave feeling a bit dirty. That's how good it is.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

In taut, gripping and deeply disturbing fashion, writer-director Craig Zobel measures the depths to which rational individuals will sink to obey a self-anointed authority figure in 'Compliance'.

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Time Out

Time Out

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You can't believe what you're watching: 'Compliance', true to its title, digs into the rarely explored subject of psychological acquiescence (behavioural scientist Stanley Milgram should get a co-writing credit), with common-sense dignity being the first casualty.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

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If this riveting, repelling film is to be seen, it must be not at home but in a theater, where you are confined in a room, like Sandra and Becky, deciding whether to watch, and how you would react.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Snapshots of greasy fries and slimy grills pump up the unsavory atmosphere, while Heather McIntosh's ominous, cello-driven score plucks our nerves and stirs our stomachs.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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This is a well-made film, with plausible performances by all the leads, especially Ann Dowd.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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That the thriller is based on real incidents only magnifies its effect.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Likely to spur discussions about workplace safety, employee rights and broader awareness of sexual predation, 'Compliance' is also a suspenseful psychological drama for viewers prepared to tolerate its extremes.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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.

0
Variety

Variety

press

In taut, gripping and deeply disturbing fashion, writer-director Craig Zobel measures the depths to which rational individuals will sink to obey a self-anointed authority figure in 'Compliance'.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

You can't believe what you're watching: 'Compliance', true to its title, digs into the rarely explored subject of psychological acquiescence (behavioural scientist Stanley Milgram should get a co-writing credit), with common-sense dignity being the first casualty.

4.0
0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

If this riveting, repelling film is to be seen, it must be not at home but in a theater, where you are confined in a room, like Sandra and Becky, deciding whether to watch, and how you would react.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Snapshots of greasy fries and slimy grills pump up the unsavory atmosphere, while Heather McIntosh's ominous, cello-driven score plucks our nerves and stirs our stomachs.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is a well-made film, with plausible performances by all the leads, especially Ann Dowd.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

That the thriller is based on real incidents only magnifies its effect.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Likely to spur discussions about workplace safety, employee rights and broader awareness of sexual predation, 'Compliance' is also a suspenseful psychological drama for viewers prepared to tolerate its extremes.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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.

0

Powerful psychological thriller

This little American indie film will not leave you unaffected. An amazingly strange but true story that says a lot about western society, the power of authority and how far we'd go to comply with it. The cast is brilliant, especially Dreama Walker and Ann Dowd who give a very convincing performance. And no doubt if the film didn't surprise you enough,...

4.0
0

My emotions!

Ooh, this movie got me angry. I guarantee you will be appalled, amazed, disgusted, gobsmacked and you may even leave feeling a bit dirty. That's how good it is.

4.0
0