James Jay Edwards of FilmFracture wrote:
"The premise behind "Compliance" is so absurd that it's a wonder that it ever gets out of the first act. The truly frightening thing is that writer/director Craig Zobel ("Great World of Sound") based his film on a very real case that happened in a Kentucky McDonalds, and it unfolded in real life pretty much the way it does onscreen. When the audience is armed with this knowledge, "Compliance" becomes less of a silly little game and more of a fascinating character study into how people behave when faced with the demands and requests of an authority figure, real or implied. One thing is for certain; once "Compliance" gets going, it's difficult to not look, like a car wreck or a soccer riot. "