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Ratings & Reviews

  1. mpho3's rating of the film Compulsion

    Compulsion is essentially a film in two parts, the first being a disconcerting noir, featuring Stockwell and Dillman's characters' crimes. The second is the court room drama. Welles' tour de force portrayal of Clarence Darrow, is replete with a 15-min. condemnation of capital punishment. Impressive as the soliloquy is, the film loses steam. Comparisons to Rope are inevitable; neither film is flawless.

  2. SpacePirate's rating of the film Compulsion

    Not understanding the reviews that seem to be kinda shitting on this movie. Its a tight, well directed, and well acted film with highlights by Welles and Stockwell, who gives a Perkins like performance which is really a highlight of his career. Welles speech is trademark Welles, hammy and given with a touch of Shakespearean vigor that dominates the courtroom scene in total theater style. 4.5 stars

  3. Edna Sweetlove's rating of the film Compulsion

    Stagey and unrealistic but worth seeing for Orson who is as hammy as always. And fat too.

  4. bryanvmh's rating of the film Compulsion

    The climactic speech has good words, but I can't convince myself it is a good performance

  5. Michel's rating of the film Compulsion

    Interesting ideas and characters disserviced by a mediocre film that doesn't know how to properly explore them. Dean Stockwell turns in a compelling performance that makes up for some of the film's poorer aspects. As for Welles, he shows up towards the end to unsuccessfully lend gravitas to a really vacuous courtroom speech. It's so damn pat. Still, I kinda wish for a good filmmaker to remake it.

  6. Christopher M. Jones's rating of the film Compulsion

    Like Rope with less implied butt sex and more affluenza

  7. FISCHER's rating of the film Compulsion

    D'après un fait divers authentique et dramatique dont s'était déjà inspiré indirectement le grand Alfred Hitchcock dix années auparavant... www.cinefiches.com

  8. Michael Zyx MH Claes's rating of the film Compulsion

    Alfred HITCHCOCK did "The Rope" & Richard FLEISCHER did "Compulsion", both after the same true story of

  9. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Compulsion

    The crimes that they committed are almost irrelevant because this is really about the death penalty. Take two arrogant pseudo-intellectuals that do a thrill kill, and make a case that they should not die. Even though Welles doesn't turn up until near the end it becomes his show. Many actors here went on to big TV roles.

  10. Cinema Omnivore's rating of the film Compulsion

    7/10, my review: http://wp.me/p1eXom-1MG

  11. http://letterboxd.com/James_'s rating of the film Compulsion

    This film is exceedingly great until the Orson Welles show rolls into town—at which point it becomes hysterical, which is not to say "bad."

  12. jimmymarkum's rating of the film Compulsion

    Frenzy for the 'not-so-perfect' murder. Big Welles' entrance with later famous harangue against capital punishment. Very good, if loquacious, Nietsche-fan students Bradford Dillman and Dean Stockwell. Also very good direction and cinematography

  13. mjgildea's rating of the film Compulsion

    3 1/2 stars out of 5. Great direction and phenomenal cinematography are the highlights of the first half of Compulsion. Once Orson Welles is introduced he completely and masterfully dominates the rest of the movie. Not to say there was nothing else worth mentioning in Compulsion, but you know...

  14. Frankly, Mr. Shankly's rating of the film Compulsion

    4 stars for the final Orson Welles statement. His best acting to date.