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Das Experiment (The Experiment) Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 7, 2009
Never has there been such a chilling portrait of the human psyche.
Johnny Butane
Dread Central
February 1, 2006
Go in expecting whatever you want, chances are you're going to get something that much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 16, 2004
The Experiment est un bon film, mais je comprends mal qu'il ait pu gagner des prix.
| Original Score: B-
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 24, 2004
Certamente provocaria mais impacto caso o roteiro tivesse abandonado subtramas dispensáveis como a "namorada que perdeu o pai" e se concentrado mais na fascinante experiência.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jurgen Fauth
October 15, 2003
Works as action drama, psychological thriller, and cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 6, 2003
When a picture about the roots of evil takes the easy way out, the price is potentially more grave than just the failure of a film: it starts to smell a little like exploitation, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 22, 2003
"The Experiment" keeps your adrenaline pumping nearly from beginning to end.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
Scott Weinberg
July 7, 2003
...takes its time with what it has to say, but very little of it is uninteresting - and the whole thing is capped off by a third act that will have you squirming in your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003
Director Oliver Hirschbiegel uses a stark and spare style to depict the action. . . with breakdowns sudden and savage in contrast to the intermittent quiescence
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 24, 2003
Bleibtreu is a clone of Brendan Fraser in looks, but he's far superior in talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 23, 2002
...it gets all murky and brutal, with rape and murder and all kinds of Hobbesian business going on.
Full Review| Original Score: B
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
November 8, 2002
The movie's central premise -- is well supported in a film whose strength is in its close-ups on characters and its ability to put the viewer in the cell with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
November 8, 2002
Expect to do plenty of flinching, recoiling and face-covering.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
November 8, 2002
Probably it's more action film than anything else, but has enough insight to be of interest to serious filmgoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 25, 2002
What impressed me is how effective the movie was, even though the outcome is a foregone conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
October 24, 2002
An R-rated version of Survivor, Big Brother or any number of reality-TV shows that present voyeurism as entertainment and exploitation as insight.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 11, 2002
Das Experiment may make an obvious point, but it's still a relevant one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Blackwelder
October 6, 2002
Psychologically resounding but bedeviled by somewhat preposterous plot developments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Washington Post
October 4, 2002
In the end, it looks as if this experiment proves only one thing: People forced to play guards and prisoners tend to end up imitating bad prison movies.
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Washington Post
October 4, 2002
A harrowing study of the corrosive effects of absolute power.
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