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Das Experiment (The Experiment) Reviews

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May 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2002
Das Experiment may make an obvious point, but it's still a relevant one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
October 4, 2002
A harrowing study of the corrosive effects of absolute power.
October 3, 2002
Even when playing a bad-boy archetype, Bleibtreu is an enormously charismatic actor who grabs the audience and runs with it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2002
It is in the camera details rather than the grand design that Das Experiment excels.
September 30, 2002
Too many flaws, too many holes in the plot.
September 27, 2002
Excels at building tension to an almost-unbearable point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2002
Hirschbiegel has given narrative form to man's inhumanity to man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2002
As it goes into the final turn and is headed for home, it mysteriously runs right off the rails, and Hirschbiegel seems happy to let the whole thing spin wildly out of control.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 27, 2002
Rigid, airless, and browbeatingly repetitive, Das Experiment is an overly didactic piece of thesis hectoring.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 26, 2002
At once simplistic and compelling in a trashy sort of way.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 19, 2002
The cat-and-mouse game proceeds along conventional lines; the plot is full of holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 19, 2002
Far-fetched and wearying.
September 18, 2002
It's empty calories trying to trumpet its bogus nutritional value, and the strain for social importance undermines the picture.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 18, 2002
This deftly crafted film provokes the kind of creeping horror that Lord of the Flies memorably nailed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2002
A keen, gripping psychodrama with unsettling real-life underpinnings.