Das Experiment (The Experiment) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Das Experiment (The Experiment) Reviews

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Derek Elley
Variety
June 24, 2008
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Newsday
May 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 16, 2002
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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
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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
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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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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 3, 2002
Even when playing a bad-boy archetype, Bleibtreu is an enormously charismatic actor who grabs the audience and runs with it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 2, 2002
It is in the camera details rather than the grand design that Das Experiment excels.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 30, 2002
Too many flaws, too many holes in the plot.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 27, 2002
Excels at building tension to an almost-unbearable point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
September 27, 2002
Hirschbiegel has given narrative form to man's inhumanity to man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 27, 2002
Rigid, airless, and browbeatingly repetitive, Das Experiment is an overly didactic piece of thesis hectoring.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 26, 2002
At once simplistic and compelling in a trashy sort of way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2002
The cat-and-mouse game proceeds along conventional lines; the plot is full of holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
September 19, 2002
Far-fetched and wearying.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
September 18, 2002
It's empty calories trying to trumpet its bogus nutritional value, and the strain for social importance undermines the picture.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Megan Turner
New York Post
September 18, 2002
This deftly crafted film provokes the kind of creeping horror that Lord of the Flies memorably nailed.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
September 17, 2002
A keen, gripping psychodrama with unsettling real-life underpinnings.