Experimenter 2015

Experimenter

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Led by a gripping performance from Peter Sarsgaard, Experimenter uses a fact-based story to pose thought-provoking questions about human nature.

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In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) conducts controversial experiments designed to measure conformity, conscience and free will.

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Critic Reviews for Experimenter

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (12)

  • Mostly playful if occasionally pretentious ...

    October 29, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There are a few feints at considerations of human nature, and a word is spoken in defense of obedience, but the film serves better to start a conversation than to draw a conclusion.

    October 22, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Fascinating work by Michael Almereyda, a mix of audacious artifice, ruminations and reality.

    October 22, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    John Anderson

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  • Peter Sarsgaard carries this engaging biopic of Stanley Milgram.

    October 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • When you have such a provocative foundation and such rich material to work with, pushing it to the next level isn't necessarily the best choice.

    October 22, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Experimenter's" most striking quality is the way it encourages us to think deeply, from the first frame to the last, even if it's just to consider what on Earth an elephant is doing on screen.

    October 22, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • May 24, 2016
    I heard very good things about this movie and jumped on the opportunity to watch it when it was put on Netflix. After watching, I have to say I was impressed with Sarsgaard. His cold delivery as Stanley Milgram really worked. Milgram's story about his experiment was very captivating; I often found myself wondering how I would respond if put in similar situations. Another really cool thing about this movie was the fourth wall breaking. Sarsgaard acted as both star and narrator, and it worked well in my opinion. Though the story was interesting, I have to say that the execution didn't always work for me. There were times, especially towards the end, where the movie started to feel a bit sloppy. Also, this movie features some of the worst green screen work I've seen in recent memory. If you enjoy movies about the human psyche or just want to see a solid performance, go give Experimenter a watch.
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2016
    The stylized direction is sometimes unnecessarily distracting (even though the breaking of the fourth wall does work) and in some occasions the narrative seems to digress, but still this is a compelling account of a fascinating experiment that says a lot about human nature.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2016
    I really enjoyed this casual (very nearly offhand) look at how group think affects all of our lives. An important consideration packaged in a coffeehouse format for ease of consumption.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2016
    One of the most fascinating films I have ever seen. As someone who absolutely loves psychology and is completely enraptured by it, I was on the edge of my seat the entire film. If you are even remotely interested in the subject matter or this movie, you absolutely need to check it out ASAP. You will not regret it.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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