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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 conducted the "obedience experiments" at Yale University. The experiments observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65 percent of subjects obeyed commands from a lab-coated authority figure to deliver potentially fatal currents. With Adolf Eichmann's trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram's Kafkaesque results hit a nerve, and he was accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster. EXPERIMENTER invites us inside Milgram's whirring mind, beginning with his obedience research and wending a path to uncover how inner obsessions and the times in which he lived shaped a parade of human behavior inquiries. (C) Magnolia

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Peter Sarsgaard
as Stanley Milgram
Winona Ryder
as Sasha Menkin Milgram
Anton Yelchin
as Rensaleer
Kellan Lutz
as William Shatner
Taryn Manning
as Mrs. Lowe
Jim Gaffigan
as James McDonough
Dennis Haysbert
as Ossie Davis
Lori Singer
as Florence Asch
Josh Hamilton
as Tom Shannon
Emily Tremaine
as Shelia Jarco
Edoardo Ballerini
as Paul Hollander
Ned Eisenberg
as Solomon Asch
Karl Geary
as Stephen Macht
Paul Lazar
as Paul Errara
Michael Siberry
as George Bellak
Gameela Wright
as Mrs. Greer
Frank Harts
as Washington
John Palladino
as John Williams
Pascal Yen-Pfister
as Serge Moscovici
Emily Nicole Hansen
as Hospital Receptionist
Katie Kreisler
as Hannah Arendt
Lucy Fava
as Michele Milgram
Adriana Randall
as Mrs. Stein
Emily Vere Nicoll
as Donna Abbott
Devin Henry
as Airport Passenger
Peter Iasillo Jr.
as Homeless Man
Mark Elliot Wilson
as Mr. Abe Lincoln
Tom Farrell
as Whittaker
Accalia Quintana
as Little Sister at the Airport
Harley Ware
as Elms/Alan
Gary Shteyngart
as Worthheimer
Richard R. Corapi
as Party Guest
Frank Ferruccio
as Keller Hawkins
Craig DeLorenzo
as Student #1
Kate Kitchin
as Big Sister at the Airport
Shiori Ichikawa
as Student #3
Charlie Jones
as Airport Passenger
Maury Silver
as Emerson Rosenthal
Max Maxy
as Black Man in White T-Shirt
Chris Nester
as Hank Solomon
Tom Roma
as Waiter
Harold Takooshian
as Man in Suit
Jude Patrick White
as Marc Milgram
Sean Brody
as Student #2
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Critic Reviews for Experimenter

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (12)

  • Mostly playful if occasionally pretentious ...

    Oct 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.

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

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

    John Anderson

    Top Critic
  • Peter Sarsgaard carries this engaging biopic of Stanley Milgram.

    Oct 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.

    Oct 22, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • "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.

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

Audience Reviews for Experimenter

  • 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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