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April 6, 2016
Kyle Patrick Alvarez's The Stanford Prison Experiment is a grim slog of a film, but it capitalizes effectively on the morbid fascination the 1971 study has always inspired.
February 24, 2016
The film becomes a bit repetitive past the hour mark, building to a finale that feels more inevitable than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 15, 2015
This case study may be best returned to the file cabinet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 14, 2015
An exemplary cast is wasted on this historical biopic that starts with promise, but devolves into boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 17, 2015
No matter how much it may adhere to the well-documented specifics of Zimbardo's work, it is a massive failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 21, 2015
A vividly told but crushingly literal dramatization of an event that's in every psych textbook published during the last 40 years, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's new film is compelling and useless in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 17, 2015
Effective, but not satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 23, 2015
History has taught us these basic principles time and again and this admirable movie fails to adequately convey what made this particular experiment so notable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 13, 2015
Just like the real experiment, the film starts out well, then gets progressively out of control before dissolving into chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 16, 2015
The experiment's inherent drama is exacted with a tin ear and a cheesy style.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 10, 2016
The film runs out of steam by about the half way mark, where matters of unequivocally passed through the gates of Hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 1, 2018
The uneven film ran out of gas way before it crossed the finishing line.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 27, 2015
The combination of relentless forward drive and gruesomely fastidious detail, while audacious and admirable in theory, begins to pay dwindling returns in a picture that feels rather longer than its 122-minute running time.
January 30, 2015
The line between depicting horrific behavior and wallowing in it gets exceedingly blurry
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 6, 2015
What we witness onscreen is horrifying and deeply disturbing (as it should be), but a little more context might help us to not feel so marooned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 4, 2015
The well-acted effort tries to sell the notion that Zimbardo's experiment had a lasting value, but by then we've spent more than two hours watching a man gravely compromised by his own cruelty.
August 28, 2018
The reenactment is ugly and affecting, attention shifting from member to member among the excellent ensemble cast; Tim Talbott's script is streaked with an awareness of privilege that a lesser movie would have neglected.
October 9, 2017
The Stanford Prison Experiment lives and dies by the quality of the performances, because there is very little else in the film.
April 17, 2016
The talented cast and fascinating real life story are enough of a foundation to make it worth the 2-hour sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 25, 2015
Alvarez' film would almost qualify as a psychological thriller if it weren't a faithful, slightly dramatized reenactment of history, and if we didn't already know how it ended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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