The Stanford Prison Experiment Reviews

May 1, 2018
The uneven film ran out of gas way before it crossed the finishing line.
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.
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.
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 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.
August 14, 2015
An exemplary cast is wasted on this historical biopic that starts with promise, but devolves into boredom.
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.
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.
July 17, 2015
Effective, but not satisfying.
July 17, 2015
No matter how much it may adhere to the well-documented specifics of Zimbardo's work, it is a massive failure.
July 16, 2015
The experiment's inherent drama is exacted with a tin ear and a cheesy style.
July 15, 2015
This case study may be best returned to the file cabinet.
February 13, 2015
Just like the real experiment, the film starts out well, then gets progressively out of control before dissolving into chaos.
January 30, 2015
The line between depicting horrific behavior and wallowing in it gets exceedingly blurry
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.