The Stanford Prison Experiment Reviews

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October 11, 2017
The most fascinating parts of the film depict the experimenters themselves, who are equally quick to abuse the power they have given themselves over the lives of others.
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.
September 25, 2015
The acting is uniformly strong and the camera work is winningly claustrophobic, but the film is one note: scene after scene of bullying.
August 14, 2015
The Stanford Prison Experiment is the kind of movie that raises as many questions as it answers. It's also the kind of film where you want to budget some time for discussion afterward. You won't be able to shake this one off easily.
August 7, 2015
This is not an uplifting movie, and its progress can be grueling. But it has a lot to say about how we let roles define us, how fragile personalities are and how context shapes reality.
July 31, 2015
The film works hard to keep up the suspense: how far will the guards go? How much can the prisoners take? At what point, if any, will Zimbardo and his team intervene? And is his experiment scientific? Objective? Humane? Worthwhile?
July 30, 2015
Watching these young men brutalize each other is troubling enough, but perhaps the film's most interesting angle is how the experiment changes more than its subjects.
July 30, 2015
Billy Crudup gives a fine performance as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who engineered the whole thing and was then pulled into his own power trip.
July 30, 2015
The film can be appreciated, if only as a showcase for its assured, emotional attuned performances, as a convincing time capsule and period piece, and as a chance to reconsider one of the more well-known and still-influential studies of its era.
July 30, 2015
The movie ... inevitably fights against its own sense of dulled outrage and methodical role-playing. But it's pretty gripping all the same.
July 30, 2015
Straightforward yet gripping and claustrophobic
July 24, 2015
A riveting re-enaction of the still-notorious study. The young cast is electrifying.
July 23, 2015
It does make for a fascinating, if skin-crawling, two hours at the movies, and Angarano is a charismatic manipulator, both in and out of character.
July 22, 2015
That this was a controversial experiment, whose findings have been the subject of debate ever since, comes as no surprise. But history, before and since, suggests that it encapsulates an essential truth.
July 22, 2015
From start to finish, Alvarez and screenwriter Tim Talbott have the audience in lockdown mode in this claustrophobic nail-biter.
July 21, 2015
Fortunately, terrific performances from Ezra Miller as "Prisoner 8612" and Michael Angarano as an overlord keep you from hoping for an early release.
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 19, 2015
It is remarkable ... that The Stanford Prison Experiment works as well as it does, and for as long as it does.
July 17, 2015
Alvarez captures an emotional immediacy and risk that is deliberately excluded from academic debate.
July 17, 2015
No matter how much it may adhere to the well-documented specifics of Zimbardo's work, it is a massive failure.
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