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The Stanford Prison Experiment Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    73

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    The problem is not that this film is upsetting (it should be), but that it ultimately seems more interested, and skilled, at dispensing regular shocks than fresh insights.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice Amy Nicholson

    Even simply sticking to the facts, the film is a painful watch.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Brian Truitt

    Even with some familiar faces, The Stanford Prison Experiment feels like an honest-to-goodness documentary — a high compliment for a movie based on an infamous college project.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    It never should've been OK'd in the first place and never should've gotten past the first day. This has a mixed effect on the movie itself, which inevitably fights against its own sense of dulled outrage and methodical role-playing. But it's pretty gripping all the same.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Leslie Felperin

    For all its flaws it’s a rich, thought-provoking film which, while challenging, is not without humor and visual pleasures, particularly in the restrained but bang-on period production design.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    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.

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