Das Experiment (The Experiment)
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A man taking part in a scientific study finds the fine line between play-acting and reality has been blurred beyond recognition in this taut drama. Tarek Fahd (Moritz Bleibtreu) is a journalist who is temporarily making ends meet by driving a taxi when he sees an advertisement offering 4,000 marks to people willing to submit to a psychological experiment. Intrigued, Tarek offers to take part in the study and persuades one of his former editors to help him work up a story about his experiences. Recording the events using a special high-tech video camera hidden in his glasses, Tarek arrives for… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie's central premise -- is well supported in a film whose strength is in its close-ups on characters and its ability to put the viewer in the cell with them."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"An R-rated version of Survivor, Big Brother or any number of reality-TV shows that present voyeurism as entertainment and exploitation as insight."
‑ Loren King, Chicago Tribune
"Never has there been such a chilling portrait of the human psyche."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Certamente provocaria mais impacto caso o roteiro tivesse abandonado subtramas dispensáveis como a "namorada que perdeu o pai" e se concentrado mais na fascinante experiência."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
""The Experiment" keeps your adrenaline pumping nearly from beginning to end."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Probably it's more action film than anything else, but has enough insight to be of interest to serious filmgoers."
‑ Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail
"Das Experiment may make an obvious point, but it's still a relevant one."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Go in expecting whatever you want, chances are you're going to get something that much better."
‑ Johnny Butane, Dread Central
"Works as action drama, psychological thriller, and cautionary tale."
‑ Jurgen Fauth, About.com
"...takes its time with what it has to say, but very little of it is uninteresting - and the whole thing is capped off by a third act that will have you squirming in your seat."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"What impressed me is how effective the movie was, even though the outcome is a foregone conclusion."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"In the end, it looks as if this experiment proves only one thing: People forced to play guards and prisoners tend to end up imitating bad prison movies."
‑ , Washington Post
"The Experiment est un bon film, mais je comprends mal qu'il ait pu gagner des prix."
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
"When a picture about the roots of evil takes the easy way out, the price is potentially more grave than just the failure of a film: it starts to smell a little like exploitation, after all."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Director Oliver Hirschbiegel uses a stark and spare style to depict the action. . . with breakdowns sudden and savage in contrast to the intermittent quiescence"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
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