Das Experiment (The Experiment)
Das Experiment (The Experiment) (2001)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Susan Walker
Toronto Star

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.

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Loren King
Chicago Tribune

An R-rated version of Survivor, Big Brother or any number of reality-TV shows that present voyeurism as entertainment and exploitation as insight.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Never has there been such a chilling portrait of the human psyche.

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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail

Probably it's more action film than anything else, but has enough insight to be of interest to serious filmgoers.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Das Experiment may make an obvious point, but it's still a relevant one.

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Johnny Butane
Dread Central

Go in expecting whatever you want, chances are you're going to get something that much better.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What impressed me is how effective the movie was, even though the outcome is a foregone conclusion.

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Washington Post

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.

Louis-Jérôme Cloutier

The Experiment est un bon film, mais je comprends mal qu'il ait pu gagner des prix.

Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Cindy I
20 men volunteer to participate in a lab experiment in a simulated prison. At first the men have a good time with it, but then things go downhill when some of… More
familiar stranger
The Experiment failed to yield any favorable reports for me. If you wish, experiment it on yourself; though IMO, it should be aborted.
Randy Tippy
<i>Das Experiment</i> is a theatrical "what if" inspired by the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment (1971) and Mario Giordano's… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
The line between reality and role playing gets blurred in this creepy study of human behaviour. Only thing that keeps this from getting more stars is the… More
Lady D'arbanville
Based on a real life psychological experiment, the simulated prison environment is like a ticking timebomb, waiting to see the power struggle between Guards and… More
Tim Barker
The picture here makes this movie look pretty silly. The guy looks like the older brother, from Everybody Loves Raymond. He doesn't look very happy about… More

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