Experimenter

Experimenter

Experimenter

Biopic of social psychologist Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) who conducted the "obedience experiments" at Yale University in the early ‘60s. Co-stars Winona Ryder and Anton Yelchin.

"The experiments observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65 percent of subjects obeyed commands from a lab-coated authority figure to deliver potentially fatal currents. With Adolf Eichmann's trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram's Kafkaesque results hit a nerve, and he was accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster." (Sundance Film Festival)

2015Rating: M, Offensive language98 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & BiographyFestival & Independent
88%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Upon hearing about the Stanley Milgrim obedience experiments in Psych 101, many undergrads – myself included – instantly thought "Holy shit, this needs to be a movie!" But while I may have wanted an overblown psychological thriller, Experimenter instead examines the head of the man who spent his career examining everyone else's. Filmmaker Michael Almereyda does the latter so well, it makes my idea look really stupid in hindsight.

4.0
0

If you really want to know Milgram experiment...

I RECOMMEND THE 2008 GERMAN FILM CALLED DIE WELLE (THE WAVE). Trust me, it will rock your core.

3.0
0

Fascinating subject matter

Saw this at the Film Fest and really enjoyed it. It's the kind of film that you continue to think about, long after you've left the cinema.

4.0
0

Must see

I caught this at the Film Fest and I'll be going back to see it again. You won't be disappointed. Surely every arts student has heard of Milgrams experiments in human psychology, surely we've all harboured the thought that we would have acted differently to the masses. There's plenty of scope to ponder this and the whole cultural construct of good and bad...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Almereyda dissects the life and work of controversial psychologist Stanley Milgram in a highly stylized biopic worthy of its subject.

0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

It encourages us to think deeply, from the first frame to the last, even if it's just to consider what on Earth an elephant is doing on screen.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A nimble, low-frequency high.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Finds a glimmer of hope by simply revealing itself. Maybe if more people are educated about the dangers of obedience, they'll put up more resistance. It can't hurt to hope.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Almereyda has created an experiment of his own: a kind of cinematic Rorschach test, prodding viewers to consider what they would do if sitting in the same seat as Milgram's subjects.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Not awards bait but makes some Big Thinker biographies that are look staid.

0
Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Upon hearing about the Stanley Milgrim obedience experiments in Psych 101, many undergrads – myself included – instantly thought "Holy shit, this needs to be a movie!" But while I may have wanted an overblown psychological thriller, Experimenter instead examines the head of the man who spent his career examining everyone else's. Filmmaker Michael Almereyda does the latter so well, it makes my idea look really stupid in hindsight.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Almereyda dissects the life and work of controversial psychologist Stanley Milgram in a highly stylized biopic worthy of its subject.

0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

It encourages us to think deeply, from the first frame to the last, even if it's just to consider what on Earth an elephant is doing on screen.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A nimble, low-frequency high.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Finds a glimmer of hope by simply revealing itself. Maybe if more people are educated about the dangers of obedience, they'll put up more resistance. It can't hurt to hope.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Almereyda has created an experiment of his own: a kind of cinematic Rorschach test, prodding viewers to consider what they would do if sitting in the same seat as Milgram's subjects.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Not awards bait but makes some Big Thinker biographies that are look staid.

0

If you really want to know Milgram experiment...

I RECOMMEND THE 2008 GERMAN FILM CALLED DIE WELLE (THE WAVE). Trust me, it will rock your core.

3.0
0

Fascinating subject matter

Saw this at the Film Fest and really enjoyed it. It's the kind of film that you continue to think about, long after you've left the cinema.

4.0
0

Must see

I caught this at the Film Fest and I'll be going back to see it again. You won't be disappointed. Surely every arts student has heard of Milgrams experiments in human psychology, surely we've all harboured the thought that we would have acted differently to the masses. There's plenty of scope to ponder this and the whole cultural construct of good and...

5.0
0