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The Stanford Prison Experiment

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Kyle Patrick Alvarez

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About the Movie

What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? In this tense, psychological thriller based on the notorious true story, Billy Crudup stars as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days. Winner of two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including Best Screenplay, and created with the close participation of Dr. Zimbardo himself, 'The Stanford Prison Experiment' is a chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller about the dark side of power and the effects of imprisonment. Featuring an extraordinary cast of rising young actors, including Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Angarano, and Thomas Mann.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 88
  • Fresh: 73
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Fortunately, terrific performances from Ezra Miller as "Prisoner 8612" and Michael Angarano as an overlord keep you from hoping for an early release. – Devan Coggan, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 21, 2015

Fresh: Alvarez captures the sickly green and dingy gray environment, and even though he emphasizes the claustrophobic nature of the stuffy hallway, brings movement and dynamism to the space. – Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, Jul 16, 2015

Fresh: Alvarez captures an emotional immediacy and risk that is deliberately excluded from academic debate. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jul 17, 2015

Rotten: The film runs out of steam by about the half way mark, where matters of unequivocally passed through the gates of Hell. – David Jenkins, Little White Lies, Jun 10, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Important and disturbing

You can't get through this movie without being affected. Watch all the way to the end and ponder what the guard says. Nobody stopped him. Nobody.
Amazing acting and compelling story. This movie pulls you in and won't let you go.

great movie!!!

this movie is so worth the watch and has amazing actors! i love the story and how its based on true events! spectacular!!!! plz watch! u won’t regret it


I was highly satisfied with this film! It was disturbing and real. The pain the prisoners went through was very believable and the acting was phenomenal! A must watch. Emotional film and great cast!

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  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2015

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