The Stanford Prison Experiment

Lists: Drama, Thriller

Brief Synopsis: "This film is based on the actual events that took place in 1971 when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time."

Overall Ranking: 1228 (Rank from 2015: # 50)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 100%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Lisa Marie Bowman80 - Disturbing, intense, and thought-provoking.
(full review)
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Ben Deutsch70
Bryan Lienesch68 - It's dark and brutal in its own little implausible way, but the bigger sin is that it feels like it enjoys showing us human punishment just a little too much.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 3
Scary: 5
Rewatch: 3

People Involved

  • Billy Crudup (Dr. Philip Zimbardo)
  • Ezra Miller (Daniel Culp - Prisoner 8612)
  • Michael Angarano (Christopher Archer)
  • Tye Sheridan (Peter Mitchell - Prisoner 819)
  • Olivia Thirlby (Christina Zimbardo)
  • Johnny Simmons (Jeff Jansen)
  • Gaius Charles (Banks)
  • James Wolk (Penny)
  • Thomas Mann (Prisoner 416)
  • Mois├ęs Arias (Actor)
  • Callan McAuliffe (Ward)
  • Ki Hong Lee (Gavin Chan)
  • Keir Gilchrist (John Lovett)
  • Jesse Carere (Paul)
  • Nelsan Ellis (Jesse Fletcher)
  • Nicholas Braun (Vandy)
  • James Frecheville (Townshend)
  • Brett Davern (Hubbie Whitlow)
  • Chris Sheffield (Tom Thompson - Prisoner 2093)
  • Logan Miller (Jerry)
  • Kate Butler (Mrs. Mitchell)
  • Kyle Patrick Alvarez (Director)