‘Experimenter’ Review: Peter Sarsgaard Gives Humanity a Failing Grade

What would it take for an average person to repeatedly harm a stranger with increasingly powerful — and potentially fatal — jolts of electricity?

For 65 percent of you, only a polite but firm request by an authority figure is necessary.

Michael Almereyda’s “Experimenter” tells the story of the man behind that statistic, psychologist Stanley Milgram. In response to the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in the 1960s, Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) set out to study obedience,...

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