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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

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  1. Jul 16, 2014
    6
    Although this is a little uneven and not the tightest documentari I've seen, I found the subject matter so interesting that I stuck it out, and felt somewhat like the participants in the game by the time it was over--fascinated, and a little disappointed, but glad that I had participated.
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55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 21, 2013
    60
    The film will frustrate viewers who insist on knowing which interviewees are recounting real experiences and which are perpetuating fictions hatched by the game's creator, Jeff Hull. But mystery is part of the appeal.
  2. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 10, 2013
    50
    The Institute stumbles between documentary and exploratory simulation, at once confusing and pedantic.
  3. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Oct 10, 2013
    60
    Because The Institute is largely framed as if the viewer were a co-player in Jejune's game, the film is an experience that's fun and frustrating in equal measure.