What 2013 Films Would Win If Psychologists Gave Out Academy Awards?

The decision to add selected psychologically relevant films to PsycCRITIQUES (a practice introduced by E. G. Boring, the first editor of Contemporary Psychology) has been widely applauded, and many readers report they read the film reviews before turning to the more pedestrian reviews of books.

Some of the 2013 films that have been (or will be) reviewed in PsycCRITIQUES includeThe Great Gatsby, 42, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Her, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Butler, and Before Midnight.

If you were giving awards for psychologically relevant films, which movies would you nominate?

Read the Reviews

By Keith Oatley
PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(41)


  • A review of the film The Great Gatsby

The Fountainhead of Eudaemonia
By David G. Wall
and Jacqueline Remondet Wall
PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(39)


  • A review of the film 42

Heroism on the High Seas: Piracy, Type T Personality, and Perspicacity
      By Frank Farley  and Mona Sarshar
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2014 Vol 59(4)

  • A review of the film Captain Phillips

When Gravity Shall Set You Free
By Richard W. Bloom
PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(47)


  • A review of the film Gravity

The Butler Did It
      By Christopher J. Ferguson
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2014 Vol 59(3)

  • A review of the film The Butler

Keeping Love Visible
By David G. Wall and Jacqueline Remondet Wall
PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(51)


  • A review of the film Before Midnight

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