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Impostor (2002)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 73

With its low production value and uninspired direction, Impostor comes off as a mixture of The Fugitive and Blade Runner, only not as good or as involving.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 22

With its low production value and uninspired direction, Impostor comes off as a mixture of The Fugitive and Blade Runner, only not as good or as involving.



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The year is 2079. The earth has been at war with an alien force for over a decade. Spencer Olham is a lauded government scientist whose latest work promises to save the planet. But suddenly he is accused of being an alien spy, and becomes the subject of a nationwide manhunt. Olham is faced with a two-tiered dilemma- can he prove his identity to the secret police in time to help mankind? Can he ultimately prove his identity to himself?

Jul 9, 2002


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All Critics (93) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (73) | DVD (16)

The performances are solid, with Sinise's sobriety and lack of histrionics, especially, making him an anchoring and sympathetic presence.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A worthy successor to those sci-fi B-movies of old even if it is nowhere in the league of such Dick-inspired films as Total Recall and Blade Runner.

October 15, 2002 | Comment (1)
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Feels less like a cousin to Blade Runner than like a bottom-feeder sequel in the Escape From New York series.

January 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Pushes the same old cliches in Blade Runner packaging.

January 8, 2002
Rolling Stone
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Everything about Impostor ... is both familiar and profoundly unoriginal.

January 8, 2002 Full Review Source:
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In the end, alas, the obvious interests of an actor of Sinise's range and depth are subsumed to the blunt demands of a standardized chase movie.

January 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Variety
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A great cast can't save the poor script.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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A miasma of indifferent screenwriting and wobbly performances.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

What happened here?

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The history behind Impostor is perhaps more compelling than the film itself.

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Originally slated as a 40 minute installment in a sci-fi trilogy film, Impostor should have been left that way.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

There's one thing you can say about Imposter - it does have the appropriate title. Fleder's ill-conceived actioner flick poses as a thriving sci-fi adventure but its real identity is that of a glossy-looking, predictable lukewarm futuristic yarn.

February 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Worth the ticket price -- mainly for the surprise ending and set design -- and most of its 96 minutes is absorbing.

October 2, 2002

An uneven look into a grim future that doesn't come close to the level of intelligence and visual splendour that can be seen in other films based on Philip K. Dick stories.

September 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

It's edgy, fast-paced, and if you don't take it too seriously, a lot of fun.

August 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Sinise is quite good as the guy trying desperately to prove that he's innocent, even as he has nagging self-doubts.

August 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

...too little material for too much screen time.

July 20, 2002
Movie Metropolis

While it's entertaining at the time, you probably won't remember too much of it the morning after.

June 21, 2002 Full Review Source:

The film sags in its second act, but it's interesting, high-IQ sci-fi, and if ever a film spoke to America's post-September 11 paranoia, this one does.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Guardian

Once the movie abandons ideas, it falls flat -- it's not well made enough to engage us with shallowness.

June 17, 2002

This potentially stylish cyberpunk movie is turned into nothing more than an endless series of tiresome chase sequences.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source:

If Blair Witch Project's hand-held camera work made you feel sick, this one will have you throwing up in your popcorn.

May 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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Impostor isn't especially scintillating science fiction on its own, but in the light of our ongoing national crisis, it seems eerily prescient.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Has all the values of a straight-to-video movie, but because it has a bigger-name cast, it gets a full theatrical release.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
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Audience Reviews for Impostor

i really enjoyed this movie it hasnt been given enough credit to be honest
i like the the way its been set and the year its funny and action packed and with a twist the ending is a bit disappointing but the thing with a lot of films is that the entire film is brilliant and then they sort of run out of time towards the end so they rush it but neverthe less worth a watch!
April 29, 2009
Film Crazy

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Weapons designer Gary Sinise finds himself on the run in a warring future state after being accused of being an alien spy. Yet another potboiler based on a Philip K. Dick short story, Impostor doesn't really have the depth or invention to satisfyingly explore the source material's themes of identity and sense of self. It does however have some nice effects and production design, and a cast that although lacking in big name stars, does have enough in the way of solid character actors to keep you watching, including Vincent D'Onofrio, Tony Shalhoub and Madeleine Stowe. The rather straight to DVD style direction and unimaginative plot (it's basically just a long chase sequence) means it will win no prizes for originality, but taken as a no frills sci-fi B-movie it has enough action and twists to pass 80 minutes inoffensively enough. Nowhere near the best Philip K. Dick adaptation, but far from the worst.
April 1, 2009
xGary Xx

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Great story and the casting was spot on. The action worked but the emotional conflict with the characters were what makes this a great movie.
January 8, 2008

Super Reviewer

An intense action thriller, Impostor is an impressive science fiction tale from Philip K. Dick. Based on a short story, a government scientist named Spencer Olham is accused of being an alien replicant and goes on the run in order to find a way to prove his innocence. Gary Sinise and Madeleine Stowe lead the cast and deliver fairly good performances. The special effects are also rather good (all things considered), and create a unique dystopian future. Additionally, the material is quite relevant in its dealing with themes of terrorism and police powers in wartime. Impostor has some issues, but the sci-fi themes are handled quite well.
April 12, 2013
Dann Michalski

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    1. Spencer Oldham: We lose lives to progress, it's a necessary sacrifice.
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