The Chameleon (2011)

The Chameleon

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A family welcomes home a missing child, but he may not be all he seems to be in this suspense drama. Nicholas Barclay was a 13-year-old living in Louisiana with his family when he mysteriously disappeared, and though his mother, Kimberly (Ellen Barkin), and sister, Kathy (Emilie de Ravin), have been hopeful he'll be found, after three years it seems increasingly unlikely. To their surprise, Nicholas (Marc-André Grondin) returns home one day, claiming he'd been kidnapped by child predators but … More

Rating: R (for language, brief drug use and nudity)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jean-Paul Salomé, Natalie Carter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 22, 2011
Runtime:
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as Jennifer Johnson

as Kimberly Miller

as Kathy Jansen

as Brian Jansen

as Nicolas Barclay/Fréd...

as Dan Price

as Brendan Kerrigan
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Critic Reviews for The Chameleon

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6)

Characterized by a consistent scarcity of both drama and suspense.

Full Review… | July 15, 2011
Time Out
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We see the impostor's trickery but not the pain driving it.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
New York Times
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Screenwriters, take note: Unless your story is a whodunit, it's an unforgivable flaw to telegraph early and often that, sometime during the final act, we should anticipate the proverbial rug to be pulled.

Full Review… | July 12, 2011
Village Voice
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The execution falls short of its full potential.

Full Review… | July 11, 2011
Variety
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Salomé and co-writer Natalie Carter offer some explanatory psychology, but the complexities remain underdeveloped. Still, you won't be bored.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Though there's plenty of skill on display here, "The Chameleon" is one of those films that feels out of whack, as if it focuses too much energy on the wrong story, leaving a more interesting one in the background.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for The Chameleon

½

Low budget, not too shabby story elaborating on true events. This was based on a truly weird real-life character..a boy/man who takes on the identity of numerous people over and over again in seach of love. This movie is telling the story of a family that accepted him, even though it was clear he was an imposter. The reasons why, however, is the basis of this movie. Ellen Barkin delivers a good performance, and the rest of the cast is also rather decent.

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Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

You can't die twice.

This film to me was stressful to watch. I was bored and eagerly for it to end so I could finally know what the hell was it about. The acting was mediocre and the cast was not that good, it felt like it needed a good known actor for it to be better. So what that it was based on a true story big deal, this movie was pointless and crappy.

The amazing true story of Frédéric Bourdin, who after having plundered all the centers for runaway minors and deliquents in Europe, even thought he has come of age, now passes himself off as Nicholas Barclay, a 13-year-old American who had vanished three years ago. To his astonishment, Nicholas's family welcomes him like their son, leaving Interpol and the FBI aghast. It is the beginning of a race against time for the investigators, family and Bourdin. But who is manipulating whom? And who is Frederic Bourdin in reality?

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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

From the start, I had a hard time latching on to the main character and not because of great writing or directing, but because the actor was simply not believable. Most characters in this film act without instinct or drive, delivering spoon-fed dialogue for no apparent reason but to progress the plot. The Chameleon not only screams melo-drama but lacks any sort of mystery or suspense, feeling glossed over and unwatchable at times. Had the writers given this more time, I feel a much better story could have developed, but instead we are left with a film screaming "made-for-TV-movie" or "Lifetime-original drama".

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Christopher Haskell

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