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The Imposter Reviews

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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Beverly Dollarhide, Nicholas's mother, says of the period after her son's disappearance, "My main goal in life at that time was not to think." Apparently, the filmmakers have taken a cue from her.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 16, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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You may begin to wonder if you aren't being conned by the movie yourself.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 31, 2012
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The film looks like many a television crime series, and is as manipulative. With no disclaimer or separation, its method screams that this is full honest fact.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

January 18, 2013
Harvey S. Karten

Grainy photography captures a story lacking suspense.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C

July 6, 2012
James Verniere
Boston Herald

The real imposter here is the director.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: C minus

August 17, 2012
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

If you are a fan of true crime stories or the workings of the human mind, The Imposter will blow you away.

Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 5/5

September 27, 2012
Jamie Neish

The Imposter is one of those rare documentaries that, while its hard to know exactly how much is intensified for the purposes of making the film, is genuinely unsettling and infuriating to believe as fact and fiction.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 5/5

August 13, 2012
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies

The mysteries stick with you. In 20 years time, someone will leap up and shout, "Eureka!"

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

August 23, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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See it and marvel that the least plausible lies are the ones we tell ourselves.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 13, 2012
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

The Imposter emerges as a brilliantly slippery film that demands brain-stretching consideration. Astonishing, indeed.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 24, 2012
Hannah McGill
The List

Everything about this story is unconvincing, except for the fact that it - or some version of it - happened.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

August 14, 2012
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

An unnerving experience and a brilliant piece of documentary filmmaking that peels back the layers on one of the most perplexing stories

Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 23, 2012
John A. Riley
Electric Sheep

As his story unfolds, one gets the uncomfortable sensation that a joke is being played. But on whom?

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

August 28, 2012
Guy Lodge
Empire Magazine

The year's most fascinating and frightening doc so far, The Imposter delves far beneath the hysterical tabloid headlines.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

August 20, 2012
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects

The film focuses on the extreme limits of human fallibility and a true story that is so exceedingly unbelievable that it feels like it cannot possibly be true -- but it is.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects

March 14, 2012
Aaron Yap

Few films in the past year have matched the narrative cunning of Bart Layton's captivating true-crime documentary...

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

January 7, 2013
Simon Miraudo

More concerned with unfurling increasingly strange and creepy revelations than delving into the nature of grief.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 9, 2012
Siobhan Synnot

Layton may be making a sophisticated point about the elusive nature of truth but at the same time, it's a point made at the expense of the Barclays.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

August 20, 2012
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground

The Imposter at every stage reveals another layer of the bizarreness of which human beings are capable.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 8/10

March 8, 2013
Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
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Centered on a 15-year-old cold case, there should be no real surprises here. Why, then, is the experience of watching The Imposter one of edge-of-the-seat disbelief and nerve-jangling thrills?

Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Original Score: 8.8/10

July 13, 2012
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