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.
| Original Score: 2/4
You may begin to wonder if you aren't being conned by the movie yourself.
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.
Grainy photography captures a story lacking suspense.
| Original Score: C
The real imposter here is the director.
| Original Score: C minus
If you are a fan of true crime stories or the workings of the human mind, The Imposter will blow you away.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
The mysteries stick with you. In 20 years time, someone will leap up and shout, "Eureka!"
| Original Score: 4/5
See it and marvel that the least plausible lies are the ones we tell ourselves.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The Imposter emerges as a brilliantly slippery film that demands brain-stretching consideration. Astonishing, indeed.
Everything about this story is unconvincing, except for the fact that it - or some version of it - happened.
An unnerving experience and a brilliant piece of documentary filmmaking that peels back the layers on one of the most perplexing stories
| Original Score: 4.5/5
As his story unfolds, one gets the uncomfortable sensation that a joke is being played. But on whom?
The year's most fascinating and frightening doc so far, The Imposter delves far beneath the hysterical tabloid headlines.
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.
Few films in the past year have matched the narrative cunning of Bart Layton's captivating true-crime documentary...
More concerned with unfurling increasingly strange and creepy revelations than delving into the nature of grief.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
The Imposter at every stage reveals another layer of the bizarreness of which human beings are capable.
| Original Score: 8/10
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?
| Original Score: 8.8/10