The Imposter Reviews
December 17, 2012
Sometimes it's hard not to feel like they are indulging the imposter's desire to be the center of attention and the creator of his own narrative. That being said, the story is endlessly creepy and this aspect of it only adds to that effect by the end. One of those films that leaves you thinking for a long time following.
January 12, 2015
A bit too obsessed with its own cleverness, and not nearly as powerful as the original New Yorker, but damn, it is something to see those people on the screen.
January 11, 2015
Quite easily one of the most fascinating documentaries produced in the last decade, 'The Imposter''s hook is its unreliable source. The manipulative Frédéric Bourdin at the centre of this story is a character unlike any other, so much so that his story would be dismissed as too implausible if it were a work of outright fiction. Assorted interviews, archival footage and reenactments help piece together a complex tale of somebody who just wanted to be accepted... or did he?
November 19, 2014
Most shocking and unbelievable story ever told. It's very hard to believe that all this is true. The ending twist was heartbreaking. The imposter is very bizarre, compelling and astonishingly good documentary thriller. A story that needs to be heard by everyone.
January 6, 2015
If it were a movie, I would have said that it was not very believable. C'est la vie.
October 18, 2012
One sick individual who should be locked up for life. Liked and disliked this film for a number of reasons. Wouldn't want to watch it again as it really is annoying how stupid some people can be.
August 21, 2012
Ya leyeron la sinopsis?? Leanla y se uniran a mi club de fans de The Imposter.
December 28, 2014
crazy doc now on netflix
December 27, 2014
Very well-produced documentary, with clever cinematography and decent re-enactment. Some well-placed found footage from the actual event adds to the believability. The story also definitely has some unexpected twists, but ultimately just leaves one with the same emptiness that its subjects must feel...
December 16, 2014
It was a stupid film, but all in all a mind boggling one. Bizarre.
January 25, 2013
Sounds interesting. Gotta see
November 28, 2014
Watching this whilst currently obsessed with the 'Serial podcast it was impossible not to draw parallels between the two. Whereas the reporting on 'Serial' seems honest and story-led this is the exact opposite. The story is incredible but you can't help but feel that so much is either being kept back from you the viewer to create dramatic tension or that the investigative side simply wasn't done with the story just taken at face value. That does't detract from what is a really interesting watch but it does lend itself to a pretty unsatisfying conclusion.
November 24, 2014
You may question the validity of the presentation and whether the director is trying to con you much like Frederic Bourdin does. But you can't deny it's wonderfully shot and executed.
November 20, 2014
By using occasional dramatic recreations in addition to the traditional documentary footage, this film is not only engaging, but also tense and exciting. Capitalizing on a "stranger than fiction" kind of event, this documentary flick is truly unforgettable in both content and craft.
November 10, 2014
The story is almost too unbelievable to be real... and yet it is. Disturbing on many levels, and very well done.
March 28, 2014
Great documentary. Could've been an awesome fiction.
February 4, 2013
Crazy yet disturbing true story. This documentary kept me in suspense within minutes thru to the end. Unbelievable and unimaginable lengths someone would go thru for themselves regardless of the price put on others. Must watch documentary.
August 25, 2014
This was a stunning documentary movie about the 1997 incident. Tells the story of a Texas boy who returned home after the 3 years of disappearance. Created a lot thrilling excitation that equals to any masterpiece crime-thriller movie. Particularly to say it is what Hitchcock would have chosen to do if he was alive today. Sadly, it was a documentary movie, that does not really stop anyone from a watch. It is one the documentary you should watch if you are a Hitchcock fan, especially if you are interested in the crime-thrillers that deals about identity crises. As it is a true story, it was unbelievable.
A 16 year-old Nicolas Barclay from Texas was missing for 3 years. All the sudden one day he appears with the changed personality. That brings joy in his family who was praying for his return. But Nicolas tells the strange story about his disappearance that convince his family, but authorities suspect that something is not right. What is true and what is not is the remaining narration that reveals as it happened.
''I saw the opportunity.''
This movie is what reminds me the Indian movie 'Naan'. Same kind of narration that does not keep the secret from the viewers, but each other from the movie characters. It was about claiming the fake identity, that was not done perfectly because of the faultless display, but failed to recognize the truth, especially in the modern world with all the facilities are available to detect such flaws. Like saying, all is well when everybody is happy. There are lots of similar incidents happening, but everything won't come into the lights. I am glad this story brought into the silver screen.
It was awesome, I thoroughly stuck with it till the end. Yes, the end leaves behind many doubts about the whole structure of the case that could possibly take us to the day since Nicolas was missing. But in another angle it is a kind of offense to believe where the story leaves everything and finger points the other way. Whatever the truth is, it leaves us on a thin border of the two possibilities and we have to take what way we think could possibly would have happened. In the meantime the mystery about Nicolas keeps unanswered. I hope this puzzle will be solved one day in the near future.
August 4, 2014
Can't even begin to explain this story. This is a must see if you are a documentary fan or a fan of mysteries. Crazy!
July 28, 2014
One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. The story was absolutely insane and keeps you guessing throughout.