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½ December 27, 2014
ok mystery pic based on true events
½ October 16, 2014
Terrible mystery that makes no sense: what is in it for someone to pretend to be a person who was kidnapped numerous years ago. The family has no money, there is no notoriety. Just makes no sense. Based on a true story. Mind-blowingly dull.
½ July 16, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014

(2011) The Chameleon
PSYCOLOGICAL MYSTERY DRAMA

It says right at the beginning that it's based on a true story, but when you watch it it's just as tediously pointless despite showing some well known actors. It opens the movie in France, with a police car stopping on the middle of a freeway, after seeing a young man encroached naked while on the middle of the road. And after the police requested for his name, he then tells them that he'd been abducted as well as molested without giving any details regarding who it was and where did it happen. And then tells them that his real name is Nicholas Mark Randall, who was abducted from a family who'd been reported missing while living in Louisiana. And he's first greeted by his older sister who assumed the person she was hugging was really his missing brother. Now, it's called "The Chameleon" for a reason as we get to witness the affect his return has on this particular family of nobody's with Famke Janson as police investigator, Jennifer Johnson having her doubts about who he really is. After the film is over, the movie left with many unanswered questions filling the void by using many un abundance crying heartaches and arguing. You can tell a movie is bad is when viewers are able to use a fast forward button on some of the scenes while playing and still be able to tell what's going on.

1 star out of 4
½ March 30, 2013
Based on the same true story as The Imposter but strangely lacking in any of the former's intrigue despite that being a documentary and this being a drama.
February 14, 2013
Could be better , bwa just fine mm
½ February 10, 2013
male lead just didn't convince me enough. the emotion just wasn't there but it was a good story. Fab acting by the mother though
½ December 24, 2012
Even if the infinitely superior "The Imposter" didn't exist, this would still be a bad movie. None of it works. Not sure if the language barrier was the problem or what, but the end result is laughable (Famke Janssen's out-of-nowhere, unexplained, and unnecessary baby bump is a standout moment).
½ December 1, 2012
They've taken a stunning true story story and turned it into a mess... Watch The Imposter which is an infinitely better doco based on the same story.
November 19, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Can't wait to see "The Imposter," a documentary on this true story. This guy really impersonated missing children all his life...for love. Interesting psychological thriller. Don't miss it, now on Neflix.
½ September 27, 2012
Oh god, this was just awful! Boring, depressing and zero suspense.
Super Reviewer
½ July 5, 2012
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.
June 11, 2012
La Chameléon - The Chameleon - TRASH IT (C)
The movie is based upon the true life of European impostor Frédéric Bourdin. He has been in more than 100 houses all over the Europe pretending as their missing sons. His reason for living with different families is not because he wants to rob or hurt them but he just want to seek "Love and Affection".
The movie takes place when he caught first time pretending to be teen missing child in taxes, USA in age 25. The premise of the movie is really interesting but poor direction and weak screenplay made it completely mediocre and sloppy. The director never knew whether he wanted this movie to be a family drama or a thriller. Marc-Andre Grondin was good but lacked proper direction as times he was sweet and at times he seemed psychopath. Emilie De Ravin, Famke Jensen and Brian Geraghty did a fine job. Nick Stahl and Ellen Berkin performance was over the top.
On the whole, it's very mediocre and doesn't do justice to the story.
May 26, 2012
Very entertaining film based on a true story. Good acting and excellent screenplay.
½ March 24, 2012
I didn't really care for this film.
February 28, 2012
This is a creepy and disturbing story, but the cast didn't make this one very enjoyable.
½ January 4, 2012
Cool premise, but never got into any of the characters... Marc-Andre Grondin will be a good one to watch out for... He has potential... This film just blah...
½ December 13, 2011
It is almost unbelievable that this movie about missing and 'found' boy was based on a true story.
November 23, 2011
This was a suspenseful, thrilling, dramatic and very emotional movie. One of the best "not popular" movies I've seen in quite awhile. What an AMAZING but unpredictable ending. I would HIGHLY recommend it.
½ November 13, 2011
Was this movie supposed to have a point, or was it supposed to amble along being boring and sad and grungy and then end as unsatisfyingly as it had progressed? Well, either way, the latter happened, and while I did get a little French practice in, I did not enjoy the movie as a whole--which is a tawdry, depressing, slow-moving affair. Also, for the record, I am not interested in watching Ellen Barkin be completely un-glamorous.
Super Reviewer
October 24, 2011
In theory, this sounds like such a good movie, but I was really disappointed with it. There was really no depth to "Nicholas" or the family themselves. It could have been so much better.
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