The Imposter (2012)
Critic Consensus: Despite its true-crime trappings, The Imposter is an utterly gripping and sometimes heartbreaking documentary thriller cleverly told with narrative flair.
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as Frédéric Bourdin
as Carey Gibson
as Nancy Fisher
as Charlie Parker
as Social Worker
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Critic Reviews for The Imposter
In the annals of forged identity flicks, this is a towering Everest, dwarfing the deceivers in the likes of Catch Me If You Can and F for Fake.
This is edge-of-your-seat stuff and the difficulty is in the telling of the tale. To give any of this film away is a crime. You simply have to see it for yourself.
The most fascinating aspect of the movie is why the missing boy's family believed the imposter's story.
You may begin to wonder if you aren't being conned by the movie yourself.
Audience Reviews for The Imposter
If someone told me that this shocking, unbelievable true story really happened, I would have a very hard time buying into it. What begins as an apparently simple case of imposture turns out to be something so much more horrific - something that must be seen to be believed.
I wish they hadn't given away the impostor thing in the beginning, but the storytelling and suspense creation was masterful. For a documentary, this narrative was really gripping.
It'd have been even better if they'd made a movie based on these events. The interviews, at times, shatter the involvement with the documentary film. But yeah, it gave a picture of how far a criminal's mind can reach, despite having quite a different appearance than the missing child. Making it in fully movie format would have helped the twist better.
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|Frédéric Bourdin:||A new identity was a real passport, an American passport, I could go to the US, go to the school there, live with that family and just being someone and don't never again to to worry about being identified.|
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