The Imposter (2012)

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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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Nicholas was 13 the day he disappeared (June 13, 1994). He would have been 16 and 8 months when he was reported found in Spain (October 7, 1997)... In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always had, but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn... -- (C) Indomina
Rating:
R (for language)
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
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Cast

Adam O'Brian
as Frédéric Bourdin
Anna Ruben
as Carey Gibson
Cathy Dresbach
as Nancy Fisher
Alan Teichman
as Charlie Parker
Iván Villanueva
as Social Worker
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Critic Reviews for The Imposter

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (31)

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.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The most fascinating aspect of the movie is why the missing boy's family believed the imposter's story.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

You may begin to wonder if you aren't being conned by the movie yourself.

Full Review… | August 31, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

"The Imposter" is one of the best films of the year.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

You couldn't make this stuff up - and no one would buy it as fiction. But as a documentary, it's a different matter.

Full Review… | August 21, 2012
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The Imposter

½

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

½

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.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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