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The Imposter Reviews

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 21, 2012
Layton layers "The Imposter" with powerful images in the dramatic re-creations, as well as a brooding soundscape and a concise pacing that distributes its information with the reserve of a good mystery writer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 21, 2012
"The Imposter" may be the first movie since "Penn and Teller Get Killed" whose title may need its own spoiler alert.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 13, 2012
The most fascinating aspect of the movie is why the missing boy's family believed the imposter's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
September 7, 2012
Every bit as engaging as it is well-shot, it proves once more that truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
September 4, 2012
A mixture of documentary, mystery and thriller, which recounts an astonishing true story that gets more outrageous with each revelation
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
September 1, 2012
Strange and intriguing, searching for that elusive essence known as 'the perfect truth.'
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 31, 2012
You may begin to wonder if you aren't being conned by the movie yourself.
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
August 30, 2012
Rather like watching a magician pulling off a trick which your eyes cannot see, The Imposter offers its own strange kind of magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 30, 2012
The story is astonishing enough on its own, and The Imposter succeeds in enhancing its immediacy and intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John A. Riley
Electric Sheep
August 28, 2012
As his story unfolds, one gets the uncomfortable sensation that a joke is being played. But on whom?
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 26, 2012
One of the year's most provocative pictures.
Brian Tallerico
August 24, 2012
Incredibly well-made and with a story you won't forget, "The Imposter" is one of the better docs of the season.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
August 24, 2012
The Imposter emerges as a brilliantly slippery film that demands brain-stretching consideration. Astonishing, indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shawn Levy
August 24, 2012
It's an astounding story, truly, and Bourdin is the most chillingly sympathetic sociopath: frank, remorseless, matter-of-fact.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
August 24, 2012
British director Bart Layton has only slightly fictionalised this extraordinary story for his documentary, which is told more as a thriller than a statement of hard fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 24, 2012
"The Imposter" is one of the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 24, 2012
Not only is the story riveting, but the film explores huge issues that really get under our skin
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
August 23, 2012
The Imposter frequently sends your jaw hurtling to the floor as it tries to understand the great pretender and a family only too willing to accept him as one of their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
August 23, 2012
When this film was over, I felt as if I had been holding my breath for 99 minutes. It is pure, delicious suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
August 23, 2012
The mysteries stick with you. In 20 years time, someone will leap up and shout, "Eureka!"
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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