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The Imposter Reviews

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
Credit director Bart Layton for taking a subject that appears barely capable of propping up hour-long, true-crime cable programming and turning it into compelling, full-length documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
March 8, 2013
The Imposter at every stage reveals another layer of the bizarreness of which human beings are capable.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 16, 2013
The Imposter has many lessons; for the rest of us, it reinforces the golden rule: never assume anything about anyone
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 16, 2013
The revelations never stop. The title tells us what the story is about, but it is impossible to imagine the complex elements that involve not only the central character, but those who accept him as the person he pretends to be
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz
January 7, 2013
Few films in the past year have matched the narrative cunning of Bart Layton's captivating true-crime documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide
January 7, 2013
With his first feature doc, Layton proves himself not only adept at seeking out such true-life tales, but also telling them with the flair of a naturally gifted storyteller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 23, 2012
This documentary film, like 'Catfish' a couple of years ago, is about a clever impersonator, but 'The Impostor' is an even stranger and more serious story, and by the time you get near the end of this bizarre tale, it gets even stranger than that.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 9, 2012
A gripping thriller, heartbreaking family drama, and fascinating true-crime saga all in one package.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 5, 2012
Intriguing fictionalized true-crime psychological thriller doc.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 19, 2012
... one of the most involving and compelling documentaries to come around in quite some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
November 7, 2012
A mesmerizing con-artist comedy and a chilling true crime thriller...
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
October 20, 2012
You won't believe this true story
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 11, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 5, 2012
Superbly crafted documentary about a missing teenager who mysteriously resurfaces after three years, prompting a riveting, better-than-fiction Cold Case-style drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
September 30, 2012
If only the movie didn't almost glamorise Bourdin's action, they'd have been onto a real masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
If you are a fan of true crime stories or the workings of the human mind, The Imposter will blow you away.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 26, 2012
... both interesting and repellent.
| Original Score: 3/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
September 23, 2012
An unnerving experience and a brilliant piece of documentary filmmaking that peels back the layers on one of the most perplexing stories
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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