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½ September 19, 2016
Great subject matter, but too many re-enactments.
½ August 26, 2016
Interesting but very anticlimatic
½ August 22, 2016
*** 1/2
'The Imposter' tells one of the weirdest stories I've ever heard in my life. But even weirder than the story, is that it's true. With excellent direction and beautiful cinematography not normally seen in a docudrama, 'The Imposter' is gripping from start to finish.
August 15, 2016
Good watch. Surreal
Super Reviewer
½ July 16, 2016
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.
July 11, 2016
I'm not big on documentaries, but this one reels you in. It's an intense movie that's hard to believe it's a true story.
Super Reviewer
July 5, 2016
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.
June 13, 2016
Unnerving as it is riveting...this documentary tells you what it's about from the title but offers much, much more within its running time.
May 26, 2016
The telling of this tale is purely beautiful: the jump cuts between two different people telling the same story, with their own perception of things adds flavour into the mix. To simply tell someone of these crimes committed in this documentary, is not enough; one really needs to see it for themselves.
May 7, 2016
Jaw-dropping and shocking. The filmmakers did this story justice
½ March 20, 2016
I find it unbelievable that there are people this stupid in the world.
March 20, 2016
riveting and it keeps you guessing
½ February 18, 2016
Disappointingly boring until over an hour into the film.
February 15, 2016
Very interesting true story, definitely recommend this one :)
February 7, 2016
A decent documentary, that turns into a police mystery for the final 30min. Definitely told more from the imposter (Bourdin)'s side, but he never really gives you his motivation/reasoning fro impersonating Nicholas, the Texan teenager... Strange and occasionally gripping, you're still left questioning at the end...
½ January 27, 2016
Even though 'The Imposter' is a documentary film, it still manages to keep you on the edge of your seat, with gripping and tense storytelling and pictures. Director Bart Layton made a mystery without equal into an absolutely fantastic film. Amazing how he managed to display the movie with revealing just enough for the viewers to still be curious regarding the mystery and story throughout the movie. Regardless of the fact that it's a documentary film, it's still so obscene to me that something like this actually happened.
January 16, 2016
Although like Man on a Wire, the man involved is an interesting and charismatic character which makes it interesting to watch, there just isn't much to this. Basically, a guy who always felt abandoned repeatedly would assume false identities in order to escape his own reality. He ends up fooling a family in Texas he is their long lost son/brother. Not much more to that.

It does get a little interesting with the PI who is trying to find the missing kid's body, but that didn't get enough screen time.
January 15, 2016
One of those incredible stranger-than-fiction docs, but it's strangely less than totally satisfying perhaps because, as is often the case, the fantastic story creates an insatiable demand for more and more.
January 14, 2016
A true crime tale with added layers of intrigue and atmosphere, The Imposter is poised for better than average documentary business in both theatrical and ancillary. The Imposter is a fascinating story, but it's about as reliable as Bourdin - a veteran liar who, significantly, is allowed to dominate the picture. Layton may be making a sophisticated point about the elusive nature of truth but at the same time, it's a point made at the expense of the Barclays. The Imposter examines a bizarre series of events that occurred mostly in the 1990s. Why it is just now grist for a full-length documentary might be because no one found a way to tell the story. Layton makes so many risky choices in presenting this material that when almost all of them pay off, you can't imagine the story being told any other way. Benefiting from outstanding contributions by cinematographers Erik Wilson and Lynda Hall, and composer Anne Nikitin, Layton creates a noirish dream state of slickness, shadows and continual disbelief. To get added drama to the true story, Layton combines actual interviews with staging, the aforementioned mix of doc and docudrama.The dense storytelling, heavy thematic burdens and endlessly conflicting perspectives could have spun The Imposter right off the rails had Layton's hold not been so assured. The solutions may not be satisfying, but they are certainly entertaining.

VERDICT: "In The Zone" - [Mixed Reaction] These kinds of movies are usually movies that had some good things, but some bad things kept it from being amazing. This rating says buy an ex-rental or a cheap price of the DVD to own. If you consider cinema, ask for people's opinion on the film. (Films that are rated 2.5 or 3 stars)
December 24, 2015
A well told story about the most despicable human being to grace the big screen.
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