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½ February 10, 2018
A well crafted, emotional film based on the crazy true story.

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.

In a world so big, stories like this often go unnoticed. This is one of those crazy stories that I had no idea existed until I saw this film. This film was a unique blend of documentary and fictitious filmmaking, which I really enjoyed. I don't watch a lot of documentaries, but this was pretty interesting to me. Instead of typical b-roll footage (which would've been difficult given the situation), they kind of reenacted the scene with actors / actresses. It helped smoothen out the narrative and it helped us visualize the story much better. There were so many cool tricks and narrative devices they used that it made this documentary so memorable.

The film was shot and edited very well. It took an interesting event and made it into a compelling story. I was emotionally hooked and shocked on what this film did. It looked great and the different ways they told this story was so interesting. They used different camera methods and ways to visually progress the story. It was a really well composed film and I feel like it does something not all other documentaries have done.

In the end, I highly recommend watching this film. It's available on Netflix and one of the most memorable documentaries I've seen in recent memory.
October 11, 2017
Was I watching the same documentary?? I kept waiting for the twist that would make this movie interesting! Yes it is weird that the family believed this brown-eyed French man was their missing blond hair, blue-eyed son! But there is absolutely no evidence to back up any of the claims the imposter (Frederic Bourdin) made about Nicholas' disappearance and supposed murder. The family is incredibly sketchy, but we see Frederic Bourdin, from jail, calling other families with missing children and lying to them about knowing anything of their fate. We see a man who is ridiculously proud of being a compulsive liar and conman.

To make this documentary work, we needed some coabberating evidence that the family was guilty
August 31, 2017
I cannot comprehend how anybody could give this movie any praise. It's awful, slow, has no pay off and just is a complete waste of time. Do yourself a favor...... skip it!!
July 21, 2017
Has to be seen to be believed. Stupefying.
½ June 30, 2017
This made me angry but the doc itself was skillfully done and totally engaging.
I just don't get like how there could be sO MUCH incompetence at SO MANY LEVELS. I don't blame the family fooling themselves into believing this kid, I think grief and craziness and true belief can do a loooot of things to a person, but the fact that multiple law enforcement all the way up to interpol people could be SO SO stupid about this!?!? The guys EYES WERE BROWN. He looked so CLEARLY older than he said he was. It was just oVERTTTT i'm there with the private investigator like "no way in hell" upon the first look. Fair enough to get a run around or whatever but the fact their suspicion wasn't at like red alert from day one is just like, jesus, this is why bad things happen.

Number two thing that pissed me off is that fact that this loser is married with three kids. Of course some goddamn woman was like "oh you're an international liar? Let me get some of that." Like, that -on its own- is a mystery story about people tricking themselves into believing somebody is who he isn't. You can bet your ass this dude didn't like reach 40 and then be like "ah I'm done with all that lying." I'm sure this dude is messed up forever, therapy or not.
February 21, 2017
Grade - B-
'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.
February 13, 2017
This is the first movie that's actually blown me away sufficiently to write a review. I want to grab everyone I know and make them watch this. Do yourself a favor and don't read about it, just watch it. It's really, truly a case where truth is wilder than fiction.
Super Reviewer
February 12, 2017
This had me glued to the screen for the duration. Strong storytelling that adds depth with each twist, I still have no idea what was going on. Giving away too much would be a sin so do yourself a favor and check this documentary out.
February 10, 2017
Omg amazing experience damn that's some crazy stuff I don't trust the family members one bit
January 18, 2017

The Imposter perfectly balances the reality of the story with the fiction of film, and it is the result of an outstanding vision applied to an even more impressive true story.
January 3, 2017
I recommend taking my five star rating at face value and see this without reading this review. I don't believe there are spoilers, but the less you know the better. It's an incredible documentary that deftly plays the audience with ostensible transparency and openness, and all the while building tension and suspense. Then there is what seems to be the prestige, and you think the trick is over, but then the lights flicker off and on and there is another big reveal followed by mystery. One of the best movies I've seen in awhile.
Super Reviewer
½ December 5, 2016
It is hard to believe that this shocking, unbelievable true story actually happened, since what begins as an apparently simple case of imposture turns out to be something much more horrific once you look deeper into it - something that must be seen to be believed.
½ November 24, 2016
Creepy documentary. The interviews are real, and that's scary.
½ September 19, 2016
Great subject matter, but too many re-enactments.
½ August 26, 2016
Interesting but very anticlimatic
August 15, 2016
Good watch. Surreal
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.
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