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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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½ December 18, 2015
Those who claim that real life can always be eclipsed by a film need to see this documentary. The story just keeps growing and growing until your jaw literally drops. Completely unbelievable and yet true.
December 18, 2015
A chilling, very real, documentary thriller that is superbly told, and needs to be seen to be fully understood
November 23, 2015
Interesting but we would never know the truth. At times a bit boring and thinking the family is really stupid.
November 19, 2015
A chilling, very real, documentary thriller that is superbly told, and needs to be seen to be fully understood.
½ September 30, 2015
It was good but not great. The story was intriguing, the story is fantastic, the cinematography is beautiful.

...I don't know. I like the gritty documentary, this was too polished, this was too high-budget, it was too perfect. The interviews were just peculiar in how they were utilised and in context of the film. I feel it would have been better suited as a movie, however implausible it is.
September 25, 2015
A masterfully directed and superbly edited documentary. This true tale unfolds as interestingly as any big budget blockbuster. Do I believe half of the "truths" presented are indeed fact? Probably not, but that's its real appeal. We meet the real players of a real mystery... it's sooo fun.
September 12, 2015
This movie is AMAZING!!
August 24, 2015
8/24/15 Netflix
One more reason good docs beat main stream movies. An incredible story with twists and turns that is better because of the real people telling their story and not actors. This is a case where a real life story can be much more incredible than a screen writer could come up with. You will remember this movie.
August 14, 2015
Great Documentairy ofa very strange story !
½ August 4, 2015
An unsettling, almost unbelievable true story of french-algerian youngster pretending to be a long lost american kid!
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