The Imposter Reviews

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December 9, 2019
Intermingling with archive home videos from Nicholas to reenactments on key events, Layton weaves an intriguing tale of emotional turmoil and deceit.
March 4, 2019
Bourdin's vulnerability and desperation at wanting to be loved, to belong to anyone, anywhere, is so heartbreaking, you can almost forgive him for lying.
September 19, 2018
Director Bart Layton pieces together a story you wouldn't believe if it wasn't true.
August 30, 2018
The plot and unravelling of this criminal Rich Little keeps you glued to the screen. But even more interesting than the star trickster are the family members who want to believe in his story.
August 23, 2018
Layton's The Imposter is not only one of the very best documentaries of 2012, but is arguably a contender for best feature - full-stop.
January 26, 2018
It's all fashioned together into one gut-wrenching, suspenseful, and often bizarre crime docudrama that is the creepiest true story to hit the big screen since 2010's Catfish.
August 30, 2017
More than anything it's Layton's storytelling acumen that impresses - the movie unfolds like a psychological thriller, and in the second half effects a chilling twist on its own inherent implausibility.
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.
March 8, 2013
The Imposter at every stage reveals another layer of the bizarreness of which human beings are capable.
February 16, 2013
The Imposter has many lessons; for the rest of us, it reinforces the golden rule: never assume anything about anyone
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
January 7, 2013
Few films in the past year have matched the narrative cunning of Bart Layton's captivating true-crime documentary...
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.
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.
December 9, 2012
A gripping thriller, heartbreaking family drama, and fascinating true-crime saga all in one package.
December 5, 2012
Intriguing fictionalized true-crime psychological thriller doc.
November 19, 2012
... one of the most involving and compelling documentaries to come around in quite some time.
November 7, 2012
A mesmerizing con-artist comedy and a chilling true crime thriller...
October 20, 2012
You won't believe this true story
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.
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