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Based on 27 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A movie that offers hard speculation and harder truths. You won't be able to get it out of your head. show more

  • 100
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    Gripping, hair-raising documentary. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A mesmerizing psychological thriller bulging with twists, turns, nasty insinuations and shocking revelations that might have leapt from the pages of a Patricia Highsmith novel, The Imposter is all the more astonishing because it actually happened. show more

  • 100
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    One of the best films of the year. show more

  • 88
    New York Post

    Despite a bunch of fourth-wall-breaking re-enactments, the look is consistent with most TV true-crime stories. But the way Layton parcels out information makes this story as strange and fascinating as anyone could desire. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The most fascinating aspect of The Imposter, though, is why the missing boy's family believed his story. show more

  • 75
    Washington Post

    What's most fascinating are the movie's larger questions about why some people tell impossible lies -- and why others believe them. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The utterly bizarre story made national news when it broke, has since provided much magazine fodder, and popped up only two years ago adapted into a dramatic feature. Now it receives the documentary treatment and, in the devilishly manipulative hands of director Bart Layton, what a treatment it is – the weirdness just gets weirder. show more

  • 63
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    The film shrewdly opts not to proffer its own hypothesis about the true reasons behind the Gibson family buying Frédéric Bourdin's story. show more

  • 63
    New York Observer

    As a thriller, The Imposter is gripping. As a documentary, it provokes confusion and annoyance. show more

  • June 03, 2013 ap00000000151402
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    boring means you lack the intellect to understand it and need derpy type entertainment to keep you interested.

  • February 09, 2013 dylanfitz123456
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    This movie blew my mind all the way to the end .Best doc i have EVER! watched in my life.Rarely see cinematic docs and will recommend this to anyone for the sheer suspense created although ending was dragged out to be much more than what it was but that aside.......mind blowing!!

  • September 27, 2012 ho00000000129714
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    I walked put along with 3 other ppl.It was boring.

  • September 13, 2012 mikesmutt
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    pretty interesting story but the movie creates a false ending

  • July 16, 2012 Allison Rowley
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    Looks interesting

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