Impostor
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This long-delayed science fiction thriller from director Gary Fleder was actually filmed prior to his box-office hit Don't Say a Word (2001), which preceded it in theaters by several months. Based on a 1953 short story by Philip K. Dick, the film shares that schizophrenic author's long-running obsessions with concealed identity and humanity's potential inferiority to alternative life forms. Gary Sinise stars as Spencer John Olham, a respected government scientist in the year 2079 trying to devise a secret weapon that will help his fellow humans win a decade-long war with invading… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The performances are solid, with Sinise's sobriety and lack of histrionics, especially, making him an anchoring and sympathetic presence."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Pushes the same old cliches in Blade Runner packaging."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A great cast can't save the poor script."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The history behind Impostor is perhaps more compelling than the film itself."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Worth the ticket price -- mainly for the surprise ending and set design -- and most of its 96 minutes is absorbing."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A worthy successor to those sci-fi B-movies of old even if it is nowhere in the league of such Dick-inspired films as Total Recall and Blade Runner."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Everything about Impostor ... is both familiar and profoundly unoriginal."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"A miasma of indifferent screenwriting and wobbly performances."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
"Originally slated as a 40 minute installment in a sci-fi trilogy film, Impostor should have been left that way."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"An uneven look into a grim future that doesn't come close to the level of intelligence and visual splendour that can be seen in other films based on Philip K. Dick stories."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Feels less like a cousin to Blade Runner than like a bottom-feeder sequel in the Escape From New York series."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"In the end, alas, the obvious interests of an actor of Sinise's range and depth are subsumed to the blunt demands of a standardized chase movie."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"What happened here?"
‑ David Grove, Film Threat
"There's one thing you can say about Imposter - it does have the appropriate title. Fleder's ill-conceived actioner flick poses as a thriving sci-fi adventure but its real identity is that of a glossy-looking, predictable lukewarm futuristic yarn."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"It's edgy, fast-paced, and if you don't take it too seriously, a lot of fun."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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