The Chameleon
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A family welcomes home a missing child, but he may not be all he seems to be in this suspense drama. Nicholas Barclay was a 13-year-old living in Louisiana with his family when he mysteriously disappeared, and though his mother, Kimberly (Ellen Barkin), and sister, Kathy (Emilie de Ravin), have been hopeful he'll be found, after three years it seems increasingly unlikely. To their surprise, Nicholas (Marc-André Grondin) returns home one day, claiming he'd been kidnapped by child predators but finally escaped. Kimberly and Kathy are overjoyed and welcome him home with open arms.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

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"Characterized by a consistent scarcity of both drama and suspense."
‑ Nick Schager, Time Out New York
"The execution falls short of its full potential."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
‑ Blake French,
"We see the impostor's trickery but not the pain driving it."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Salomé and co-writer Natalie Carter offer some explanatory psychology, but the complexities remain underdeveloped. Still, you won't be bored."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"On the surface, The Chameleon reeks of contrived melodrama, cinematically nondescript in almost every way."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
"Screenwriters, take note: Unless your story is a whodunit, it's an unforgivable flaw to telegraph early and often that, sometime during the final act, we should anticipate the proverbial rug to be pulled."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Though there's plenty of skill on display here, "The Chameleon" is one of those films that feels out of whack, as if it focuses too much energy on the wrong story, leaving a more interesting one in the background."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
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