The Imposter
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Nicholas was 13 the day he disappeared (June 13, 1994). He would have been 16 and 8 months when he was reported found in Spain (October 7, 1997)... In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always had, but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"You may begin to wonder if you aren't being conned by the movie yourself."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"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"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"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."
‑ Jason Buchanan, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is edge-of-your-seat stuff and the difficulty is in the telling of the tale. To give any of this film away is a crime. You simply have to see it for yourself."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
""The Imposter" is one of the best films of the year."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The Imposter at every stage reveals another layer of the bizarreness of which human beings are capable."
‑ Rima Sabina Aouf, Concrete Playground
"The film looks like many a television crime series, and is as manipulative. With no disclaimer or separation, its method screams that this is full honest fact."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The most fascinating aspect of the movie is why the missing boy's family believed the imposter's story."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"You couldn't make this stuff up - and no one would buy it as fiction. But as a documentary, it's a different matter."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The Imposter has many lessons; for the rest of us, it reinforces the golden rule: never assume anything about anyone"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Few films in the past year have matched the narrative cunning of Bart Layton's captivating true-crime documentary..."
‑ Aaron Yap,
"A gripping thriller, heartbreaking family drama, and fascinating true-crime saga all in one package."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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