The Chameleon
The Chameleon (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 8, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2011
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Nick Schager
Time Out

Characterized by a consistent scarcity of both drama and suspense.

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Dennis Harvey

The execution falls short of its full potential.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

We see the impostor's trickery but not the pain driving it.

Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Salomé and co-writer Natalie Carter offer some explanatory psychology, but the complexities remain underdeveloped. Still, you won't be bored.

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Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

On the surface, The Chameleon reeks of contrived melodrama, cinematically nondescript in almost every way.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 22% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Low budget, not too shabby story elaborating on true events. This was based on a truly weird real-life character..a boy/man who takes on the identity of… More
Sarah Prisbylla
In theory, this sounds like such a good movie, but I was really disappointed with it. There was really no depth to "Nicholas" or the family… More
Manu Gino
You can't die twice. This film to me was stressful to watch. I was bored and eagerly for it to end so I could finally know what the hell was it about. The… More
Christopher Haskell
From the start, I had a hard time latching on to the main character and not because of great writing or directing, but because the actor was simply not… More