The Imposter
The Imposter (2012)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 13, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite its true-crime trappings, The Imposter is an utterly gripping and sometimes heartbreaking documentary thriller cleverly told with narrative flair.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

You may begin to wonder if you aren't being conned by the movie yourself.

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Tom Charity
Sight and Sound

More than anything it's Layton's storytelling acumen that impresses - the movie unfolds like a psychological thriller, and in the second half effects a chilling twist on its own inherent implausibility.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

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.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The Imposter" is one of the best films of the year.

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The most fascinating aspect of the movie is why the missing boy's family believed the imposter's story.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

You couldn't make this stuff up - and no one would buy it as fiction. But as a documentary, it's a different matter.

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Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground

The Imposter at every stage reveals another layer of the bizarreness of which human beings are capable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It is hard to believe that this shocking, unbelievable true story actually happened, since what begins as an apparently simple case of imposture turns out to be… More
Michael S
"The Imposter" is one of the best, most memorable, and most unnerving documentaries I have ever seen; a masterclass of it's format. It's… More
Letitia Lew
I wish they hadn't given away the impostor thing in the beginning, but the storytelling and suspense creation was masterful. For a documentary, this… More
Idrees Khan
A true crime story with so many twists and turns you might think it was scripted. Well executed documentary that does its best to take an objective point of… More
familiar stranger
It'd have been even better if they'd made a movie based on these events. The interviews, at times, shatter the involvement with the documentary film.… More
Dan Schultz
An unsettling, almost unbelievable true story of a young boy who disappeared from San Antonio, Texas in 1994 only to resurface in 1997 in Spain and be returned… More