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The Imposter (2012)
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Summary: A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who went missing for 3 years. (imdb)
Country: UK, USA
Directed By: Bart Layton
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na Meta Critic
77
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na bob
76
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na knuth
80
T8
na BoywithDog
94
T9
na methad1
79
T7
na ludvigsen
85
T10
na K.Ozan
70
T6
na KasperL
80
T9
Suspenseful and probably the most entertaining documentary I've seen. The narration held me in its grip throughout and there are some nice twists and turns. The denouement is less than amazing but the film, though it's hard to believe, is about real life events, after all. It's beyond insane that this really happened.
na schnofel
69
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na whitejeft
86
T7
na HiResDes
77
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na sengir
81
T8
na Hylian
76
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na Gody85
61
T8
na SirEvo
80
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na osm
83
T7
na admzt
85
T8
na Jelly
84
T9
na Nygaard
80
T9
na Cweile
65
T6
na ilyaoblomov
70
T8
na johnatanjj
75
T5
na Corey M
70
T5
na Choni
78
T4
na y.caliskan
70
T6
na dtortum
85
T5
Hikaye cok cok guzel! Film biraz onun ekmegini yiyor sanki bi tik daha dusundurucu olabilirdi
na zevel6
70
T10
na MrsEmmaPeel
88
T9
na Whiggles
8
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na filmcricket
76
T9
na Grimsrud
72
T3
na Paynetrain
89
T10
na halkas
69
T7
na Kianoto
78
T9
na GoodMovie
75
T7
na hattrik
84
T7
na NRM01
70
T9
na SunMonkey
75
T5
na ibodirector
79
T7
na Mondarable
9
T10
na JJ1986
60
T6
na Obdurate
92
T10
Knowing nothing about the real case I didn't know what to expect. I liked the premise and wanted to see what came from it. Turns out this is a pretty complex docu-thriller, and not what I thought at all. It draws you into the world of a pathological liar/identity theft, goes from being a gripping tale of a family and loss to a true-crime movie. Like his identity, you're left wondering what the truth is in all of this, what happened to Nicholas?
na undinum
80
T7
man, how awesome is that private eye? "THE EARS!!!"
na ctavares
70
T6
na TMDaines
90
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na dougsiu
78
T7
na kakivsjok
80
T7
na Wezzo
93
T9
Absolutely mesmerising from start to finish, The Imposter plays out stunningly, yet inevitably.
na CHOICECOD
88
T9
na jnmovie
87
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na Holygrail2
90
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na PotemkinFC
60
T4
na pmcatra
75
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na Moribunny
70
T8
Fascinating on several levels.
na Abraham
70
T6
na jjack229
74
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na kkarsan
65
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na WalkenRoll
75
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Very interesting, and the re enactments don't take away from this true story. Great editing, but at times you'll question it...
na jcs
85
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na beware
85
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na guvolefou
80
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na td888
76
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Life is stranger than fiction. I don't want to give out spoilers, but the way the ending is edited had me sitting at the edge of my seat... All in all a fascinating watch and kudos for all the people involved to cooperate with the making of this documentary.
na Kekton
45
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na Achk
7
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na aa6264a
90
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na PeaceAnarchy
86
T9
This is an example of a fantastic and unbelievable story given just the right treatment. The film doesn't heighten the drama or play manipulative games, but it does turn an already strange story about a man pretending to be an abducted teenager into something even stranger. The main players are sympathetic but also a bit dubious and there's always a hook pushing you towards the next revelation.
na Mattam
67
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na Guernica
67
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na scanscalan
80
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na nikolajrh
65
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na KMcNeil
6
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na freakazoid
74
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na d_drudges
40
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Not really a documentary at all, The Imposter is more of a fictionalized movie supposedly based on a true story. The subject is interesting, but the decision to obfuscate the line between real and "dramatized" footage and leave the audience no way of knowing what is actually true makes the film a farce.
na Hölle
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na jbyn
90
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na Astralgod
63
T2
na 35mm
90
na dsjoerdsma
75
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na axleblaze
90
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A chilling and baffling film.
na DLawrence
82
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na delgado
75
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na stimes19
90
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na stoickov
80
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na Yuma
4
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na FoxyRussian
94
T9
A fantastic documentary that has twist and turns. Sadly the ending is a little rushed (some of it for stylistic choices, others parts because I don't why...)
na Pingy
90
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na TJinAustin
80
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na ok292
83
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na jbourne84
88
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na Chukkamans
90
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na tinysausage
67
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Impeccably edited account of a remarkable tale. I did feel a bit cheated though: you wonder how the filmmaker is going to resolve the burning question of why the family embraced this man, and Layton hints at a sinister reason, but in the end doesn't follow through. Strangely, the pathological liar at the centre of this story comes across as the most believable character.
na elikfrom
75
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na thinkalot
84
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na maksler
4
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na gokhanince
86
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na ezpkns34
70
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na avgcrtckr
71
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na jdnolla
95
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na Budhisattva
73
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na Mawazh
80
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na TychoCelchuu
59
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na mattnawrocki
80
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na kayhanoktav
74
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na korbenPL
47
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na thewire
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na PaRaNoYa7
78
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na Harbinger
87
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na DMCrimson
78
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na Zygrunte
80
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na Thejaff
82
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na RotciV
75
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na TheSean
87
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na cdub12
64
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na LesterGroans
78
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na sonique
74
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na laika
76
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na barsch
75
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na cambelboy
77
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na doomy1986
80
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na adamreid1
94
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na B.2
65
T9
Fascinating story, adeptly narrated.
na fahasch
95
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na myfavchords
81
T8
This is a really interesting documentary. The film is interesting the entire way and it raises several interesting questions. Unfortunately the film leaves you wanting to known what happened to one person at the end but because it is based on real events we do not know what actually happened. I definitely recommend this well made documentary.
na ifragment
75
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na sinanokn
88
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na nrm5
70
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na cbaarck
75
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na Llanirev
70
T6
na doughbaron
76
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na DivineMrE
82
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na anders55j
60
T5
na Heen
90
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na donofthedead
74
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na Vassago
77
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na tom_dl
63
T3
na b4con
80
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na aurora
73
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na sebasbuchner
84
T9
na FiratCelebi
78
T4
na thefriedone
100
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na IrishCassidy
70
T6
na bown
84
T8
Bourdin is just an incredible character. His playful, smug retelling of the whole tale elevates the movie so much. Perhaps a little too dramatised and selective - they definitely deliberately picked parts where the family came off as stupid - but the movie's still tense as shit and legitimately unbelievable.
na von krogh
79
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na ichibansan
80
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na getmoney
84
T8
The PI is awesome. Like out of a real gumshoe detective story.
na DallasSD
85
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na Minxie
87
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na pain20040
80
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na anonconmatt
6
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na Ag0stoMesmer
4
T10
This doc had a lot going on; FFSing at the authorities, entertaining eccentrics -Boss Hogg detective was ace, knots of trauma and delusion. Fascinating stuff.
na geeenuh
70
T3
na Daffy6964
79
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na frnk23
77
T9
love to know what happened. nice to hear from the people involved after hearing such an outlandish story. who to believe?
na CarsonWid
76
T8
It started very slowly and I just felt like everyone was trying to make themself seem awesome or at least not as stupid as they looked, but it built up to a very good ending and turned out to be quite interesting...if not for the story, then for the filmmaking
na mrkacmaz
81
T4
na Vmfs
9
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na trougnouf
60
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na Tester
66
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na norval_jones
80
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na Blachut
65
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na Risselada
85
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na incisor
80
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na LetterRip
0
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na dr. radical
58
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na thehynes
55
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Frédéric Bourdin seems like a truly vile man.As for the story - bizarre. Hard to know what to think.Poor Nicholas
na emrah
78
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na joebocop
82
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na robotkarate
75
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na pietias231
83
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na prior
75
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na Kongald
72
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na Kobi2
80
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na KeanuGrieves
90
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na denial
80
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na hellacopter
83
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na gam01
65
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na Spunkie
70
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na kerolayn
83
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na NhanLa
70
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na Gordon Cole
84
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na sg31873
85
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na numbersix_99
81
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na brandonpcv
78
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na Emmcooke
8
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na Kortee
70
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When I started to think everything that was there to see has been seen - here they were getting my attention again.
na anselmo
15
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na dzacharyt
14
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na capodelnulla
85
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na TAYLOR-MANIA
90
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na mjjoao
80
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na filmcave
81
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na kostas
60
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na Cro$by
85
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na Baby Fish
7
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0_o
na Prooffreader
75
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na Toke Za
60
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na BaconDrew
87
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na LB94
80
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na ltjjj89
80
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na salty dog
76
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na TarantinOle
84
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na r.Din
30
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na OziiX
75
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na tradingair
8
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na danieu
80
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na future42
60
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na Fatchrisb
78
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na cmkrt
85
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na sakuragirl
82
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na onuryilyang
81
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na AlleyLights2
72
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na fdurgan
90
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na alik
90
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na damil
80
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It ended up being a whole lot more interesting and messed up than I anticipated. I enjoyed watching it a lot. It was very compelling and even nerve-wracking. It’s a pretty insane story, and it’s hard to believe it’s true. The film was very well-made, with great editing and effective use of dramatisations. I definitely recommend this.
na kyle.loomis
8
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na rafa_livrari
75
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na Gaile
65
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na divxcimcime
8
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na heljohnsn
63
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na billy shears
70
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na Booziesioux
75
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na MentalCritic
75
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na Aron Ericson
69
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na catfacer
76
T7
na Onix Verumi
80
T7
na akjn
70
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na drummerx357
96
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na caiman
52
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I went into this with some misconceptions. For whatever reason I was expecting a much more intelligent, eerie depiction of a strange crime, with perhaps a touch of Exit Through the Gift Shop style meta-reality. But that's not what this is; rather it's a fairly generic crime story that you'd be likely to see on prime time TV. True the polished style sets it beyond that stylistically, but the level of involvement I felt was nothing greater than that of a 15 minute Dateline NBC story.
na bmmello
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na Niksterino
90
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na dforman
90
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na bellafilm
89
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na notsothinman
84
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na zurnzurn
80
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na panchovilla
84
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na toro913
88
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na kubrick86
78
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na mrmrulus
88
T8
na Maruf Merru
70
T5
na djemba
80
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na Pursus
45
T2
This is a "truth is stranger than fiction" doc that is legit in the beginning. Midway through, it makes some bold allegations. Then, due to the editing of the final scene with the P.I. it effectively ends on a cliffhanger. I'm not really cool with a documentary that presents things like that. If it's a fictional movie, fine, but if you are making a legitimate documentary you have a responsibility to present the facts even if they don't support your allegations or aren't as entertaining.
na cangogs
79
T7
na redfrost
50
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na mkellins
60
T6
Fairly interesting portrayal of an unbelievable story. To fully appreciate it don't read anything about the story beforehand.
na beast
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na Strangeluv
76
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na HobbesZ
82
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na hknrgn
81
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na ConradGamma
60
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na jonjj7
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