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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 creck
70
T6
na dforman
90
T10
na ConradGamma
60
T6
na Quimbo
82
T9
Unbelievable... there is almost definitely more to this story, and it's frustrating that the truth has never come out.
na jspidah
80
T9
na DavidBlast
70
T7
The story has such a rich tapestry of bizarre circumstances that the highly stylized way in which it is told becomes a terrible distraction. The overambitious cinematography betrays Layton's apparent lack of trust in the material, as he reaches for a 'Capturing the Friedmands' kind of openness towards the end. Haha. That final crane shot alone; what circus clowns the participants must have felt like.
na spudding
58
T3
Mildly interesting. Many may like it but for me it should have been a real documentary. No much more to say about it. I will recommend watching if you are into psychology and thrillers at the same time.
na muratkrks
77
T8
na damlaergan
80
T8
na annie
77
T9
na Kongald
72
T5
na undinum
80
T7
man, how awesome is that private eye? "THE EARS!!!"
na panchovilla
84
T7
na Videodromsim
70
T5
na kdove
70
T4
na Inquisitor
20
T1
na zenmovie
86
T10
Drama and suspense that Hollywood would pay millions for - and it's all a true story. Edge-of-your-seat fascinating.
na LesterGroans
78
T8
na gam01
65
T5
na Pecota
85
T8
na whatisitisee
80
T8
na delgado
75
T8
na gecko
90
T9
na JooJoo
5
T5
na Corey M
70
T5
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 lawngreen
72
T8
na rafa_livrari
75
T6
na JJ1986
60
T6
na wisehorn
95
T6
na Risselada
85
T9
na ctavares
70
T6
na godmonster
80
T8
na Prooffreader
75
T7
na exolstice
85
T8
na Kobi2
80
T6
na Astralgod
63
T2
na Soulmate
69
T4
na robixsmash
80
T9
na krf7
65
T5
na Gabriel_p
95
T10
na beast
8
T10
na toytronicaz
64
T3
na standardchin
90
T10
na PaRaNoYa7
78
T9
na IMDb-byvotes
75
T7
na joebocop
82
T8
na Aron Ericson
69
T7
na dequinix
70
T8
na zurnzurn
80
T9
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 denial
80
T9
na ozdemibr
83
T9
na ok292
83
T9
na kerolayn
83
T8
na thinkalot
84
T7
na grodrig1
95
T9
na blahzor
90
T10
na WalkenRoll
75
T7
Very interesting, and the re enactments don't take away from this true story. Great editing, but at times you'll question it...
na harlingtoxad
80
T8
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 DesertPunk
83
T9
The Imposter is emotionally complex in such a disturbing way. Every time you form an opinion, it's changed in a second by one word or one image that feels like a punch in the face. This is how you make a documentary.
na bones_r
80
T8
na pisser
65
T6
na soraxtm
90
T10
na Jazzaloha
56
T2
Maybe I'm missing something, but it basically seemed like a typical episode of Unsolved Mysteries. The film could have benefited from exploring what made some one of the central characters tick; the fact that there is little information and clues at the end of the film also disappointed me(predicated score: 72)
na Merc
65
T3
na zevel6
70
T10
na von krogh
79
T9
na omeraksy
75
T6
na gargantua
85
T9
na NRM02
85
T10
na Booziesioux
75
T6
na bellafilm
89
T10
na Telemecus
70
T9
Tedious at first - only got interesting with the second crime possibility.
na Abraham
70
T6
na mavrodief
70
T7
na nocebo
67
T8
na Achk
7
T8
na Rocko
80
T8
na peaceloveska
80
T6
na dtortum
85
T5
Hikaye cok cok guzel! Film biraz onun ekmegini yiyor sanki bi tik daha dusundurucu olabilirdi
na anselmo
15
T5
na megikiara
65
T5
na FunkyAstro
70
T7
Seriously? Only in Texas I suppose.
na Gaile
65
T7
na Nygaard
80
T9
na IchBinFrei
83
T8
na jbissell
75
T5
na auhasarderik
55
T6
na Josh Forrest
65
T7
na Gladstone
7
T9
na SlantMag
25
T7
"The film shrewdly opts not to proffer its own hypothesis about the true reasons behind the Gibson family buying Frédéric Bourdin's story." - Nick Schager
na JaclynMarie
97
T8
na Zeboim
20
T1
Fake and plodding.
na Tester
66
T7
na Ariaz
67
T4
na freakazoid
74
T7
na ichibansan
80
T7
na robotkarate
75
T8
na zunpre
64
T7
na ZombieBuffet
70
T8
na pmcatra
75
T7
na fizban
40
T2
na Parexus2
76
T7
na themadelf66
78
T7
na patman
80
T9
na Maruf Merru
70
T5
na gemma2809
81
T8
na beware
85
T6
na Eglaia
70
T7
Wow, I guess life IS stranger than fiction. What a compelling story, although I think the documentary might be slightly on the side of the imposter as in the end we see that he is a very, very deceiving person, we are not told of this until the very end and it makes you think of the family as murderers. Which they might be, but a documentary has to be more objective. Really well shot, edited and told story. A little bit mainstream but still a great watch.
na Johnny6Gun
45
T4
na laika
76
T7
na JimmyLeresky
77
T8
na Chukkamans
90
T10
na AlleyLights2
72
T7
na podger13
70
T5
na axleblaze
90
T8
A chilling and baffling film.
na doctorjay
87
T5
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 fenixdown
81
T8
na hattrik
84
T7
na Kianoto
78
T9
na djemba
80
T8
na cloque
8
T8
na NRM03
73
T8
na B.2
65
T9
Fascinating story, adeptly narrated.
na Iwantham
78
T6
na cmiles
86
T8
na knuth
80
T8
na dcphillips
82
T5
na BaconDrew
87
T9
na basquiat
78
T7
na blueriddle
65
T4
na natebarrios
70
T5
na da5id
85
T8
na x@nder
71
T8
na Daffy6964
79
T5
na mrkacmaz
81
T4
na EntertainMe
40
T3
Completely wicked premise stretched painfully out to 90 minutes. Very well-shot B-footage. Probably could have worked better as a full-on dramatization, actually, and I rarely say that.
na kemackelis
72
T5
na mrmrulus
88
T8
na Jerky
75
T10
na ldsix
80
T8
na xAvengedKx
86
T10
na forehead1
70
T9
Well-directed one-watch doc that fully immerses you in the story from beginning to end. Includes plenty of honest testimony from the main players, while successfully keeping you guessing about all of them. The re-enactment scenes are used sparingly and interspersed well too. 'The dig' was a bit of a tease though.
na cbaarck
75
T6
na guzintekes
70
T8
na Budhisattva
73
T4
na jhmee8
89
T7
na guvolefou
80
T8
na u7mit
81
T6
na arif
70
T3
na mCihhh
80
T9
na whitejeft
86
T7
na rainingest
90
T8
na anildemirhan
82
T6
na symatak
90
T9
na AceySaid10%
85
T9
na Diogoweb
86
T9
na honeycuttwc
60
T5
na hellboy76
69
T8
na Serok Sartre
83
T8
na Wezzo
93
T9
Absolutely mesmerising from start to finish, The Imposter plays out stunningly, yet inevitably.
na cdalepirate
80
T9
na caiman
52
T2
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 AKS
73
T8
na FreddieQuell
84
T9
na C12H17N2O4P
78
T8
na sonique
74
T8
na TMDaines
90
T10
na guyeverton
87
T8
na Cowman
77
T9
na TJinAustin
80
T7
na Digger
88
T9
na hazelhawks
84
T10
na filmcricket
76
T9
na HiResDes
77
T8
na Vasily
70
T5
na doddsinator
10
T10
na cyhnqcl
69
T5
na dr. radical
58
T7
na jonjj7
65
T5
na bizort
75
T7
Good story. Just feels like a really long episode of a police investigation show, though.
na nikolajrh
65
T7
na fzycow
88
T6
na jeff_v
73
T8
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 b4con
80
T6
na SirEvo
80
T7
na tom20
81
T8
na sebasbuchner
84
T9
na cRckls
70
T6
na boao
80
T8
na ckirkman
70
T8
na Henrik
80
T8
Love the way the film takes color entirely from its lying-his-ass-off subject. By the end of the film we are just as confused as the police, judges and other authorities must have been.
na ecem
99
T8
na twincinema
80
T8
na turgay
76
T7
na mkellins
60
T6
Fairly interesting portrayal of an unbelievable story. To fully appreciate it don't read anything about the story beforehand.
na twhitcomb91
88
T8
na korbenPL
47
T6
na thebalkabaa
80
T9
na estragon
60
T6
na Onix Verumi
80
T7
na mamadoly
50
T3
na MentalCritic
75
T8
na Ryan Lueders
87
T8
A very cool documentary about a Texas family who welcomes a complete stranger into their home. A 23 year old French man pretends to be a teenage missing boy from Texas. His stories are elaborate and shocking. This is definitely a great movie to watch if you like unsolved mysteries or murder cases. The whole thing is done very well. My biggest complaint is that you have more questions than answers by the end. Just remember to look at people's ears, that's how you really tell who is who.
na anonconmatt
6
T8
na ifragment
75
T7
na Tatsuya
93
T9
na insane
71
T8
na Pingy
90
T8
na KeanuGrieves
10
T10
na holdingemail
73
T6
na adamreid1
94
T9
na Bojangles
80
T9
na dsjoerdsma
75
T7
na BlancaRosa
50
T6
na scanscalan
80
T6
na jetboy
80
T7
na notsothinman
84
T8
na damil
80
T9
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 Gsaelzbaerle
75
T7
na Moribunny
70
T8
Fascinating on several levels.
na HobbesZ
82
T8
na cambel
77
T7
na ruben88
80
T6
na FiratCelebi
78
T4
na begoniabol
82
T9
Truly fascinating and blew my mind. Seems like a movie, but it really happened. Knew nothing about it, so if you don't, check it out. It's unbelievable
na OziiX
75
T6
na Meta Critic
77
T9
na skamac
85
T9
na rannydoscoe
75
T4
na lo-fi
66
T6
na AlexanderMG
91
T8
na AFlickering
2
T4
its manipulation is too transparent; my all-encompassing suspicion prevented me from falling into the trap of mirroring the family's confirmation bias (and feeling implicated by that final shot). linklater's superior 'bernie' forced me to adopt the town's perspective with an innocuous tone echoing bernie's homely, earnest charm; i didn't feel manipulated, so i wasn't suspicious. mcconaughey's disgust left me feeling chastened and unsettled. 'the imposter' just left me feeling smarter than it.
na faruksongur
78
T6
na VerticalGunn
86
T8
na dougsiu
78
T7
na buak
70
T5
Agustos 2013, Cesme & Filmin sonlarina dogru hissedilen gerilimli atmosferinin etkileyici oldugunu dusunuyorum. Bunu vermek konusunda basarili bir is. Lakin bundan ote de bir deger tasimiyor. Tortum'un dedigi gibi; hikaye guzel ve film de biraz onun ekmegini yiyor gibi.
na sg31873
85
T10
na pietias231
83
T9
na upagainst
86
T5
na odessey
70
T7
na FancyClown
86
T10
na Paynetrain
89
T10
na jbourne84
88
T7
na jimmyjazz
75
T7
na Choni
78
T4
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