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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 TraverseTown
90
T9
na grodrig1
95
T9
na TMDaines
90
T10
na honeycuttwc
60
T5
na BlancaRosa
50
T6
na LetterRip
0
T1
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 ruben88
80
T6
na SunMonkey
75
T5
na DLawrence
82
T8
na Zabby91
1
T6
na ugur
7
T6
na iwalke
74
T5
na zmt311
81
T9
na darkpoet
60
T6
na Conor_C96
81
T7
na bizort
75
T7
Good story. Just feels like a really long episode of a police investigation show, though.
na KMcNeil
6
T6
na dcphillips
82
T5
na filmaffinity
67
T7
na kdove
70
T4
na B.2
65
T9
Fascinating story, adeptly narrated.
na delgado
75
T8
na Minxie
87
T8
na elifish
70
T5
na orkunersin
75
T8
na freakazoid
74
T7
na Whiggles
8
T8
na MrsEmmaPeel
88
T9
na mentos81
83
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 TarantinOle
84
T9
na tom20
81
T8
na Wezzo
93
T9
Absolutely mesmerising from start to finish, The Imposter plays out stunningly, yet inevitably.
na joebocop
82
T8
na ratedargh
75
T6
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 roonay3k
72
T8
na trougnouf
60
T2
na AKS
73
T8
na robbie3012
8
T8
na rdmw12
65
T3
na shanw
83
T8
na Risselada
85
T9
na nrm4
74
T9
na playajay
90
T10
na Mondarable
9
T10
na jhmee8
89
T7
na BaconDrew
87
T9
na ceja
65
T7
na cdub12
64
T4
na Lena Surian
78
T3
na Faceplant
80
T8
na vmboudreau
70
T9
na meredull
82
T7
na RetinaScan
95
T9
na Ludium
81
T8
na homosuperior
85
T8
This fascinating account of how a 23-year old French scam artist, Frederic Bourdin, impersonated a missing 16-year old boy from Texas, going so far as to be accepted by the boy's family, moving in with them but finally being made by a private investigator and an initially clueless FBI agent, has all kinds of things to suggest about identity, grief, the presentation of self, deception and self-deception, guilt and survival, mostly of the American kind. Recommended.
na pietias231
83
T9
na TychoCelchuu
59
T2
na PotemkinFC
60
T4
na hellacopter
83
T8
na natebarrios
70
T5
na Nygaard
80
T9
na struizzle
78
T8
na Winternight
75
T10
na y.caliskan
70
T6
na LB94
80
T7
na kkarsan
65
T7
na osm
83
T7
na ZombieBuffet
70
T8
na felipelahm
54
T4
The hype is there, but The Imposter, since its very beginning, when the film is fastly rewinded after the introduction and a Discovery Channel-like dramatization is staged, feels like a documentary that is always attempting to overcome the interest on its main subject, a french con artist that manages to fool spanish policemen, the FBI and a family of a missing child and even accuse this same family or killing this kid when he realizes his cover is no longer believable. Tricky, but not bright.
na mattnawrocki
80
T7
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 dhildeb1
88
T10
na cmkrt
85
T7
na Prooffreader
75
T7
na Emmcooke
8
T8
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 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 KramYessev
84
T10
This is probably the closest a film has to come to "scaring" me since I realised that films aren't scary. The story itself is terrifying enough but it increases tenfold upon the realisation that this is an actual documentary (I went into this completely blind). Incredibly well made and a fascinating, nail-biting experience. One of this years best.
na bprosser10
6
T6
na mightysparks
60
T7
na sagantyson
8
T6
na FancyClown
86
T10
na Evan D
80
T7
na hattrik
84
T7
na DivineMrE
82
T9
na niksus777
82
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na dramat
77
T8
na robbbbbie
71
T5
na puff
4
T9
na ladymcdeath
83
T8
na yoohoo
75
T5
na Bluladder
80
T7
na adamreid1
94
T9
na avgcrtckr
71
T9
na ecem
99
T8
na burakerolla
65
T3
na Achk
7
T8
na ichibansan
80
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na whatisitisee
80
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na cRckls
70
T6
na shlebede
90
T9
na jimmyjazz
75
T7
na anselmo
15
T5
na lavmiyu
81
T7
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 damlaergan
80
T8
na Bandy
70
T4
na Telemecus
70
T9
Tedious at first - only got interesting with the second crime possibility.
na vordven
80
T7
na arif
70
T3
na bones_r
80
T8
na auhasarderik
55
T6
na anonconmatt
6
T8
na maroline
76
T6
na kyle.loomis
8
T9
na harlingtoxad
80
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 ldpfilm
82
T9
na onuryilyang
81
T8
na emree
80
T4
na cloak
65
T7
an incredible, unnerving, mysterious story. told with the grooming and near tonelessness that you might expect from this type of co-production documentary.
na tinysausage
67
T4
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 fdurgan
90
T6
na alpturgut
86
T8
na Niksterino
90
T10
na Abraham
70
T6
na shaphappy
80
T5
na gwynplaine
80
T6
na dustin
70
T6
na wrigoo
85
T9
na balcis
80
T5
na Josh Forrest
65
T7
na jbissell
75
T5
na JJ1986
60
T6
na Kerc
25
T8
na thinkalot
84
T7
na ezpkns34
70
T9
na holdingemail
73
T6
na billy shears
70
T5
na al bundy
79
T8
na Jelly
84
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na ferrvq
80
T4
na dogus37
71
T8
na cloque
8
T8
na aa6264a
90
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na sebasbuchner
84
T9
na brandonpcv
78
T8
na JimmyLeresky
77
T8
na insane
71
T8
na The_Serdar
80
T6
na gabehabash
50
T3
na fhmc
82
T5
na pmcatra
75
T7
na HobbesZ
82
T7
na Digger
88
T9
na pstrauss
95
T10
na gam01
65
T5
na tunasky
99
T10
na pain20040
80
T7
na Arithaniel
7
T7
na twincinema
80
T8
na Cowman
77
T9
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 djemba
80
T8
na Zeboim
20
T1
Fake and plodding.
na lauratron
70
T5
na Cweile
65
T6
na jonjj7
65
T5
na jetboy
80
T7
na ckirkman
70
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na nikolajrh
65
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na RotciV
75
T6
na jphilade
78
T9
na cengizermis
75
T7
na cyhnqcl
69
T5
na Fatchrisb
78
T6
na IMDb-byvotes
75
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na sebby
75
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na Amember
9
T8
na whitejeft
86
T7
na krf7
65
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na kayhanoktav
74
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na soraxtm
90
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na Mr. Metro
86
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na katsuben
4
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na Cerebrus
80
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na fth.d
75
T8
na kerolayn
83
T8
na blueriddle
65
T4
na laika
76
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na HiResDes
77
T8
na Guernica
67
T8
na Mawazh
80
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na hknrgn
81
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na Siyad
27
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na doughbaron
76
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na demrahc13
84
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na Littlepip
80
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na redfrost
50
T5
na sunno
9
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na basquiat
78
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na faruksongur
78
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na methad1
79
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na Kobi2
80
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na Ariaz
67
T4
na jbourne84
88
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na Mattam
67
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na blucthulhu
70
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na Vasily
70
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na Soulmate
69
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na frajer
68
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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 BoywithDog
94
T9
na Gordon Cole
84
T8
na docbenway
60
T3
na r.Din
30
T1
na gemma2809
81
T8
na chiphall72
78
T7
na ozdemibr
83
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na cslh1
80
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na DMCrimson
78
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na dougsiu
78
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na lawngreen
72
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na Corey M
70
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na esayar
80
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na reprise
75
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na beckot
50
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na TAYLOR-MANIA
90
T7
na robotkarate
75
T8
na manifold
60
T5
na aurora
73
T8
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 erlichte
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na ludvigsen
85
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na Bojangles
80
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na trip9
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na odessey
70
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na michaels
80
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na educhristoph
85
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na sherlock1024
85
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na Choni
78
T4
na chknpk
60
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na blahzor
90
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na Kongald
72
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na pisser
65
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na Onix Verumi
80
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na ericdupont
65
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