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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 rdmw12
65
T2
na Mattsdmf
80
T7
na ichibansan
80
T7
na Maruf_Merru Maruf Merru
70
T5
na ebr ebr
61
T8
na KramYessev 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 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 emrah emrah
78
T8
na xnder x@nder
71
T8
na gabehabash gabehabash
50
T3
na Chukkamans
90
T10
na cloak 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 aa6264a
90
T7
na evrenpozan
71
T6
na Ezp Ludium
81
T8
na Mondarable Mondarable
9
T10
na Allynhi
60
T6
na orkunersin orkunersin
75
T8
na kakivsjok kakivsjok
80
T7
na exolstice exolstice
85
T8
na AFlickering AFlickering
2
T3
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 doomy1986 doomy1986
80
T8
na Gabriel_p
95
T10
na al bundy
79
T8
na sunno sunno
9
T9
na arvadak
60
T6
na Grimsrud
72
T3
na Corey M
70
T5
na Rael
85
T6
na Guernica Guernica
67
T8
na skamac
85
T9
na ladymcdeath ladymcdeath
83
T8
na gecko
90
T9
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 Holygrail2
90
T7
na CHOICECOD CHOICECOD
88
T9
na zweird
40
T1
na Tatsuya
93
T9
na senay erlichte
70
T7
na Achk
7
T8
na bacondudeman bacondudeman
85
T7
na mrkacmaz
81
T4
na whatisitisee
80
T8
na docbenway docbenway
60
T3
na HiResDes HiResDes
77
T8
na grodrig1
95
T9
na toytronicaz
64
T3
na ltjjj89 ltjjj89
80
T9
na comepelicula comepelicula
90
T10
na MrsEmmaPeel MrsEmmaPeel
88
T9
na whereismybox whereismybox
80
T8
na jdnolla
95
T10
na filmcricket
76
T9
na von_krogh von krogh
79
T9
One of the scariest films I've ever seen.
na PaulSandell
70
T7
na heljohnsn
63
T5
na juan.v
80
T6
na bizort
75
T7
Good story. Just feels like a really long episode of a police investigation show, though.
na Digger
88
T9
na spoiledff7
90
T10
na cRckls
70
T6
na jonas01radio jonas01radio
85
T9
na u7mit u7mit
81
T6
na da5id da5id
82
T8
na kemackelis
72
T5
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 doddsinator doddsinator
10
T10
na zunpre
80
T8
na kostas kostas
60
T8
na Evan_D Evan D
80
T7
na robbbbbie
71
T5
na prior prior
75
T4
na mightysparks mightysparks
60
T7
na numan numan
80
T7
na djemba djemba
80
T8
na denial
80
T9
na gargantua gargantua
85
T9
na letsgohoe letsgohoe
80
T7
they just wanted a hot piece of french ass tbh
na niksus777
82
T8
na Heen
90
T9
na podger13
70
T5
na dhildeb1
88
T10
na DangerByrne
85
T6
na krf7 krf7
65
T5
na JJ1986 JJ1986
60
T6
na filmcave
81
T9
na td888 td888
76
T7
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 johnatanjj johnatanjj
75
T5
na catfacer catfacer
76
T7
na zevel6
70
T10
na zerothh
80
T10
na Aron_Ericson Aron Ericson
69
T7
na Minxie
87
T8
na chemical404 chemical404
66
T8
DON'T READ ANYTHING ABOUT THIS FILM BEFORE WATCHING IT. This is really good life-stranger-than-fiction documentary that never ceases to surprise you. Somewhat similar to last years Catfish it sports a different, more serious tone and style. In the end, it doesn't go beyond interesting story well told, but there aren't too made of those to look this film over.
na Meta_Critic Meta Critic
77
T9
na snallygaster snallygaster
67
T8
I have a pretty hard heart and even I found this difficult to watch at times. I can't help think that the one extra angle introduced weakens the power of the story somewhat, but it is certainly interesting.
na jbissell jbissell
75
T5
na dsjoerdsma
75
T7
na EntertainMe
80
T8
My terrible first review (score: 40) "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." Ugh
na jebus19
73
T7
na XacK XacK
30
T1
na ibodirector
79
T8
na damlaergan damlaergan
80
T8
na Seethruskin Seethruskin
73
T7
na Moribunny Moribunny
70
T8
Fascinating on several levels.
na dtortum
85
T5
Hikaye cok cok guzel! Film biraz onun ekmegini yiyor sanki bi tik daha dusundurucu olabilirdi
na Iwantham Iwantham
78
T6
na megikiara
65
T5
na fizban
40
T2
na pmcatra
75
T7
na gam01 gam01
65
T5
na Prooffreader
75
T7
na nikolajrh nikolajrh
65
T7
na FlorVdE
2
T5
na ludvigsen ludvigsen
85
T10
na Mattam
67
T8
na DesertPunk 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 hazelhawks hazelhawks
84
T10
na spudding 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 future42
60
T3
na IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
75
T7
na pstrauss
95
T10
na jhmee8
89
T7
na Nygaard Nygaard
80
T9
na gauravpande
83
T5
na Lena_Surian Lena Surian
78
T3
na basquiat basquiat
78
T7
na rDin r.Din
30
T1
na denizozdag
80
T5
na deadcactu5 deadcactu5
75
T8
na halkas halkas
69
T8
na Kongald Kongald
72
T5
na anonconmatt anonconmatt
6
T8
na TheDave
80
T10
na Kortee Kortee
70
T7
When I started to think everything that was there to see has been seen - here they were getting my attention again.
na apm2091
70
T5
na jessforrest jessforrest
70
T6
na caro-fe
70
T7
na bob bob
76
T6
na sakuragirl sakuragirl
82
T9
na chknpk chknpk
60
T6
na ATLANTIS1 ATLANTIS1
0
T6
na DMCrimson DMCrimson
78
T6
na DLawrence
82
T8
na zigooloo
90
T9
na manifold manifold
60
T5
na felipelahm 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 mvsilva
90
T10
na Vassago Vassago
77
T8
na kastenm kastenm
75
T7
na getmoney
84
T8
The PI is awesome. Like out of a real gumshoe detective story.
na jetboy jetboy
80
T7
na notsothinman notsothinman
84
T8
na panchovilla
84
T7
na bones_r
80
T8
na thinkalot thinkalot
84
T7
na steekjelos
50
T1
na Harbinger
87
T7
na justingrima
80
T8
na bexter
9
T10
na chiphall72
78
T8
na LouisMazzini LouisMazzini
80
T9
na honeycuttwc
60
T5
na Whiggles
8
T8
na jphilade jphilade
78
T9
na Videodromsim
70
T5
na fzycow fzycow
88
T6
na Cowman Cowman
77
T9
na cherrorist cherrorist
72
T5
na NRM01
70
T9
na jonjj7
65
T5
na undinum undinum
80
T7
man, how awesome is that private eye? "THE EARS!!!"
na estragon
60
T6
na stoickov stoickov
80
T7
na homosuperior 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 Thejaff
82
T9
na natebarrios natebarrios
70
T5
na Johnny6Gun Johnny6Gun
45
T4
na chillout guzintekes
70
T8
na burakerolla
65
T3
na omeraksy omeraksy
75
T6
na hellacopter
83
T8
na DivineMrE DivineMrE
82
T9
na cmkrt
85
T7
na raven77
4
T6
na Inquisitor
20
T1
na schnofel schnofel
69
T7
na mamadoly mamadoly
50
T3
na HobbesZ HobbesZ
82
T8
na sonique
74
T8
na Jerky Jerky
75
T10
na reprise
75
T7
na begoniabol 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 SlantMag 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 axleblaze axleblaze
90
T8
A chilling and baffling film.
na Booziesioux Booziesioux
75
T6
na arif arif
70
T3
na Toke Za
60
T6
na Bunken Bunken
40
T3
Yes, the story is extremely special, but besides some great editing I didn't find The Imposter very interesting. Seemed like an extended version of a weekly unsolved crime show...
na Josh_Forrest Josh Forrest
65
T7
na norvaljones norval_jones
80
T6
na Bluladder
80
T7
na sengir sengir
81
T8
na wzw
60
T4
na bal3x bal3x
75
T8
na debaser1985
67
T5
na fenixdown fenixdown
81
T8
na Movida Movida
1
T6
na amichaz
90
T9
na sammosummo
80
T9
na Amember
9
T8
na Strangeluv Strangeluv
76
T7
na AlleyLights2
72
T7
na Laura2812 Laura2812
75
T5
na dequinix dequinix
70
T8
na meliorism meliorism
80
T8
na cdub12
64
T4
na Marx !Marx
74
T6
na b4con b4con
80
T6
na OziiX
75
T6
na TheSean
87
T9
na tinky
92
T7
na shanw shanw
83
T8
na hattrik
84
T7
na jbyn jbyn
90
T10
na bybertu bybertu
73
T5
na edaz
87
T7
na ozgurcagdas ozgurcagdas
79
T7
na Mawazh Mawazh
80
T7
na ecem
99
T8
na Gsaelzbaerle
75
T7
na AaronMartin AaronMartin
88
T10
na lexwhitfield
85
T10
na TheDiceman TheDiceman
70
T9
Very good.
na KMcNeil KMcNeil
6
T6
na esayar esayar
80
T6
na ozdemibr ozdemibr
83
T9
na dr_radical dr. radical
58
T7
na FoxyRussian 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 rainingest
90
T8
na H9k H9k
8
T8
na Vmfs
9
T9
na oldgoat
70
T6
Ends right where a truly great documentary would have been hitting the third act. Decent though.
na Sinemaestro Amadeus
68
T4
na cbaarck cbaarck
75
T6
na mjjoao
80
T8
na dst7175 dst7175
62
T5
What a great actor
na OzGrenouille OzGrenouille
89
T8
na AKS
73
T8
na kerolayn kerolayn
83
T8
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