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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)

Genres: Suspense/Thriller, Documentary, Biography

Country: UK, USA

Directed By: Bart Layton

Starring: Ken Appledom, Debbie Jennings, Adam O'Brian, Anthony Zanlungo, Anna Ruben, Cathy Dresbach, Frédéric Bourdin

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The Imposter belongs to 31 collections
1. Netflix Instant (public: moderated by somnivore - 26 stars)
2. List: Empire's five star movies (public: moderated by KasperL - 14 stars)
3. Films available in HD (public: moderated by kubricksucks - 10 stars)
4. True crime (public: moderated by djross - 4 stars)
5. Orange & Teal (public: moderated by shalev - 3 stars)
6. Impersonation / False Identity (public: moderated by nauru - 3 stars)
7. Texas (public: moderated by Pickpocket)
8. Subset Wishlist (public: moderated by altelumi)
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14. 2012 US Theatrical (private: DrBroel)
15. Movies to See: Documentaries (private: Lord Moe)
16. 2012, Best of (private: Matthew Parkinson)
17. 2012 Missing (private: mg7film)


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estragon
60T6
thehynes thehynes
55T5
Frédéric Bourdin seems like a truly vile man.As for the story - bizarre. Hard to know what to think.Poor Nicholas
basef6
9T9
tommi26
79T5
jbissell jbissell
75T5
mamadoly mamadoly
50T2
Choni Choni
78T4
OzGrenouille OzGrenouille
89T8
sengir sengir
81T8
fzycow fzycow
88T7
hellbikeart
74T7
false10
80T8
annie annie
77T9
SnoopyStyle
80T9
humbertogzz
83T9
blahzor blahzor
90T10
scanscalan
80T6
mvsilva
90T10
ahmetemre
81T9
NRM03
73T8
ozgurcagdas ozgurcagdas
79T7
thiemen
6T6
Clsco
60T1
creck creck
70T6
stoickov stoickov
80T7
chiefg chiefg
65T5
nrm4
74T9
NeseOzcan NeseOzcan
71T6
junana
70T6
1903 1903
70T6
Pugs4Less Pugs4Less
90T8
dr_radical dr. radical
58T7
FitFortDanga MartinTeller
79T7
pstrauss
95T10
TheDave
80T10
ddrudges d_drudges
40T5
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.
orphanarium
88T9
rockway
78T9
AKS
73T8
thinkalot thinkalot
84T7
rDin r.Din
30T1
da5id da5id
82T8
jphilade jphilade
79T9
thecritic7
60T6
Quimbo Quimbo
82T9
Unbelievable... there is almost definitely more to this story, and it's frustrating that the truth has never come out.
DivineMrE DivineMrE
82T9
Jerky Jerky
75T10
gecko
90T9
filmaffinity filmaffinity
71T9
Grimsrud
72T3
Tova Tova
75T9
meredull
82T7
robixsmash
80T9
Mattam
67T8
johnatanjj johnatanjj
75T5
Chueco_cine
72T8
deadcactu5 deadcactu5
75T8
burakerolla
65T3
ldpfilm
81T9
peaceloveska
80T6
token_kiwi
90T9
mentos81 mentos81
80T8
Digger
88T9
cengizermis cengizermis
75T7
Thejaff
82T9
bluephantom
81T7
pmcatra
75T7
dunetails
85T9
starkist777
84T8
doomy1986 doomy1986
80T8
bizort
75T7
Good story. Just feels like a really long episode of a police investigation show, though.
LordCouture
64T2
Josh_Forrest Josh Forrest
65T7
Sinemaestro Amadeus
68T4
Ryan_Lueders Ryan Lueders (ReelRyan)
87T8
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.
ichibansan
80T7
educhristoph educhristoph
85T10
balcis
80T5
Minxie
87T8
zulfiraja
100T10
dequinix dequinix
70T8
parmesan parmesan
78T7
Fatchrisb Fatchrisb
78T6
egates
66T5
admin buttercup
7T6
podger13
70T5
Ashetails
85T8
whereismybox whereismybox
80T8
beckot
50T2
kaan26 kaan26
50T3
Pickpocket Pickpocket
8T9
One of the most masterfully edited films I've ever seen. Especially the ending, which built suspense in an incredible way. The story is too crazy to not be compelling throughout and Bourdin is such a weasel that you are gripped to the story trying to figure out if he's lying or not. The mom had that Robert Durst vibe, stop licking your lips baby. The film hits new heights when the private eye is introduced. That guy needs a reality show asap
anandare
80T6
MentalCritic MentalCritic
75T8
Allynhi
60T6
stimes19
90T6
Johnny6Gun Johnny6Gun
45T4
DMCrimson DMCrimson
78T6
dougsiu
78T7
robbie3012
8T8
mesela
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oread oread
85T10
Shadrik Shadrik
72T7
zerothh
80T10
oturan_adam onuryilyang
81T8
sinefilcocuk
7T7
TejasNair
60T5
thefriedone
100T10
hellbike
74T7
Corey M
70T5
DLawrence
82T8
Odinos Odinos
90T9
JaclynMarie
97T8
lo_fi lo-fi
66T6
divxcimcime
8T8
Lena_Surian Lena Surian
78T3
DeadFox DeadFox
85T8
cgcore cgcore
71T8
K.Ozan
70T6
waqar waqar
57T4
Panicbeach
68T7
felipelahm felipelahm
54T4
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.
zurnzurn
80T9
kdove
70T4
alpturgut alpturgut
86T8
ilyaoblomov ilyaoblomov
70T8
bellafilm bellafilm
89T10
Ric
60T2
Made me feel a bit queasy, with not much cinematic reward to show for it
kubrickvari kubrickvari
80T8
Strangeluv Strangeluv
76T7
geeenuh
70T3
Bunken Bunken
40T3
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...
sg31873
85T10
trip9
80T7
oldgoat oldgoat
70T6
Ends right where a truly great documentary would have been hitting the third act. Decent though.
mardytam snbutler
65T5
Kortee Kortee
70T7
When I started to think everything that was there to see has been seen - here they were getting my attention again.
janserisen
72T3
BlancaRosa BlancaRosa
50T5
Emrah1968 Emrah1968
90T8
standardchin standardchin
90T10
djemba djemba
80T8
vordven vordven
80T8
Emmcooke
8T8
Vassago Vassago
77T8
catfacer catfacer
76T7
Baby_Fish Baby Fish
7T6
0_o
robotkarate
75T8
ozgunk ozgunk
90T10
Very good use of recreation.
JooJoo JooJoo
5T5
tradingair tradingair
8T9
grodrig1
95T9
AlexanderMG AlexanderMG
91T9
mkellins
60T6
Fairly interesting portrayal of an unbelievable story. To fully appreciate it don't read anything about the story beforehand.
elifish elifish
70T5
circusmice circus_mice
86T6
jildeese
85T7
Snazz Snazz
40T2
pedrodalen
73T4
rdmw12
55T2
hellacopter
83T8
cloque cloque
8T8
Gideon Gideon
3T10
A good docu with a fictional narrative, or so it feels. It's bizarre this actually happened. The only thing the director could have improved on is the ending, exploring Bourdin's psyche. It is obvious he is a genuine fantasist and has a personality disorder. I would have liked to know how he was shaped this way. Given the stories he told to some therapists he could have been abused himself, as a child. Overall a good documentary. The thick thriller element could have been toned down somewhat.
EntertainMe
80T8
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
freakazoid
74T7
fahasch
95T8
Ezp Ludium
81T8
Euronymous Euronymous
90T10
smoore_lfc
83T9
rainingest
90T8
admzt
85T8
jjack229
74T9
amichaz
90T9
Methouse Methouse
75T6
denial
80T9
Merc Merc
65T3
ventilaator ventilaator
4T8
anonconmatt anonconmatt
6T8
Inquisitor
20T1
H9k H9k
8T8
Cerebrus Cerebrus
80T9
filmcave
81T9
rumbleduke
83T7
Parexus2 Parexus2
76T7
jdnolla
95T10
redfrost
50T5
sinseer
70T6
IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
75T7
Jelly
84T9
Jurispathic Judge Holden
5T7
micmac micmac•
70T7
AFlickering AFlickering
41T3
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.
gabehabash gabehabash
50T3
screaminp screamin_p
85T7
elbis
70T8
laika laika
76T7
ssuedeheadd ssuedeheadd
50T7
Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
84T8
p00q p00q
75T7
themadelf66 themadelf66
78T7
systemlayers
70T6
bones_r
80T8
Mattias1
70T8
midnighter
80T6
symatak symatak
90T9
noi noi
90T10
Bojangles Bojangles
80T10
chemical404 chemical404
66T8
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.
Hadzibegovic Hadzibegovic
80T8
Italo
1T6
jonas01radio jonas01radio
85T9
exolstice exolstice
85T8
Ram0n
78T8
sinanokn sinanokn
88T9
konrad401 konrad401
70T6
cmkrt
85T7
ifragment ifragment
75T6
senay erlichte
70T7
dumanx dumanx
7T8
caracal caracal
68T3
steekjelos
50T1
nbc6 nbc6
50T3
psim psim
80T8
gauravpande
83T4
Icarus Icarus
82T8
Though annoyed with the drawn out, manipulative third act, I thought the idea behind this film was an important one: we tell ourselves stories, construct narratives that bring us some kind of benefit. Within such frameworks, suggestion takes on a powerful role. I was most mystified by the FBI investigator, as she was supposed to be someone with the habit of critical thinking, but even she was taken in. Viva la pensée critique!
anders55j
60T5
y.caliskan
70T6
hellboy76 hellboy76
69T8
Mondarable Mondarable
9T10
semitozge semitozge
70T6
rajatdahiyax
60T1
soraxtm
90T10
ChaosServant
80T7
Videodromsim
70T5
Niksterino
90T10
Adumbrate
6T5
twhitcomb91 twhitcomb91
88T8
poltergeist poltergeist
70T8
kakivsjok kakivsjok
80T7
esayar esayar
80T6
tom_dl
63T3
Laura2812 Laura2812
75T5
lulamae lula_mae
75T7
arif arif
70T3
dogus37 dogus37
71T8
clovicek clovicek
89T8
iwalke
74T5
MrsEmmaPeel MrsEmmaPeel
88T9
LetterRip
0T1
RealMacgyver RealMacgyver
80T7
Eglaia Eglaia
70T8
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.
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