The Imposter (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Imposter (2012)



Critic Consensus: Despite its true-crime trappings, The Imposter is an utterly gripping and sometimes heartbreaking documentary thriller cleverly told with narrative flair.

Movie Info

Nicholas was 13 the day he disappeared (June 13, 1994). He would have been 16 and 8 months when he was reported found in Spain (October 7, 1997)... In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always had, but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn... -- (C) Indominamore
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 22, 2013
Box Office: $0.9M
Indomina Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Imposter

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (31)

In the annals of forged identity flicks, this is a towering Everest, dwarfing the deceivers in the likes of Catch Me If You Can and F for Fake.

Full Review… | October 12, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

This is edge-of-your-seat stuff and the difficulty is in the telling of the tale. To give any of this film away is a crime. You simply have to see it for yourself.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The most fascinating aspect of the movie is why the missing boy's family believed the imposter's story.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Credit director Bart Layton for taking a subject that appears barely capable of propping up hour-long, true-crime cable programming and turning it into compelling, full-length documentary.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

The Imposter at every stage reveals another layer of the bizarreness of which human beings are capable.

Full Review… | March 8, 2013
Concrete Playground

The Imposter has many lessons; for the rest of us, it reinforces the golden rule: never assume anything about anyone

Full Review… | February 16, 2013
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for The Imposter


A shocking, unbelievable true story that, had someone told me happened, I would have had a very hard time buying into. What begins as an apparently simple case of imposture turns out to be something so much more horrific - something that must be seen to be believed.

Carlos Magalhăes

Super Reviewer


It'd have been even better if they'd made a movie based on these events. The interviews, at times, shatter the involvement with the documentary film. But yeah, it gave a picture of how far a criminal's mind can reach, despite having quite a different appearance than the missing child. Making it in fully movie format would have helped the twist better.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


"The Imposter" is one of the best, most memorable, and most unnerving documentaries I have ever seen; a masterclass of it's format. It's factual interviews meld incredibly well with terrifically shot recreations, and unforeseeable twists that make the doc play as a thriller, with the brooding menace of David Fincher's best work. Like all of the best documentaries, "The Imposter" will leave you in disbelief, and scouring ever little detail on the subject via wikipedia afterwards. You won't soon forget it.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

The Imposter Quotes

Frédéric Bourdin: A new identity was a real passport, an American passport, I could go to the US, go to the school there, live with that family and just being someone and don't never again to to worry about being identified.
– Submitted by Sylvester K (3 years ago)

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