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7.5 out of 10

The Imposter

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User Review

Kcplus, Walmart
25 March 2013
  • Summary: Originally watched this on VUDU and wasn't expecting it to leave me speechless. I wasn't able to repeat this story to friends and family all I could do was suggest they see it. Luckily I found it at Walmart and now I can show it to everyone. This film will leave you speechless. Life is stranger than fiction.
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Overall 10
10

Too incredible to be fiction

Hannah-Carter, Flicks
27 December 2012
  • Summary: The Imposter is a debut film from Bart Layton, a documentary featuring interviews with the subjects themselves and footage from the time expertly spliced with dramatisation. The story is too incredible to be fiction. In 1994, a 13 year old Texan boy Nicholas Barclay disappears without a trace. In 1997, Frederic Bourdin, a homeless French man in Spain, claims to be the missing Nicholas.
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Overall 10
10

Twisty

Steve-Janes, Flicks
27 December 2012
  • Summary: This doco is has more thrills and drama than most of the fiction you'll see on screen. You go in thinking its going to be the story of how a con man duped people - which it kind of is. But the real conceit is the motives of the people who apparently want to be duped, and embrace the importer despite the complete implausibility of his story. A movie you'll want to tell people about.
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Overall 10
10

You'll talk about it

freshdude, Flicks
27 December 2012
  • Summary: Go see it, knowing as little as possible about it, and be gobsmacked ...
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Overall 8
8.0

You couldn't make this up.

Apple-Man, Flicks
27 December 2012
  • Summary: One of those docs where you can hardly belive the story as it unfolds - truly strange and compelling. Well put together, to know too much about the story before watching would ruin it. Recommended.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good. See it.

AliasAlli, Flicks
27 December 2012
  • Summary: From the moment it starts, you know The Imposter is going to be revelatory. Of course, you KNOW he's a con-man. You KNOW he gets caught. But none of that makes any difference as you're literally gasping at the audacity of this man and his actions. Despite that, Bourdin is a charming and excellent storyteller. And, as often happens, you start rooting for him instead of the family he infiltrates.
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Overall 6
6.0

A tribute to human gullibility

Weds_Loafers, Flicks
27 December 2012
  • Summary: Yesterday 5 of us saw "The Imposter", the true story of a French conman who, at the age of 23, successfully impersonated a missing American teenager who he bore no resemblance to, and became a member of the family (despite English being his second language). At the time (1997) the teenager would have been just 16. The film is not kind to the boy's family and leaves you constantly wondering how the family could be so gullible.
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Overall 6
6.0

3.5 Stars

queenbee007, Flicks
27 December 2012
  • Summary: This was interesting and bizarre. The family was odd and it leaves you wondering if they had a part to play in the boys disappearance. Perhaps they are all very good liars. The mother passed the polygraph twice after all...
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Overall 8
8.0

Spellbinding Doco with knobs on!

filmlover, Flicks
27 December 2012
  • Summary: This documentary ticks all the boxes and leaves you wanting to know more. I knew something of the story of this guy which is why I went. But I got way more than I bargained for. I defy anyone who loves a good yarn not to be captivated by this twisted tale of the truly weird. In some ways it asks more questions than it answers. Go with a group and then gather to deconstruct the story.
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Overall 2
2.0

Outstanding Cutting-Edge Cinema

piscesnz, Flicks
27 December 2012
  • Summary: This documentary deserves to be nominated for the Nobel Prize for science. It single-handedly does more to advance the fight against insomnia than any drugs developed by pharmaceutical companies.
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