Imposter, The

Lists: Documentary, Mystery, HPR Selects, Independent Film Award Nominees - BIFA

Brief Synopsis: "It’s 1994: a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive, thousands of miles away, in Spain. Disoriented and quivering with fear, he divulges his shocking story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not what it seems. Sure, he has the same tattoos, but he looks decidedly different, and he now speaks with a strange accent. Why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astounding true story takes an even stranger turn."

Overall Ranking: 95 (Rank from 2012: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 75%
Regular 25%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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BTS Brian100
CinemaVisitor Erik100 - It'll surely be in my top 5 this year. Left me speechless, a riveting work from start to finish. One of the best documentaries I've seen.
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Movie Evangelist100 - With the cinematic qualities of a great thriller, coupled with the knowledge that it’s based on fact, you’ll not only enjoy the visuals but also possibly be more drawn in by the sound of gasping all around you. Layton works the cinema screen like an established master and The Imposter is not to be missed.
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Sean Kelly100(full review)
Andrew Buckle of The Film Emporium97(full review)
Gorgon Reviews97(full review)
Dave Examines Movies95(full review)
Warning Sign90(full review)
David Baruffi88(full review)
Bryan Lienesch80 - A dark story that serves as an exhibition on human tendencies.
Minnesota Man70(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest65

People Involved

  • Frédéric Bourdin (Himself)
  • Adam OBrian (Frédéric Bourdin)
  • Anna Ruben (Carey Gibson)
  • Cathy Dresbach (Nancy Fisher)
  • Alan Teichman (Charlie Parker)
  • Ivan Villanueva (Social Worker)
  • Maria Jesus Hoyos (Judge)
  • Bart Layton (Director)
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