100

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
One of the best films of the year.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Tirdad Derakhshani
Gripping, hair-raising documentary.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The documentary equivalent of a page-turner.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

A mesmerizing psychological thriller bulging with twists, turns, nasty insinuations and shocking revelations that might have leapt from the pages of a Patricia Highsmith novel, The Imposter is all the more astonishing because it actually happened.
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88

New York Post

Despite a bunch of fourth-wall-breaking re-enactments, the look is consistent with most TV true-crime stories. But the way Layton parcels out information makes this story as strange and fascinating as anyone could desire.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The utterly bizarre story made national news when it broke, has since provided much magazine fodder, and popped up only two years ago adapted into a dramatic feature. Now it receives the documentary treatment and, in the devilishly manipulative hands of director Bart Layton, what a treatment it is – the weirdness just gets weirder.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A movie that offers hard speculation and harder truths. You won't be able to get it out of your head.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The most fascinating aspect of The Imposter, though, is why the missing boy's family believed his story.
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75

Washington Post

What's most fascinating are the movie's larger questions about why some people tell impossible lies -- and why others believe them.
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50

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Beverly Dollarhide, Nicholas's mother, says of the period after her son's disappearance, "My main goal in life at that time was not to think." Apparently, the filmmakers have taken a cue from her. At least her unwillingness to think makes sense.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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