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.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2012-10-12
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.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2012-10-11
The most fascinating aspect of the movie is why the missing boy's family believed the imposter's story.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2012-09-13
"The Imposter" is one of the best films of the year.
Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2012-08-24
You couldn't make this stuff up - and no one would buy it as fiction. But as a documentary, it's a different matter.
Trevor Johnston, Time Out, 2012-08-21
Layton's dazzling film is an exciting, edge-of-your-seat experience superior to any Hollywood mystery you're likely to see for a long time.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2012-08-16
"The Imposter" becomes more than just a missing-persons drama. It hints at something much darker: a real-life horror story, the full truth of which may never be known.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2012-08-16
This is one creepy mystery.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2012-08-10
"The Imposter" initially seems to be a tutorial in identity theft, as well as a cautionary tale about the susceptibility of people who have lost a loved one. But that's not the half of it.
Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 2012-08-10
It's ... practically unbelievable, but you won't be able to look away.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2012-08-09
Layton's film joins the top ranks of nonfiction films because he recognizes that in this case no solution could be as engrossing as the questions.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2012-08-09
This is as much a film about self-deception as it is about deception, and as such, it is a study in pain.
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, 2012-08-02
This is a train wreck you think you see coming, but no matter how prepared you are the nature and extent of the damage will overwhelm you.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2012-08-02
As fiction, it would never fly. But "The Imposter" happens to be true, and it's a jaw-dropper.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2012-07-26
The movie is fascinating, but it leaves you uneasy, because you don't always know who you're watching (actor? family member?), and you begin to feel that you're being scammed, too.
David Denby, New Yorker, 2012-07-23
Rarely has the con game, and the human capacity to believe in improbable outcomes, been taken to such extremes as we see in "The Imposter"...
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 2012-07-17
Director Bart Layton takes a story that was already fascinatingly weird to begin with and makes it even more compelling by structuring it as a shadowy film noir.
Christy Lemire, Associated Press, 2012-07-16
This true story plays like a gripping psychological thriller, offering hard speculation and harder truths. You won't be able to get it out of your head.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2012-07-13