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33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 13 out of 26
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  1. As in most cheap futuristic movies, everything is dark or illuminated by a drab bluish glow. The buildings look grubbily similar to each other, so every location has to be identified onscreen. Of course, that saves the audience the trouble of paying attention.
  2. 30
    Isn't really a movie, it's only impersonating one.
  3. 30
    Familiar and profoundly unoriginal.
  4. The movie automatically pegs itself for the straight-to-video sci-fi rental shelf.
  5. Suspense is fairly effective until it's stretched to the point of monotony.
  6. Turns out some folks just don't know Philip K. Dick about making movies.
  7. The last 15 minutes finally get it together for what passes as a movie experience with a considerable "gotcha!" quotient.
  8. The entire movie has the meaninglessly burnished, sunglasses-at-midnight glow of an early-'90s car commercial -- a visual scheme guaranteed to leave the audience squinting between yawns.
  9. 25
    The kind of schlocky, disposable time-killer that once might have starred Jean-Claude Van Damme, The Impostor is a relentlessly dull chase flick with an inexplicably high-toned cast.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    25
    The only good thing about Impostor is the appropriateness of its title for a film posing as the first 2002 release.
  11. Reviewed by: David Grove
    20
    The kind of movie where you shout advice at the characters on screen, because we have so much more information than they do.
  12. The ending is meant to be clouded with ambiguity, but really it is unequivocally happy because it means the movie is over.
  13. 20
    It essentially uses the setup of an early Dick short story as a bookend to one long, dull chase scene.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Jan 6, 2015
    9
    Impostor is one of the lesser known stories by the master of Science Fiction, Philip K. Dick. It is so unknown, that one of his biggest fans,Impostor is one of the lesser known stories by the master of Science Fiction, Philip K. Dick. It is so unknown, that one of his biggest fans, didn't even realize that this film was based on a story by Dick, until I saw it in the credits. As usual, the story is out of this world, as it takes place in the distance future, a future where the Earth is at war with an alien species. This species has the ability to clone humans in such a realistic way, that it is nearly impossible to detect them. Special military investigator, Hathaway (Vincent D'Onofrio), is tasked with figuring out who has been replaced. On the eve of a big announcement by the President, Hathaway intercepts a transmission claiming that her top military adviser, Dr. Spencer Olham (Gary Sinise), has been replaced. When Hathaway confronts Olham, he claims to have no knowledge of this, and unlike previous replicates, he has memories. As Hathaway prepares to eliminate Olham, he escapes to the surface, where he teams up with the exiled citizens who live there. Together they try to prove Olham's innocence, while avoiding being captured by Hathaway. Vincent D'Onofrio stars as Hathaway, and much like his role in Law & Order: Criminal Intent his intensity and determination are infectious. He's paired with Gary Sinise, an actor I'm always disappointed to see in a leading role, and whom always manages to surprise me with a great performance. He isn't what I'd call an action star, and may not have been ideal for the role of Olham, but he was very believable. Impostor was only one of Dick's short stories, but it is every bit as good as his better known works, which of course include; Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report. If you want to see a unique story that blends Science Fiction, Drama, and Action, look no further than Impostor. Full Review »
  2. Oct 31, 2013
    8
    High tension, continuous running, solid performances and characters whose ordeal poses existential questions characterize this adaptation ofHigh tension, continuous running, solid performances and characters whose ordeal poses existential questions characterize this adaptation of Philip Dick's work.
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  3. Jan 7, 2013
    10
    epic