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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Critic Reviews

  1. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    It's considerably flawed. It has a middle that's padded, a look that could use a few more light bulbs, a protagonist who never earns our sympathy, and an audio mix that leans much too heavily on the bass, often making it impossible to understand what's being said.
  2. 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.
  3. Suspense is fairly effective until it's stretched to the point of monotony.
  4. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    It's a Hitchockian "wrong man" story, but there's a twist.
  5. 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.
  6. 20
    The kind of movie where you shout advice at the characters on screen, because we have so much more information than they do.
  7. 40
    Written by a team of three, the script is more plagued by groupthink than is the film's future Earth.
  8. Likely to be best appreciated by dedicated sci-fi fans, admirers of Dick in particular. It hasn't the stupendous razzle-dazzle of a mega-budget picture like "A.I. Artificial Intelligence."
  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. Turns out some folks just don't know Philip K. Dick about making movies.
  11. It's a pleasure to watch a thinking-man's actor like Sinise adapt so easily to this challenge; he even keeps his dignity when forced to participate in the inevitable martial arts-inflected showdown.
  12. Unfortunately, Impostor doesn't do much with its template, despite a remarkably strong cast.
  13. Plays around with some interesting notions, such as the nature of reality, the nature of humanity, and the nature of spiffy apartments with sleek bathroom fixtures.
  14. 42
    It's a yawn for the most part, depending on dull characters and uninvolving twists.
  15. 63
    As a video rental, this film will probably play a lot better than it does at the local multiplex.
  16. 40
    Director Gary Fleder ("Don't Say a Word") pushes the same old cliches in "Blade Runner" packaging.
  17. 30
    Familiar and profoundly unoriginal.
  18. The last 15 minutes finally get it together for what passes as a movie experience with a considerable "gotcha!" quotient.
  19. Has a certain ghoulish fascination, and generates a fair amount of B-movie excitement.
  20. 20
    It essentially uses the setup of an early Dick short story as a bookend to one long, dull chase scene.
  21. The ending is meant to be clouded with ambiguity, but really it is unequivocally happy because it means the movie is over.
  22. This psychological sci-fi thriller was originally made as a 40-minute segment of an unrealized portmanteau picture, then expanded into a freestanding feature. That's probably why it's padded with shots of Olham running down corridors.
  23. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The only good thing about Impostor is the appropriateness of its title for a film posing as the first 2002 release.
  24. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Imposter is a penny-pinched "Blade Runner," a stubbornly unexciting ride into the near future.
  25. The movie automatically pegs itself for the straight-to-video sci-fi rental shelf.
  26. 30
    Isn't really a movie, it's only impersonating one.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Jan 6, 2015
    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
    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