Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Aug 24, 2012
    One of the best films of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Aug 20, 2012
    The year's most fascinating and frightening doc so far, The Imposter delves far beneath the hysterical tabloid headlines.
  3. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Aug 16, 2012
    Gripping, hair-raising documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Aug 5, 2012
    Creepier than "Catfish" and as cinematic as "Man On Wire," this is an unnerving story immaculately told and a strong contender for documentary of the year.
  5. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 11, 2012
    The documentary equivalent of a page-turner.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jul 10, 2012
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 13, 2012
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jul 11, 2012
    The Imposter strings the audience along, to get them to understand first-hand how easy it is to buy into a well-told story, even when there's no evidence to support it.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 6, 2012
    In the first few minutes of this doc, the filmmakers share a crucial fact that, in a fiction film would be so outlandish, it would not be believed.. That this fact is revealed in the first 10 minutes of this movie made me think that the filmmakers had shown their cards too early, but they have a lot more in store. Absolutely riveting, the events depicted are deeply unsettling, and deeply sad. This doc is one of the best of the year. If you enjoy true crime docs, docs dealing with deceit and denial, and docs that examine human foibles and delusions, then, by all means, see this one. Do yourself a favor, though: don't read about any of the details. Let the film surprise you. You will not be disappointed. Full Review »
  2. Aug 31, 2013
    A stand out documentary, eerie and put me on edge, which is rare with me. Having not heard of the story before seeing the film, the twists to the events made my jaw hang, and the way they were executed were fantastic. Full Review »
  3. Apr 28, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. A disturbing documentary in many ways and by the end you'll wonder how many imposters there really are. The details in this case seem so outlandish maybe the family but for him to fool the feds and the authorities in Spain are stunning. Full Review »