Netflix Viewers Left ‘Disturbed’ By Harrowing True Crime Documentary

Netflix viewers have been left 'disturbed' by the harrowing true crime documentary The Imposter.
Credit: Film4

Netflix viewers have been left ‘disturbed’ by a harrowing true crime documentary.

The streaming giant is known for its hugely successful original shows such as Wednesday, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story and Stranger Things.

It’s also famous for its true crime documentaries, including the Girl in the Picture and Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes.

Now viewers are raving about its latest offering – which is leaving a lasting impression on viewers.

Watch the trailer of the disturbing true crime documentary below…

The Imposter is a documentary film that came out in 2012 but has recently found new life on Netflix.

It tells the harrowing true story of a 13-year-old boy named Nicholas Barclay, who disappeared in Texas while playing football in 1994.

The police presumed that the young boy had been murdered or kidnapped despite a body never being found.

Yet in 1997, Barclay’s family was alerted that he had been ‘found’ in Spain. However, things were not as they seemed.

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While Barclay had blonde hair and blue eyes, the boy who arrived at their home had brown eyes, dyed hair, and spoke with a French accent.

Despite these obvious and drastic changes, he was welcomed home by his family, who were just happy to have found their missing son.

However, it was later revealed that the boy was not Barclay but in fact a 23-year-old con artist named Frédéric Bourdin, who had committed similar crimes in France and Spain.

The Imposter sees the Barclay family recall their side of the story, while Bourdin also shares his own experience.

Since viewers discovered the documentary on Netflix, they have taken to social media to discuss the unbelievable true story.

The Imposter
The 2012 documentary The Imposter has dropped on Netflix and is leaving viewers disturbed. Credit: Film4

One person shares: “Netflix adding The Imposter today, it’s genuinely one of the greatest and most jaw-dropping docs I’ve ever seen. Well worth a watch.”

Another viewer adds: “I watched this and was completely disturbed. This movie gave me chills.”

“Just watched The Imposter on Netflix… madness,” comments a third.

Someone else says: “Just watched The Imposter on Netflix and honestly, wtf was that.”

A fifth user adds: “Watching The Imposter on Netflix, stranger than fiction is an understatement.”

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On Rotten Tomatoes, the documentary has a 95% rating, so it is certainly popular among critics too.

Lisa Bernard writes in her review: “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.”

The Imposter is now available to stream on Netflix.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.