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The Impossible (2012)



Critic Consensus: The screenplay isn't quite as powerful as the direction or the acting, but with such an astonishing real-life story at its center, The Impossible is never less than compelling.

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Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.

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Critic Reviews for The Impossible

All Critics (191) | Top Critics (46)

Alas, the movie tells a rather commonplace story.

January 28, 2013

The tsunami sequence is amazing, right up there with the one Clint Eastwood staged in Hereafter.

January 18, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

This is an unforgettable tribute to the determination of a very special family.

January 17, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Unlike some films that have become critics' darlings, 'The Impossible' has no pretensions. It isn't edgy and I don't think it has a hidden subtext.

January 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Naomi Watts gives one of her finest, most physically commanding turns.

January 4, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

Although it's ostensibly based on true events, The Impossible is not so much an inspiring tale of survival as it is an action flick.

January 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Impossible

A tsunami in Asia at first tears a family apart and then brings them together. Good acting (particularly by Naomi Watts and Tom Holland), subtle direction, decent writing, and the added tension that being in a foreign land might bring during a huge crisis, and yet ... it was hard for me to involve myself in this tale.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

With wonderful acting, "The Impossible" tells a captivating true story in which survival impulses, society, family ties and human kindness all shine and inspire. This is a very well done film.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

I was perhaps not very emotionally attached to the characters in this one, but it is undeniable that the performances are brilliant all around.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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