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January 25, 2019
The wrath of nature is re-created so masterfully by filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona that it feels like a documentary.
December 18, 2018
It might seem a noble project, aiming to show the rest of the world what hell some endured. But even a dramatic film can only suggest part of the experience. And I fear The Impossible might serve only to trivialize that experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2018
Compelling and oozing with conflict and complexity, The Impossible is a heartfelt horror show worth its weight in reflective, ghoulish gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 13, 2018
It's all superbly acted, with Watts especially delivering a powerful performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 30, 2018
Bayona's staging of the tsunami without (seemingly without) digital effects is relentless, convincing, terrifying, non-stupid, and without Hollywood wonder.
January 22, 2018
... Watts manages to transmit all the pain she suffers and what goes through the head of the protagonist... [Full review in Spanish]
September 1, 2017
A heart-wrenchingly tense survival drama based on 'an incredible true story' of a far more 'homely' looking Spanish family, this is a cut above 1990s eco-disaster movies such as Dante's Peak.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 10, 2016
The virtuoso film-making of the wave sequence will beckon you to look, and still, you may also flinch.
April 14, 2016
Director Juan Antonio Bayona conducts this symphony with a steady hand and a wonderful visual eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 7, 2015
We've seen video accounts of this horrific tsunami, but little prepares viewers for its realistic re-enactment in The Impossible. And little prepares the film's principals for the terror that ensues.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 20, 2014
What's meant to be a triumphant true story about succeeding under impossible odds ends up feeling more like a Lifetime TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 13, 2013
Their story may not be typical, but the family represents the resilience, compassion, and optimism of the whole human race.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 30, 2013
An emotionally-captivating and well-filmed true tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
June 18, 2013
A harrowing tale of perseverance and the search for safety amidst horrid destruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 22, 2013
As in a horror film, it doesn't matter anymore who these people are - only how they react.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 13, 2013
Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona exploits an international tragedy to tell a syrupy story about a wealthy white family dealing with adversity while completely ignoring the thousands of others who suffered as much or worse.
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 7, 2013
Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible is an emotional tale of hope and survival, shot with an unafraid eye for disaster and tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 27, 2013
... a terrific horror movie, one that genuinely grips and shocks its audience and forces empathy with the would-be victims.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
April 23, 2013
Inexcusable is a better word to describe the fact this amazing film was not given a Best Picture Oscar nomination.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 17, 2013
A tale that largely tells itself... with a little essential help from Hollywood's best special effects guys, that is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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