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The Impossible Reviews

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 10, 2016
The virtuoso film-making of the wave sequence will beckon you to look, and still, you may also flinch.
J. Olson
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
Bill Brownstein
Montreal Gazette
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
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
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
Eric D. Snider
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+
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
An emotionally-captivating and well-filmed true tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 18, 2013
A harrowing tale of perseverance and the search for safety amidst horrid destruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
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
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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-
Christopher Null
Film Racket
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
Dave White
March 18, 2013
...come for the drama, just be ready to leave your nagging questions outside the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
March 13, 2013
Technically impeccable, The Impossible gives the brutal caprice of nature its due, never romanticizing it or demonizing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nour Habib
Tulsa World
March 2, 2013
The true stand-out performance comes from 16-year-old Holland, whose cinematic debut is nothing short of extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Neal
The Standard
February 21, 2013
The aim appears to be audience immersion, as if The Impossible really wants to almost drown you along with its stars - albeit in your own tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2013
There's nothing much to this fact-based film, storywise...It's in the sheer resilience of the characters that the film finds its drive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 4, 2013
Perhaps the biggest problem is its labelling as a 'Disaster Movie', as this is in fact intended as a study of the power - and the stubbornness - of the human spirit.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 4, 2013
The Impossible doesn't turn a blind eye to the physical and emotional devastation, but the comparatively uncomplicated path it follows to arrive at a reassuring conclusion minimizes the impact.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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