The Impossible Reviews

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November 27, 2019
Dramatic and unwavering, The Impossible will make you believe that anything is possible.
November 19, 2019
The purpose of Bayona's film is "dubious."
August 7, 2019
Sometimes it's sentimental to a fault, but the thrilling and innovative filmmaking that's being done makes it all worth it.
August 6, 2019
The Impossible may be schmaltz, but it's damn good schmaltz. It's the kind of story that is so incredible, so impossible, that it can only be true.
March 21, 2019
[The Impossible] shows us devastation, yes, unbelievable havoc, yes, horrific human loss, yes. But also, exemplary courage and love and compassion, all done with freshness and feeling.
January 26, 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.
November 18, 2018
Compelling and oozing with conflict and complexity, The Impossible is a heartfelt horror show worth its weight in reflective, ghoulish gold.
August 13, 2018
It's all superbly acted, with Watts especially delivering a powerful performance.
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 23, 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.
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.
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.
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.
July 13, 2013
Their story may not be typical, but the family represents the resilience, compassion, and optimism of the whole human race.
June 30, 2013
An emotionally-captivating and well-filmed true tale.
June 18, 2013
A harrowing tale of perseverance and the search for safety amidst horrid destruction.
May 22, 2013
As in a horror film, it doesn't matter anymore who these people are - only how they react.
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