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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
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 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
March 18, 2013
...come for the drama, just be ready to leave your nagging questions outside the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
February 3, 2013
If you're familiar with the true story on which 'The Impossible' is based, you'll know a little about the finale. In case you don't, I'm not going to spoil this real-life disaster movie about the effects of the 2004 Pacific tsunami on a family of five.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 2, 2013
Unlike a lot of movies that have the "based on a true story" tagline, 'The Impossible' doesn't have to do much to remind us that its harrowing tale is genuine
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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