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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
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
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
December 20, 2012
There is an incredibly emotional story to be told from this family's experience, but due to the weak structure and awkward third act, "The Impossible" fails to deliver it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2013
The hokum can wear you down worse than the tsunami.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 4, 2012
Emotional exploitation of the most vile and insensitive kind, The Impossible is an insult to the victims of the tragedy it depicts.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
December 25, 2012
A sentimental slog that encourages us to celebrate the survival of European tourists while turning a blind eye to the deaths of thousands of others.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 21, 2012
A Saw movie for middlebrows.
December 18, 2012
When it comes to human emotions ... the filmmaker is all thumbs, crassly fumbling for audience response via clichéd uses of dropped-out sound and the occasional twinkling piano.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 3, 2013
The dialogue is almost uniformly awful, and the plotting tugs on heartstrings more blatantly than a Hallmark Channel movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 5, 2012
A film that takes the horrors visited upon millions as an excuse to tell the sad tale of a family who lost all their luggage.
November 30, 2012
That it should be so dramatically inert makes The Impossible one of 2012's most frustrating film-going experiences; you should feel so much of the anguish and suffering, so universal is their pain. But you just don't.
December 19, 2012
'The Impossible' is a confounding misfire: so much artistic vision, combined with moral and emotional shortsightedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 21, 2012
Riveting for a spell, but imbued with a phony uplifting sensibility that detracts from the Thailand tsunami's real story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 6, 2012
The latter half of The Impossible is so disappointingly movie-ish, tying a bow on the events after portraying them too vividly to allow them to be wrapped so neatly.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
January 3, 2013
It feels like the wrong story, one that asks us to ignore the suffering of a devastated nation and focus, instead, on a couple of big-name stars whose vacation is spoiled.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
January 8, 2013
Yet one more example of a real-life story someone thought would "make a great movie," "The Impossible" is as flat and predictable as they come.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 2, 2013
Kind of offensive when you think about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 19, 2012
''The Impossible'' is about as subtle as a wall of water.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 27, 2012
Do we really want to cling to catastrophe's single comfort station, as if it tells us more, or medicates us with a more meaningful moral and spiritual message, than all the horrors that didn't end in a hug, a homily and a final heave of rapturous music
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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