The Impossible Reviews

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November 19, 2019
The purpose of Bayona's film is "dubious."
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 28, 2013
Alas, the movie tells a rather commonplace story.
January 14, 2013
A more accurate name for this New Age disaster movie might be 'The Lucky' or 'The Coincidental.' If we accept the Brits' survival as something miraculous, what does that imply about the tens of thousands of Asians who were wiped out?
January 10, 2013
What reeks most about The Impossible is that it mistakes adventurous titillation for humanitarian mourning.
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.
January 4, 2013
Although it's ostensibly based on true events, The Impossible is not so much an inspiring tale of survival as it is an action flick.
January 4, 2013
You are involved in the family's plight, and you do suffer along with them. But gnawing in the back of your mind is the thought about all those nameless others who lost loved ones or whose stories of survival are probably just as miraculous.
January 4, 2013
[The movie is about how] one of the worst disasters to ever visit Thailand was really tough on the English.
January 3, 2013
The dialogue is almost uniformly awful, and the plotting tugs on heartstrings more blatantly than a Hallmark Channel movie.
January 3, 2013
The tsunami comes to life more vividly than the characters, though Watts and young Holland, as her son, deliver strong performances.
January 3, 2013
An earnest, extremely grueling, prodigiously crafted true-life drama that takes one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history and reduces it to a bad day at Club Med.
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.
January 2, 2013
Kind of offensive when you think about it.
January 1, 2013
The hokum can wear you down worse than the tsunami.
December 28, 2012
...once the disaster portion of [Bayona's] film has subsided, we're left with a story of coincidence and cliche.
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
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