The Impossible
The Impossible (2012)

Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 23, 2013
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The screenplay isn't quite as powerful as the direction or the acting, but with such an astonishing real-life story at its center, The Impossible is never less than compelling.

David Denby
New Yorker

Alas, the movie tells a rather commonplace story.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Naomi Watts gives one of her finest, most physically commanding turns.

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Bill Brownstein
Montreal Gazette

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The tsunami sequence is amazing, right up there with the one Clint Eastwood staged in Hereafter.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

What's meant to be a triumphant true story about succeeding under impossible odds ends up feeling more like a Lifetime TV movie.

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Richard Roeper

This is an unforgettable tribute to the determination of a very special family.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

While it may have been changed for the screen, this story of a family's ordeal is one from which any parent - any person, really - can't turn away.

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Eric D. Snider

Their story may not be typical, but the family represents the resilience, compassion, and optimism of the whole human race.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
With wonderful acting, "The Impossible" tells a captivating true story in which survival impulses, society, family ties and human kindness all shine… More
Daniel Mumby
If there's one phrase that leads film fans to roll their eyes, it's "based on a true story". The phrase has become a byword for… More
Wildaly M
I was perhaps not very emotionally attached to the characters in this one, but it is undeniable that the performances are brilliant all around.
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three stars!!
Tony Gandía
"The Impossible" is a film that has a moment every watcher awaits from the moment the screen credits begin to roll - the tsunami. These… More
Cynthia S.
Overwhelming, and emotional, but definitely worth it. Generally when I've heard talk of this movie, it's praise for Ewan and Naomi (who are absolutely… More