The Impossible
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Alas, the movie tells a rather commonplace story."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Naomi Watts gives one of her finest, most physically commanding turns."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"What's meant to be a triumphant true story about succeeding under impossible odds ends up feeling more like a Lifetime TV movie."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"A harrowing tale of perseverance and the search for safety amidst horrid destruction."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible is an emotional tale of hope and survival, shot with an unafraid eye for disaster and tragedy."
‑ Jeremy Lebens, We Got This Covered
"The tsunami sequence is amazing, right up there with the one Clint Eastwood staged in Hereafter."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Their story may not be typical, but the family represents the resilience, compassion, and optimism of the whole human race."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"As in a horror film, it doesn't matter anymore who these people are - only how they react."
‑ Margot Harrison, Seven Days
"... a terrific horror movie, one that genuinely grips and shocks its audience and forces empathy with the would-be victims."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"This is an unforgettable tribute to the determination of a very special family."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"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."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"An emotionally-captivating and well-filmed true tale."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"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."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Inexcusable is a better word to describe the fact this amazing film was not given a Best Picture Oscar nomination."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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