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Based on 42 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 28 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The go-for-broke intensity and emotional layering Watts brings to her role is an acting triumph. And McGregor matches her in a performance of ferocity and feeling. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    If one person survives and 6 million are killed, or one person gets out and 3,000 are crushed, it's not really a happy ending - or even an adequate representation of the larger event. This is precisely the challenge that The Impossible faces and never quite overcomes. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    This is a tale not only of epic disaster but also of resilience. The Impossible is a nimbly acted drama that is at once a stellar visual achievement and a life-affirming story of familial love and courage. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Yet it's not just the visuals that make the movie what it is, a thrilling, if also punishing, tale of heroic endurance. The Impossible, based on a true story, derives most of its impressive power from two remarkable performances: Naomi Watts as Maria, and Tom Holland as Lucas. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Watts is extraordinary - she manages both the physical and emotional demands of the role, with soul-deep conviction. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The most memorable turn, however, comes from young Holland. There is not a moment in which Lucas' fear, or unexpected courage, feels less than real. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The Impossible is one of the most emotionally realistic disaster movies in recent memory -- and certainly one of the most frightening in its epic re-creation of the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. show more

  • 65
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    Starring flying debris and surging walls of water, The Impossible takes the template of the old-timey disaster movie, strips it to the bone and pumps what's left up to 11. show more

  • 65

    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. It wrings out tears with an industrious efficiency that leaves you feeling manhandled after the exhilarating, terrifying footage that's unfolded before. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Here is a searing film of human tragedy. show more

  • May 20, 2013 bv00000000150222
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    This touched on almost every emotion. Very touching. I feel so bad and great for the family in the movie.

  • February 12, 2013 tg00000000138386
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    Absolutely AMAZING! Ewan Mcgregor and Naomi Watts were incredible. I have not enjoyed a movie this much in years.

  • February 10, 2013 pbnails
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    This has to be one of the most power films I have ever seen. I cried most of the way through it. Hard to imagine being on a beautiful tropical island and all of a sudden without warning a wall of water coming with no where to escape. Unbeleivable!!!!

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  • February 08, 2013 doverw58
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    When did this movie come to my area? I tired of not getting movies I\'d like to see in our area.

  • January 30, 2013 jamjcorb
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  • January 27, 2013 mikesmutt
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    quite an amazing story brought to life with some unforgettable scenes---Naomi Watts was just extraordinary--- A-

  • January 27, 2013 ll00000000134403
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    really good movie , acting is amazing

  • January 26, 2013 leenmandy
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    This movie put into perspective whats really important, and that\'s family. What an unbelievable story. Worth every dollar.

  • January 23, 2013 wy00000000135639
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    awesome movie!! the oldest son was awesome!!!

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