The Impossible

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
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  1. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Jan 24, 2013
    50
    Movies are good at this sort of brute physicality, but the trouble with The Impossible is that is also tells a rather banal story. [28 Jan. 2012, p.81]
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jan 3, 2013
    50
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Dec 23, 2012
    50
    I'm not sure any other actress today could have pulled this off without seeming cheap or manipulative. The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for the movie itself, which often traffics in the manipulative.
  4. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Dec 20, 2012
    50
    There is a troubling complacency and a lack of compassion in The Impossible, which is less an examination of mass destruction than the tale of a spoiled holiday.
  5. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Dec 18, 2012
    50
    These horrors, and the absorbing performances of Watts and McGregor, will soon be undermined by a surfeit of sentiment.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Dec 18, 2012
    40
    When it comes to human emotions, however, the filmmaker is all thumbs, crassly fumbling for audience response via clich├ęd uses of dropped-out sound and the occasional twinkling piano.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Keizer
    Dec 13, 2012
    60
    The key selling point is Bayona's ten-minute reenactment of the tidal wave and its carnage, which is brutal, visceral and without peer. His visual mastery is almost enough to make up for The Impossible's conventional final hour and the empty feeling of trying to find the point of this whole exercise.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 265 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 73
  2. Negative: 5 out of 73
  1. Jan 6, 2013
    10
    Best movie i have ever seen. It's has a lot of heart touching moment that can make you cry . it's was so real that can make you believe in that movie
  2. Dec 21, 2012
    10
    The best Spanish film of the history of cinema.
  3. Dec 23, 2012
    9
    "The Impossible'' is a true story very intense story of family's survival against the odds.worth checking out for the acting and effects ,and"The Impossible'' is a true story very intense story of family's survival against the odds.worth checking out for the acting and effects ,and is not a remake movie. Full Review »