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.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Watts is extraordinary - she manages both the physical and emotional demands of the role, with soul-deep conviction.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
It's agony, in a rewarding way, to squirm and cringe and groan through an ordeal so realistically re-created.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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By Jeannette Catsoulis
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.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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