The Impossible Synopsis
A vacationing couple and their three sons become caught up in Thailand's 2004 tsunami.
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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...
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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,...
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88

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...
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88

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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88

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...
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83

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...
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75

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...
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65

NPR

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...
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50

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...
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Heart-Wrenching!

By pedsarq
You should consider whether you're in the mood for a good cry or not before going to see this film. It's about the Tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004. A family of 5 get swept away and split apart by...

SWEEPING movie..no pun intended

By edbeachbum
The visual effects are incredible. To recreate the horror of that day must have been heart wrenching! The storyline is even more heart wrenching. Bring your tissues. An incredible movie worth seeing...

Heart-wrenching example of the Human Spirit

By Reel_Deal_Gal
I saw "Les Miserables" yesterday, and it didn't have near the emotional impact of this film. Literally, I sat in the theater for the full ten minutes of credits at the end just to compose myself, and...

Waste of time

By cielilund
Kept looking at my watch....certainly could have missed this one. Can't believe Watts nominated for Oscar ...all she did was moan and pass out....

A Horrifying and Emotional Experience You Will Rarely Find in a Film

By thesilentcat4
The Impossible does things many films wish they could do. Maybe it was the fact that the film portrayed real events. Maybe it was because of the great performances by Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor....

The Impossible Delivers

By travelbluesea
You understand (as much as is possible) what it felt like to be there. I felt each stab of debris as victims tossed around in the tsunami. Amazing. I went back and watched you-tube videos of the...

Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor astound you!

By Maaz
This movie made me want to jump into it and help these characters out; this movie depicts the unfortunate reality that a tsunami can cause and how you have to push forward with what you have after it...

Powerful story and agonizing to watch.

By Nacho Baggo
I cannot believe how well done this move was put together. The gripping emotions in each scene. The screams, the pain, the misery were at times too much for me. Watts played her deteriorating...

A MUST SEE FILM ABOUT A FAMILY THAT SURVIVED THE 2004 INDIAN OCEAN TSUNAMI.

By Peneflix
It felt appropriate to see this film on the final day, according to the Mayan calendar, of mankind’s existence; for many who survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and the hundreds of thousands who...

Horrible!

By phoebem
Would have been a great story to see on 60 minutes but not a 2 hour movie!...

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Rated PG-13 | For Disturbing Injury Images, Brief Nudity and Intense Realistic Disaster Seq
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Very intense story of family's survival against the odds.
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