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The Impossible

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J.A. Bayona

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About the Movie

Nominated for an Oscar® (Best Actress, Naomi Watts), this powerful drama tells the incredible true story of one family's struggle to survive against impossible odds. During a trip to Thailand, Maria (Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor), and their children must fight for their lives after a fierce tsunami begins wreaking havoc all around them. But even in the darkest hours, true-life terror is tempered by displays of courage and compassion in this epic journey to the very core of the human heart.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 186
  • Fresh: 151
  • Rotten: 35
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jan 3, 2013

Fresh: An intense and compelling family melodrama from Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona that sets a new standard for disaster cinema. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jan 3, 2013

Rotten: Alas, the movie tells a rather commonplace story. – David Denby, New Yorker, Jan 28, 2013

Fresh: Naomi Watts gives one of her finest, most physically commanding turns. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Jan 4, 2013

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Customer Reviews

So moving :(

Best Movie of the year in my opinion I thought this was way better than Argo
More believable by far!
Can't remember a movie made me cry more.
Fantastic written story about this family.

1 star

Sorry guys, if I could appreciate this movie, I would. As of now, 1 star only.


I was scared and happy all in one breath watching this family come back together.

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The Impossible
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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