Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Impossible Reviews

4.0

73

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 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.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe 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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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia 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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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyLisa 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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