The Unthinkable

critic Reviews

, 77% Fresh Tomatometer Score
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's very intense, overly long, and by the end I just wanted it to be over.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It is several different kinds of movie going on alll at once, but it's all of a piece and there's some beautiful cinematography.
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    Eric KohnindieWire
    The matter-of-fact nature of this conundrum unfolds with such subtle, elegant strokes that when a series of explosions suddenly begin to unfold across the country, they initially seem like little more than an afterthought.
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    Noel MurrayLos Angeles Times
    Some genre fans may be impatient with this approach at first, but by the end, it really works. This isn't just a story about a world-ending threat. It's a story about a handful of people who don't want to die before settling unfinished business.
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    Peter SobczynskiRogerEbert.com
    It's impressively staged, especially considering the low budget, and contains a number of action beats that put the film's high-priced Hollywood competition to shame.
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    Dennis HarveyVariety
    Despite some strikingly accomplished elements, the awkward whole never quite gels...
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    Although it turns convoluted in the second half, the film mostly sidesteps the cheesy, over-the-top tendencies you might expect, especially considering the modest budget.
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    Jade BudowskiDecider
    Effective both as an emotionally affecting drama and an epic disaster thriller.
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    David HarrisSpectrum Culture
    Shows a lot of promise, but by the time the film draws to its overwrought and melodramatic ending, it's hard to really care.
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    Mike McGranaghanAisle Seat
    Keeping the focus on human emotions, rather than rolling out endless scenes of destruction, sets the film apart.
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