Mission: Impossible Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
July 27, 2015
Still holds up as a fun, unique entry in the action spy genre and launched Tom Cruise's second career arc as an action megastar.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 5, 2011
What used to be an IMF team effort turned into another star vehicle for Tom Cruise.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Sensational, implausible, irresistible to teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
De Palma has a choppy, episodic sense of story, and he crafts individual scenes rather than telling a single unified story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Gonsalves
July 18, 2008
It's a mission De Palma shouldn't have chosen to accept.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 20, 2008
Nimble, expertly contrived summer entertainment that doesn't insult the intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic

May 20, 2008
The most dour, sexless piece of escapism in memory.
Zach Campbell
Slant Magazine
September 1, 2006
Unlike most action films, Mission: Impossible's distinct appeal operates not so much on suspense but on improbability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic

Time Out
June 24, 2006
Despite the snags, De Palma remains a virtuoso puppet-master, pulling the strings taut in a nail-biting robbery sequence, switching from micro to macro with Hitchcockian panache, and finally letting rip with a hell-for-leather climax.
Jason Zingale
May 12, 2006
Mission: Impossible helps remind us why the 1990s was such a powerhouse decade for great movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 6, 2006
...succeeds in offering up several exciting and suspenseful sequences, though one can't help but wish that the dialogue-based moments packed the same sort of punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 14, 2006
Each scene in and of itself plays very interestingly, even if they don't always logically lead one into the next scene.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 23, 2006
An incredibly boring and confusing espionage thriller...So inept on so many levels that it could easily be called The Bonfire of the Secret Agents.
| Original Score: 2/10
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Unfortunately, two scenes and a screwed up script, plus a big plot disappointment, do not a recommendation make.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael Dequina
January 8, 2005
A solid piece of summer escapist entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Check your brain at the door, wallow in the special effects, and ride it out until September when good old-fashioned action will once again prevail.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
I was riveted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
A non-stop fun run through Europe and the CIA headquarters.
Top Critic
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 18, 2002
Humorless, charmless and flat.
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Sean Means
January 1, 2000
Too devious for its own good.
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