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Mission: Impossible Reviews

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January 5, 2018
The "set" pieces of this film come off like clockwork, but there's no connective tissue -- no story line, no solid characterization, etc. In the end, De Palma's work seems full of sound and visual fury without signifying much of anything.
January 2, 2016
The film tries to push against its genre, and the auteurist flourishes are unmistakable.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
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
January 2, 2011
Sensational, implausible, irresistible to teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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+
July 18, 2008
It's a mission De Palma shouldn't have chosen to accept.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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+
January 8, 2005
A solid piece of summer escapist entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
September 10, 2002
I was riveted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 17, 2002
A non-stop fun run through Europe and the CIA headquarters.
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